Custom Kernel Fixes Overly-Sharp Text Bug on the LG G3

December 1, 2014 - Written By Yash Garg

Even though after sales support from the manufacturer (mind you, this includes firmware updates) is paramount, one simply can’t ignore the power of community support these days. That’s perhaps why the aspect of community support is now a major criterion whenever one’s out to buy a smartphone, tablet or any other consumer gadget in this day and age. Often, 3rd party dev support churns out a massive feature, but in this case we’re going to tell you about a major fix that’s now available thanks to developers at the XDA community.

Although a couple other manufacturers might have beaten LG in launching the world’s first QHD/2K display phone. The G3 was and remains to be one of the most popular, and easily available Quad HD smartphones out there. However, as they say, with great power, comes great responsibility. While the G3 is a mighty fine device it does lack the readability of fine print. This is because of  the artificial sharpening effect that the devs at LG thought would look great on the already retina shredding display. Tech reviewers and early adopters of the smartphone reported it first, and then the general junta concurred about the utterly (and often overly) sharp text being a hindrance.

Thanks to indie dev Skin1980, there’s now a fix available to make text easier to read. You’ll however have to flash his custom built kernel, in the process of which you might void your warranty (discretion advised!). As usual, to perform a custom kernel flash, you’ll have to have your G3 on an unlocked bootloader, and also be using a custom recovery. Instructions to those are easy to find, but you are on your own so be wise before performing any rooting/flash activity on your phone. The kernel itself claims to only do away with the artificial sharpness filter, which means that all of the rest of your G3 won’t change a hair’s worth. However, this will at least leave you with a far more readable display. Please find more info on the custom kernel in the source link at the bottom of this post. Do let us know if you decide to flash the custom kernel, and how it goes with you!