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Sharp joins up with design firm to craft Feel UX skin for AQUOS

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Sharp joins up with design firm to craft Feel UX skin for AQUOS
For Sharp’s new line of AQUOS smartphones that are scheduled to debut in Japan for summer 2012, it will also be unveiling a completely new user experience. It has collaborated with design firm, frog, to create the entirely new “Feel UX.”

Some of the features of Feel UX include:

•   Personalized and innovative lock-screen experience, allowing users to browse photos and widgets without unlocking the devices
•   Real-time weather display motion experience and animation
•   Desirable, gender-neutral palette and visuals
•   Streamlined, curated home space to smoothly manage applications, widgets, and shortcuts

"To capture the expanding market of smartphone users, we wanted the new Sharp AQUOS handsets to be a unique kind of Android experience, to look and feel different and standout from competitors," said Paul Pugh, Vice President, Creative, Software Innovation at frog. "By simplifying the interaction model and reducing clutter through a more curated experience, it will be immediately apparent to customers how to use the phones and make them more personal. In addition, the design caters to current Android users by giving them new tools to organize and optimize their handsets, while personalizing the phone in ways not previously possible."

You can check out the video below to see Feel UX in action. At first glance the skin appears to support several attractive features, but as always, the ultimate test will be using it out in the real world to see how it stacks up in everyday life.

source: Engadget

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posted on 18 Jun 2012, 09:53 7

1. tedkord (Posts: 13785; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

That looks pretty nice.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 10:29

4. PhoneLuver (Posts: 481; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)

I love it!! Although I see trouble brewing with how they create folders..
I'm sure iSue has already contacted the lawyers!

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 11:13

12. rf1975 (Posts: 259; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

Yeah. It look cool. Hey Sharp watch out may be Samsung already shipping SIII with new UI.....

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 16:30 1

20. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

it looks nice... but the home screen seems impractical... i mean isnt the whole point of widgets and shortcuts that they are all centrally located and you dont have to go find them... just personally i like having the normal android layout with the apptray.. but the design looks nice

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 01:36

24. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

Looks good .
But photos and widgets on the lock screen feels too overwhelming for me
Prefer the simplistic stock ics way

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 09:56 9

2. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

Apple will be suing Sharp next claiming that they are infringing on Apple's Rectangular Paper Napkin patent.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 09:59 2

3. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)

Now that's a nice looking skin. Upsetting Sharp doesn't send some over to the American side.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 10:31 1

5. josephnero (Posts: 590; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

lets hope we can port lockscreen and launcher to other phones.like this old sharp launcher
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1 313247

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 10:40 1

6. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

Hope it will be avaliable on cyangenmod soon!

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 10:41 1

7. frydaexiii (Posts: 1475; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

Wow, that looks pretty good. Kinda like a good mix between Android and WP.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 11:11 2

10. whothisperson (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 May 2012)

Yes, I agree. Base on the video, it doesn't seem to have home screens rather 3 sections instead, Apps, Widgets, and Shortcuts. That's pretty damn smart that I'm surprised no one thought of. This eliminates all the clutter of having widgets and apps together on each page which is in fact unnecessary.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 10:57 5

8. Mitchel (Posts: 228; Member since: 25 May 2012)

F*ck! It is so beautiful! Damn! I will not be surprised if Sharp will best Samsung for No. 1 Android phone maker in the near future! lol

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 11:01 5

9. metoyou (Posts: 279; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Nice..the power of Android! bring your handset to NA please

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 11:13 3

11. xtian1103 (Posts: 363; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

that was awesome!

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 11:27 5

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

I've always wanted a WP for myself but thought I would miss Android completely. This brings the two together like cereal and milk. :)

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 11:50 3

14. A.aoudi (Posts: 125; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

This is really different compared to all of the custom user interfacesbi have seen too bad it is Japan only

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 12:02 2

15. AbhiD (Posts: 96; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

sony and htc just got really good competition...

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:19

16. iliketech (Posts: 75; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)

When are they going to start selling this in USA? I will buy it. It looks pretty good. Except for the boxy design... but then again LaCie had the "Porsch Design Drives" that I guess sold... and it was a boxy design...

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:39 1

17. DKMDROID (Posts: 103; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)

looks extremely good would love to see an international launch but correct me if im wrong, is there elements of iOS and WP7? like the widgets were set kinda looked like live tiles in a way that being said the whole UI looks awesome uncomplicated yet sophisticated i'd prefer this over most of the custom IU's that most manufacturers lay on top .... well apart from xperia UI and TouchWiz

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 15:41 1

18. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

It looks kind of fun. You have to believe it is coming to the States and other markets at some point. Very interesting, Mr Sharp. You have our attention.....

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 15:47

19. sunjain65 (Posts: 16; Member since: 21 May 2012)

Now that's how android skins should be.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 17:22 1

21. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


posted on 18 Jun 2012, 18:26 2

22. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

SHARP NEEDS TO START bringing their PHONES TO THE STATES. I love their TV's but man THIS PHONE IS SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL. I would buy SHARP over Samsung TV or cell phone

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 19:24 1

23. GeekMovement (unregistered)

It looks really nice. Sharp seriously makes amazing phones in Japan. Wish they could come to the US market. That would be awesome.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 01:38

25. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

Why don't sharp bring their RGBY Matrix screen to mobile
Check their tv on a store and looks amazing almost as good as a Samsung

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