Sony's Xperia Lollipop skin vs the older KitKat layout: UI comparison

Sony's Xperia Lollipop skin vs the older KitKat layout: UI comparison
If yours is on the list of Sony devices due an upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop, it's probably safe to assume that you're running out of patience. Indeed, whenever the company starts seeding the new firmware, it'll likely be too late for it to not rank last in terms of speedines of software updates. Thankfully, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua displayed at Sony's booth at MWC 2015 in Barcelona had Lollipop loaded on it, and it of course featured Sony's proprietary Xperia theme on top of it. In order to give you a taste of what's coming, we took a number of screenshots of its new interface and put them side-by-side next to the older KitKat layout.

In general, you shouldn't expect a massive update. The changes we spotted are mostly visual, as Sony obviously had to adhere to the new Material design language. That may sound a bit disheartening, but the reality is that Sony's skin is in a dire need of a bit more eye candy, and the new build focuses on exactly that.

Check it out:

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57 Comments

1. GeekMovement unregistered

Looks nice.

2. Kumar123 unregistered

Looks really nice. I'm glad to see Sony is improving their software.

8. GeekMovement unregistered

I agree, this is good news. Liking the familiar lollipop UI.

18. Kumar123 unregistered

Sony should cooperate with google for the next nexus phone. I'm sure many android fan will love to see a Sony nexus. It will also give them much needed recognition they need in the U.S.A. market. So far I'm liking what Sony is doing with their UI. Sony's UI needed a big visual shakeup and from the looks of it they will deliver it. Good luck Sony.

20. GeekMovement unregistered

I'm all eyes for a Sony Nexus. +1

24. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Well, I'm impressed kumar. Sometimes you do post something that actually make sense.

25. Kumar123 unregistered

I'm a honest person. I say what I truely feel like. And I feel that Sony should be the next contender for nexus device. Sony makes excellent hardware and with google's pure version of android Sony nexus would be one hell of a nexus device.

35. BruceLeeRoyJenkins

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

That would be quite interesting to see. BUT, if Sony doesn't make the next Nexus, which seems pretty likely at this moment, they should produce the Z4 on multiple platforms. Follow what HTC did with the M8, take a great phone, minus the horrible camera, and release a Google Edition, and a Windows one as well. Appeal to those who prefer stock android and Windows

44. Mutation.X

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Absolutely agree. I would definitely buy a Nexus Sony. Especially thier sexy sharp angular design, rather than those hideous curves.

28. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

What the heck is iphone doing in 9th picture of about menu? And all sony did was adding a blue band on top of all the apps. Bingo. Lollypop for ya !

32. kabiluddin

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Well, I think they did much more than that. All Sony app has a new looks (or should I say material design inspired looks), all the icon looks much flatter, the notification and recent menu is practically the stock version of Android . But I still see a few skeuomorphic design aesthetic left in the UI. Hopefully with the final build they will remove these conflicting design aesthetic.

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

While it's definitely a step in the right direction, I want to see the full UI in person. Looks a lot better.

34. BruceLeeRoyJenkins

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Agreed, but does Sony seem to be in awkward spot. Both Motorola and Sony have light android skins, which has advantages, but the rest of the competition has a more heavily skinned, feature rich UI and that appeals to most people. So, would Sony be better off with a more heavily skinned feature rich UI or just going straight stock android?

46. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Wait... Was image #9 (About Menu) really an iPhone5? One black. One White.

3. mocir

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Picture 9??

7. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

PA trolling. :P

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Inb4 someone says they knew they favored the iPhone over everything.

49. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They did this the other day too, threw a random nokia in a slideshow

53. Hyde_Yamato

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

pict 9 came out from nowhere :p

4. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It does look great

5. tjnapster555

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

really like it sony didnt change a lot which is good for user just minor ui change

6. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I think Sony have prepared two UI's for their Lollipop update, one with minor changes but with material design which is what we'll be getting for our Lollipop update, and one with new design with material design for the Z4. It's alright to receive the minor one now, at least they changed the icons that many people have been craving about. It looks good nonethelss, it looks close to stock Android.

9. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

looking goody sony

10. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

I really like the design. I Can't wait for the Xpeeia Z4!

11. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

Simple and clean... Superb

12. Zero97

Posts: 37; Member since: May 15, 2014

IMO kitkat settings look more premium than lollipop.

37. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

White on black, you can't beat it. Unfortunately people prefer kiddy colors.

13. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

the most beautiful ui in any android smartphone .. no doubt

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Disagree. Nothing beats stock.

31. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

A weak ago, my choice would have been Sense. But the new TW looks promising, the way you ll be able to customize EVERYTHING that has to do with the UI is superb. You can have Sense theme, switch it to Stock in matter of seconds, or go with Xperia's UI if you feel like doing so. The sky is your limit in terms of customizing your phone with the new UI.

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