Android 5.0 concept video has some good ideas

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. 



1. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

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

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Multitasking UI looks wonderful.(concept video)

18. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

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

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

20. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 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.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31299; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That is lovely. Jedii approved.

3. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

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

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

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

11. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 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).

23. jimv1983

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 10, 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.

4. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

6. Hmong_Xiong

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

That was beautiful.

8. jdot104

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

9. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 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!

10. jad.boutary

Posts: 107; Member since: Sep 04, 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

12. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

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

13. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 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.

14. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

poor apple

15. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

That looks slick.

16. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 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.

17. ilia1986 unregistered

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

21. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

So much better than ios7 sent from my ios7

22. deathgod

Posts: 122; Member since: Nov 23, 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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