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

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



1. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That looks pretty nice.

4. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

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

12. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

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

20. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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

24. thelegend6657 unregistered

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


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

3. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

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

5. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

lets hope we can port lockscreen and launcher to other this old sharp launcher 313247

6. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Hope it will be avaliable on cyangenmod soon!

7. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

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

10. whothisperson

Posts: 102; Member since: May 06, 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.

8. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 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

9. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

11. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

that was awesome!

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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. :)

14. A.aoudi

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

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

15. AbhiD

Posts: 891; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

sony and htc just got really good competition...

16. iliketech

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 17, 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...


Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 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

18. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 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.....

19. sunjain65

Posts: 16; Member since: May 21, 2012

Now that's how android skins should be.

21. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011


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

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.

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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