Key Lime Pie UI concept looks nice, but has few surprises

Key Lime Pie UI concept looks nice, but has few surprises
Android software concepts are a much harder business than iOS concepts. Apple is so careful about what features it adopts, there are a wealth of options for concept designers to play with like widgets, dynamic homescreens, etc. With Android, there are so many stock features, or features available through custom launchers and apps, that it makes it much more difficult to come up with compelling concept designs for the next version of Android Key Lime Pie.

A new concept render of Key Lime Pie by designer Jinesh Shah looks nice, but offers few surprising features that make us excited for the possibilities for Android 5.0. In general, the concept is fairly minimal. It adds some slight transparency on the notification bar and widgets (although transparent widgets are nothing really new, it's cool to see a slightly transparent Google Now widget.) It also adds overlapping widgets, like you could get currently in various custom launchers. 

One interesting feature in the concept is the idea of widgets that can be hidden and surfaced with a gesture. The lockscreen also has a great new design that we would love. The lockscreen has a scrollable Google Now widget that includes notifications, so your Google Now stream is front and center. Some may find this to be a privacy issue, but we would love it. The lockscreen also has a quick button for voice search (something we desperately want), and the actual unlock mechanism is tucked away at the bottom. 

The lockscreen looks a bit like a supercharged DashClock that is open at all times, instead of having to be pulled up by expanding the content box. And, that is an idea that we can definitely get behind. We've been searching in vain for a way to have more accessible info on the lockscreen and less of that silly unlock mechanism. 

We'd love to see more concepts for Android though. Apple has had the market cornered on concept renders and that needs to change. 


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56 Comments

1. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

Wow, it's very beautiful!

3. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

ios7 is even more beautiful,,,android fans gotta admit it this time !!

8. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

1.I hate iOS7 icons 2.Lockscreen wallaper loks like HTC wallpaper from Sensation 3.3D wallpapers loks like inspired by Samsung and new TW. 4.Dialler loks like calculator 5.Calendar made by Google ................ ................ And F......U.......Apple!!!!!

40. androidrockzz

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 04, 2012

And the lock screen not secure too!!

11. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

U sure bro? I am not a fan of any OS, ios7 bring alot of improvements to current os like multi tasking,control center etc but I must say the new introduced UI is still behind android & WP in terms of looks, It lacks the wow factor, dont get me wrong it does look modern but not better than wp&android. And its definitely a nice improvement to current iOS users. Enjoy just my personal opinion.

13. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Reading iPhone fans comments on the internet, it looks like even majority of them won't agree with you.

38. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I personally wasn't sure how to feel about the look and feel of iOS 7 until I got my hands on it. I love it much better than the current iOS. Definitely refreshing and pleasant to use. I'll be ready this fall to install it as soon as it is available.

16. Furbal unregistered

Android can be whatever the user wants it to be. So no, it is not more beautiful

24. jaychildz

Posts: 144; Member since: May 31, 2013

We can get that iOS7 s**t thru an app!

17. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

More beautiful than this? Heck no. More beautiful than modern Android? Still no.

19. hms2407

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

ios 7 more beautiful?? according to 80% apple fanboys ios 7 is the ugliest update they ever received...no offense but those neonish colors make ios 7 look gay !!

37. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

They were brainwashed and they will never get used to the newer iOS 7.. that's where the avid fandroids kick in.

41. Sitchiro

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

Are you out of your mind ? open your eyes to really!

46. TechDork

Posts: 399; Member since: May 10, 2010

*reality

49. Sitchiro

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

honest mistake of the keyboard :) lol

50. Samir_Maric

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

In IOS7 like toggles etc....., Apple didn't comes with new things. They added some features what android already have...., I still like Android user interface much more then IOS7

52. spideyhead256

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

honestly? iOS7 looks like a goddamn fruit salad to me.

2. ihatesmartphone unregistered

TaKe that iOS7!!

32. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

They may copy this in their next release :p

4. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

body of phone is smoking hot.its almost ideal.love to see it in real.

29. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Isn't that just a Nexus 4?

36. Igneel unregistered

Well, Nexus 4 IS smoking hot xD

5. SleepingOz unregistered

Can't wait for KLP and its full desktop support. KLP will widen the gap even more between Android and every other OS.

6. meyy91

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Promising UI..! Really..! RIP IO7.. We Droids are always ahead..! ;)

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

would like to have the HTC one mini running this :)

9. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Key Lime Pie will shock ppl. It's a complete rework of the Linux kernel code rumored to run smoothly on as low as a 1-core CPU with 256MBs of RAM.

12. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I heard it will run on 512mb ram its really will be good for law end android phones

25. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

If that happens the Low end Market will be Flooded will Android.....(as if that's not happening now ;) )

26. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Yeah, but flooded with much better quality. Bring it on!

45. taikucing unregistered

that's what I'm waiting for. I hope it can run linux program natively & java program

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