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LG G2, LG G Flex firmware update will add Knock Code security feature

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LG announced Tuesday (March 25) that its signature “Knock Code” feature is heading to the LG G2 and the LG G Flex. The new Knock Code security feature is a native app found on many 2014 LG smartphone releases, including the G Pro 2, G2 mini, F series and L series phones.

Beginning in April, LG G2 and G Flex device owners in specific regions will be among the first to obtain Knock Code via a firmware update. Knock Code lets LG device owners conveniently and safely wake and unlock their phone by tapping or “knocking” their device with a personalized pattern. It’s based on LG’s popular “Knock ON”, feature of the LG G2.

With over 80,000 possible “knock” combinations, Knock Code offers more convenience and security over the commonly used password and pattern phone unlock features. “Knock Code is also more responsive compared to bio-recognition systems, which are much more susceptible to variations in the environment,” LG said in a news release to Examiner.

Under Knock Code security, four invisible quadrants make up the display of the LG smartphone. To enter a code, users can tap or “knock” anywhere within the quadrants from 2 to 8 times in any sequence that they wish. According to LG, a recent survey indicates that consumers want an alternative solution for device security. Over 50 percent of participants chose Knock Code as the most anticipated feature of the LG G Pro 2 smartphone.

“LG engineers placed a great amount of emphasis on providing users with exceptional security and convenience when developing Knock Code. Making Knock Code accessible to a wider audience is consistent with our direction to differentiate LG mobile devices on the basis of user experience,” president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, Dr. Jong-seok Park said in a statement.

More details about the availability of the Knock Code firmware update will be revealed within the coming weeks.

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