With the release of its G3, LG took the idea of a smartphone case with a rectangular window for alerts and gave it a new spin, coming up with the QuickCircle case. In fact, the company was so excited with its new design that it announced the QuickCircle case a few days before the G3 itself had its official unveiling. At the time, LG informed us that it would be releasing an SDK to allow third-party devs to start taking advantage of this portal of sorts, and this week we see LG share news of the SDK’s availability.
The QCircle SDK, as it’s called, will let devs prepare lockscreen widgets that will work through the QuickCircle case, allowing users basic functionality without the need to open up their phones and engage with the full versions of apps. While at its heart this isn’t significantly different from the arrangement with previous windowed folio cases, the circular shape affords devs some new possibilities with what they can do for a UI; we spitballed about this a little on a recent Pocketnow Weekly, talking about ideas like a rotary dialer, or a combination dial to unlock your phone.
QCircle is just one of many of the SDKs LG’s released for its phones, and the company intends to take full advantage of Google I/O later this month in order to familiarize developers with all of them. Asking independent devs to take the time to craft software specifically for your smartphones can be a tall order, especially when you’re not a market leader, so it’s going to be important for LG that it’s able to convince devs that embracing these tools is worth their while.