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Android 5.0 concept video has some good ideas

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Android 5.0 concept video has some good ideas
There haven't been a huge amount of Android concept videos, especially considering how many iOS concept videos we see (although the number is certainly higher than the number of Windows Phone concept videos around). But, designer Craig Tuttle has decided to put together a concept video with a couple very good ideas for changes that we may see in Android 5.0.

The basic idea is one that is very plausible: the expansion of the card UI that Google is so fond of. Most of that in Tuttle's view will come from an expansion of Google Now. We definitely like the idea of having Google Now cards embedded within apps, but having Google Now being part of the notification tray is highly unlikely. Remember Google can't integrate its services that deeply into the Android system, because that bottom layer is open-source. Google has to run its services as a closed-source middle layer between the open-source Android and the closed manufacturer UI. 

Tuttle's concept also has the idea to change the multitasking menu from the side-by-side card layout used now with a stacked card UI similar to the tab switcher menu inside the Chrome Android app. The only other change is the move to more white colors in the system, although once again that is unlikely because Google wants to get better battery life on AMOLED displays. 


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posted on 19 Sep 2013, 14:12 18

1. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 737; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


I love card based UI of Google, especially Google Now, Very modern indeed.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 14:19 15

5. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 737; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Multitasking UI looks wonderful.(concept video)

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 02:59 2

18. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


there should be an option to choose between white and black themes.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 04:00

19. vincelongman (Posts: 1038; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I agree, and there should be an option to make it automatically switch to the black theme at night.
Also the battery life of OLED phones would increase as well.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 07:15

20. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Yes, one of my friends had a samsung with an AMOLED display and there was some setting(he showed it in the browser, don't know about the whole) that converted all white on the page to black-sort of colour inversion. The battery life went up significantly.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 14:16 5

2. darkkjedii (Posts: 10464; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That is lovely. Jedii approved.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 14:18 10

3. MalakiMills (Posts: 256; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)


That multi-tasking UI looks really clean, also they need to integrate mms and sms into hangouts, make it the base messaging app.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 14:21 5

7. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 737; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Agreed a unified messaging app will be great.
I love the way WP do with its people ,messaging hub.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 15:21

11. datsyuk (Posts: 156; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


Amen to the both of you. Unified messaging app please that goes through data and is way faster and reliable than cell service (MMS never gets through on Android my exp has been horrible).

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 17:56

23. jimv1983 (Posts: 21; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


I'm not sure if I like it. I don't use Hangouts because no one else I know does either. I'd rather just have SMS. If they update the Hangouts app so I can still get the experience I want then fine but if not it will be a problem.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 14:19 4

4. imkyle (Posts: 979; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I love Google Now, but I do not want those cards in my notifications area.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 14:20 2

6. Hmong_Xiong (Posts: 32; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


That was beautiful.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 14:23 3

8. jdot104 (Posts: 47; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


I love this. I do have to agree with imkyle though. I don't want any cards in my notifications. Otherwise this looks fantastic.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 14:37

9. Klamba92 (Posts: 195; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


Looks great, hope KitKat is similar to this, I also hope there is the ability to hide/show the on screen keys. I thought if it was key lime pie they would add a pie gesture ui, not so sure anymore but I hope they implement that the most!

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 14:58

10. jad.boutary (Posts: 107; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


hate it that google now I don't need it when i have blink feed and multitasking on htc one I love more than that multitasking window

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 15:55 1

12. Sakeem (Posts: 131; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


Nice. I would welcome this update if it were real. Nice job.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 16:32

13. MistB (Posts: 553; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


About damn time stock Android received a facelift, change the tired 2011 look already. Must be one of the few that thinks it's time for a complete overhaul, this concept is a fresh start. I viewed a video comparing Ubuntu to stock android on pocketnow, and it really shows how bland and stale it looks now.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 16:51 4

14. 1113douglas (Posts: 189; Member since: 04 Jul 2013)


poor apple

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 17:51

15. AfterShock (Posts: 2554; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


That looks slick.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 20:09 1

16. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Android has for the most part always been more function than fashion, wouldn't surprise me at all to see a bunch of this being officially released soon. Increasing the scope of Google Now makes a lot of sense, especially when you consider how much resources Google sunk into it to get it where it is now. I remember a long time ago when Eric said they saw the personal assistant approach like how Star Trek's computer was, you just spoke to your device to get the answers you needed. Google Now is achieving that very well, all you have to do is look at the Moto X to see it.

posted on 19 Sep 2013, 23:40

17. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Very nice, but a dark theme for all that would be awesome! :D

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 07:37

21. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


So much better than ios7

sent from my ios7

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 12:37

22. deathgod (Posts: 119; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


"The only other change is the move to more white colors in the system, although once again that is unlikely because Google wants to get better battery life on AMOLED displays. "

not necessarily. Google has switched to a white background with no option for a dark theme in a lot of their apps like popular app YouTube.

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