More new screenshots showcase Sony's beta stock Android UI concept

More new screenshots showcase Sony's beta stock Android UI concept
Swedish website Swedroid has given us an early peek at Sony's new "Concept for Android", which is currently making trial rounds among beta testers in Sweden. We've already understood that Sony is reimagining its Android user interface along Motorola's lines, simplifying the experience not by reducing graphics and features, but rather by sticking to the stock "Google" feel while sprinkling some branded apps, icons, and functionality on top of its already great looks.

While we've seen bits and pieces of the experience in the past few weeks, we hadn't really been treated to the big ol' gallery of screenshots that our hearts desired... up until now, that is! The screenshots, published by Swedroid, portray a Nexus-like experience, with the ROM based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and a minimal addition of third-party apps. Sony's Album, Music, What's New, and Xperia Lounge apps are still present, and the camera app is unquestionably Sony's. Future updates could see more apps and features added to the experience.

Sony's plans for the concept aren't exactly clear at this point, but we won't be surprised if the "near-stock" feel graces its mobile devices in the near future. According to the poll we did, most of you unquestionably prefer the feel of stock Android over most manufacturer skins, which means you ought to be happy with such a turn of events.


source: Swedroid via Xperia Blog

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26 Comments

1. gnppw

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

the sony style home button looks better than that circle home button tho.

13. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Thr circle fits better. All we need now is an X button for old-style PS button configuration. Everything kinda looks the same imo.

17. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

The "X" is already there for many apps as the "close" button... so you already have it

2. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I see no big difference here..

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Hopefully the difference is that updates will take Sony a few weeks, instead of several months

5. mixedfish

Posts: 1544; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

People had nothing to complain about to begin with. It was more like finding fault for sake of it.

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

This!

22. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

it's just that ...i expected more..

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Dam I thought Sony's icons couldn't get uglier But very easily fixed with an icon pack, so no deal breaker by any means

6. josephnero

Posts: 776; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Those are stock icons........

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Look at 3,4 and 7 Definitely not stock

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Ugly? Xperia UI has a more uniform look and feel than any other, except for stock. If uniformity is ugly, then the rest are just horrendous

23. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Unifrom???Those glossy icons in Material design looks uniform to you???

25. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Uniformity? Maybe with PSN But not with Android Holo or Material Design

21. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

But...those are the stock Google Icons.

7. josephnero

Posts: 776; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I prefer Xperia UI to this

10. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I prefer quicker updates with RRO Layers engine so everyone can get Xperia UI look. That's the way every OEM should take IMO

8. techsavvy.jaz

Posts: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

Sony's was probably the second lightest skin after Motorola's and with Themes support, is still very good, I am not sure why Sony is fixing something that's not broken.

9. lallolu

Posts: 731; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

It does not look much different to me.

14. Feanor

Posts: 1318; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I must really laugh with the comments; people have been complaining about how Sony's interface looks so dated, despite having made gradually a transition to nearly stock Android these past 1-2 years. Now that this leaked interface shows a 95% stock Android flavour, people cannot see the difference anymore (which is partially true, because already Sony's skin is really really close to stock Android already). So, why have been people complaining about so called dated Sony interface?

18. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

People from this website suffer from something very similar to "Mass Hysteria", that happens when the media, in this case PA's authors write about something that might or might not be true, or even very subjective and then, readers follow blindly and believe without crosschecking... Authors: "Sony's UI is getting old... blah blah blah" Readers: "same old UI from Sony... blah blah blah"

15. enzotarece

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

All who was complaining are idiots cuz they heard one person saying so an they pick it up same with the bezel story they don't know wat they want plz leave Sony alone gosh

16. emotionalextremist

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

ugly and outdated No Thanks Sony

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I always liked the Xperia UI. This looks like a step backwards to me.

20. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

I don't get it. While I'm not that of a Sony user (still rocking the Tablet Z), I find their UI to be near stock.

26. SK_WS

Posts: 46; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

why don't they just ship their phones with Google launcher with their own apps... Come on Sony stop wasting resources on the UI and fix your rubbish camera please

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