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

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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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posted on 15 Jun 2013, 11:26 50

1. daniel_bargs (Posts: 325; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)

Wow, it's very beautiful!

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 11:45 23

3. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 11:59 69

8. MCrapp (Posts: 318; Member since: 07 Apr 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!!!!!

posted on 16 Jun 2013, 01:21 5

40. androidrockzz (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Feb 2012)

And the lock screen not secure too!!

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 12:08 12

11. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1489; Member since: 04 Jun 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.

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 12:14 12

13. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 16 Jun 2013, 00:23 2

38. quakan (Posts: 1396; Member since: 02 Mar 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.

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 12:49 10

16. Furbal (unregistered)

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

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 13:31 12

24. jaychildz (Posts: 129; Member since: 31 May 2013)

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

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 12:49 5

17. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

More beautiful than this? Heck no.

More beautiful than modern Android? Still no.

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 13:11 18

19. hms2407 (Posts: 94; Member since: 25 Apr 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 !!

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 22:38

37. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 16 Jun 2013, 01:26

41. Sitchiro (Posts: 6; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)

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

posted on 16 Jun 2013, 09:20 1

46. TechDork (Posts: 313; Member since: 10 May 2010)


posted on 18 Jun 2013, 03:19 1

49. Sitchiro (Posts: 6; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)

honest mistake of the keyboard :) lol

posted on 19 Jun 2013, 02:28

50. Samir_Maric (Posts: 89; Member since: 28 Oct 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

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 01:27 3

52. spideyhead256 (Posts: 148; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 11:33 23

2. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)

TaKe that iOS7!!

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 17:48 8

32. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

They may copy this in their next release :p

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 11:48

4. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 14:59 7

29. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Isn't that just a Nexus 4?

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 21:00 2

36. Igneel (unregistered)

Well, Nexus 4 IS smoking hot xD

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 11:49 21

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.

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 11:52 17

6. meyy91 (Posts: 7; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

Promising UI..! Really..!

RIP IO7.. We Droids are always ahead..! ;)

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 11:52 3

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

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

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 11:59 17

9. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 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.

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 12:13 4

12. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1489; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

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

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 13:43 1

25. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)

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

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 14:35 4

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

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

posted on 16 Jun 2013, 08:45

45. taikucing (unregistered)

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

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