Get a peek at the new soft keys that Sony will probably introduce alongside Android 5.0 Lollipop

Get a peek at the new soft keys that Sony will probably introduce alongside Android 5.0 Lollipop
Sony's already aiming towards an early-February release for Lollipop on its newest handset, the Xperia Z3, and from the looks of it, the Japanese manufacturer will be debuting some new on-screen soft keys. As you can see in the gallery right below, these look are slightly revamped in comparison with the current batch of soft keys that Xperia users are using on a daily basis. 

It looks like Sony itself teased the revamped navigation keys - these were spotted in a couple of new screenshots from Sony's recently updated Movie Creator app. Much to our surprise, Sony has not fully adopted AOSP's set of soft keys, which resemble the company's PlayStation icons more than anything else.

Of course, a multitude of other Lollipop features will certainly land on the devices slated to get the newest Android update, such as a new default runtime (ART), a revamped carousel-like recent tasks switcher, as well as numerous performance improvements. If you're wondering when Sony's going to updated your Xperia device with Lollipop, you can check out here.

What's your take on this new soft keys? Share your comments below!

source: XperiaBlog



1. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

Those look awesome, the circle looked kind of stupid.

10. TruthSpeaker unregistered

I like the (central) circle shaped soft key, very PlayStation. I've had it on my Z2 for a while now, thanks to the free Xperia Lolipop lite theme.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5750; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Same I like the circle icon more It reminds me of app drawer button and Apple's home button This house icon looks somewhat out of place But more importantly Sony need to fix their camera processing, they have made good progress though considering the Z3's camera is now highly rated And updating their other icons and UI would be good too

2. Benoit

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

it looks playstation-ish. I like it.

3. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

So this is what I'll be expecting for my Tablet Z? Sweeeeeet.

4. Obie-Wan

Posts: 113; Member since: May 24, 2012

Like it, playstation-ish :) Very typical Sony style.

5. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Cool but they should have done that earlier.

6. Cyagocaliz unregistered

That home button looks like that of HTC...

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Looks awesome just can't wait for Lollipop :D

8. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Soft keys look good. Glad that Sony diversifies its overall design language. PlayStation buttons would have been too obvious.

9. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

rubbish (Home Button) !! .. i liked the stock android one .. they all look perfect !!

16. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Sony can't please everybody. Sony owe you an apology.

12. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Looks HTC-ish, but I like it!

13. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

All angles no circle. Good Sony.

14. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Dat 2nd screenshot

15. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Sony please add split screen mulltitasking :)

17. jpraveensn

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

but they have "small app" which IMO is a better alternative for split window!

18. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I agree... Split screen is superior on big devices such as Phablets and Tablets... but on smaller devices (Z3 Compact, etc) it makes much more sense to use small apps... specially the way you can arrange and hide them quickly.

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