Monday, November 3rd, 2014
LG G Edge, a concept phone, that seems to have a main body that expands into two extra areas. Since it’s a G phone, it has to be a sort of flagship.
I’ve received a very interesting email from Nilesh Chaudhari, who proposes a new design for LG handsets. He envisioned the
Also, from what I can see it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, so it’s clearly a high end and new model. The main body of the device seems to be made of a curved piece of metal, with the upper and lower area extending to the exterior of the device. That area includes the speaker and camera. There are two speakers included, one at the top and one at the bottom, as well as a back speaker, so three in total. The main portion of the handset incorporates an edge to edge display.
The geometrical shaped Android buttons point towards Lollipop and the format of the LG G Edge is certainly unusual. I’m wondering how those extended parts will get out of the body. If it were up to me, I’d make the LG logo a sort of button, that once pressed, it would pull out those parts. I’d also place the microSD and microSIM card slots in the extendable areas. I’m speculating so much because Nilesh only sent us a teaser for now…
What do you expect from this model?
[Thanks Nilesh Chaudhari]
Saturday, November 1st, 2014
Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Duos 2 concept is a midrange phone with Android 5.0 Lollipop on board and a design that would make a BlackBerry jealous. The handset sports a 3.1 inch display, a 2000 mAh battery and a 4 row QWERTY keyboard.
Rendered by Hajie Jimenez, the
It also comes with a 1.3 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2 MP front shooter. The internal storage is 4 GB and we’ve got a microSD card slot with support for up to 32 GB storage. The handset is slightly rounded and it also has buttons that protrude outside and are curved themselves, for comfier typing. We’ve also got a joystick thing going on, below the display, next to the Back or Home buttons.
The case is most likely made of plastic and the back side is probably removable, offering access to a series of slots, probably including two SIM ones. This looks like a pretty wide model and I certainly wonder how the physical keyboard goes with the Lollipop experience.
[via Hajie Jimenez]
Thursday, October 30th, 2014
Project Ara, the famous modular phone from Google a few times, but we’ve waited till things got even more serious, before covering it again. That day has come and you can check out the device below, as it’s being developed.
This modular phone concept has being detailed and flipped on all sides in the vid, courtesy of a Boston contractor called NK Labs. They even show the device powered on and running Android and give us details about some of its chips and their positioning within the modular mechanism. The video was posted by the Phonebloks website and certainly its greatest part is the end, where we see the first Project Ara prototype phone getting modular pieces attached and then running Android.
This model is Spiral 1 and Spiral 2 will also bring Toshiba made pieces, according to NK Labs. Big things will happen in January, when there are two Ara conferences scheduled. The possibilities here are endless and this is just the start of a product that will change the world of telecom forever.
[via Android Central]
Monday, October 27th, 2014
Hasan Kaymak could design such a punk rock phone like the HTC One Bloom 3? It’s made of solid metal, at least at the top and bottom and it features a screen that makes the images pop up. It also seems to run Android 5.0 Lollipop and it has minimal bezels.
Who other than
HTC One Bloom 3 is a concept that features very discretely hidden BoomSound speakers, within the metallic “caps” at the top and bottom. This time the body is rounded both at the edges and at the corners, plus the profile slightly. The only thing not shown clearly here is the back of the phone, that could hide anything. I’m expecting an Ultrapixel camera in there, maybe with a fingerprint scanner next to it and a special pulse sensor, who knows?
If HTC were cool and since they seem to like accessories, they may as well release a magnetic accessory that brings you those features altogether, instead of being mainstream. This way you can buy a cheaper HTC One Bloom 3 without OIS, fingerprint scanner, extra Duo camera and other crazy sensors/features, or you can purchase the attached magnetic mechanism with all the goods. What do you think?
[via Hasan Kaymak]
Sunday, October 19th, 2014
HTC watch that uses Android Wear. This model brings some design lines we already knew, but also new material choices and a better look at its software.
Hasan Kaymak has created one or two HTC watches before, but today he’s back with a
Well, for one thing there’s no such thing as a real HTC Watch in real life, so we have to be happy with the concept here. We get a body design that feels like the Moto 360, with metal in the mix, a bezel free circular screen, with the glass very exposed. The belt is made of metal and the interface is circular and minimalistic. There’s a slight gap between the glass and metal body, leaving room for a slight screen edge.
We’ve got a crown button on the side, a physical one and a minimalistic UI for the music player and phone calling app. This is only part one of the experience that Hasan unveiled and we’ll be back with part two soon. In the video below you can see on screen notifications, a rotating dialer that feels old school and more goodies.
[via Hasan Kaymak]
Friday, September 12th, 2014
David Quijada has imagined a very stylish phone, that seems to belong to the luxury handset segment and it’s dubbed Styline. This model is made of natural leather, has a platinum bezel and silver soft keys, as well as sapphire front keys.
It packs a 5.5 inch OLED display with an atypical resolution of 2100 x 1200 pixels and a 16 megapixel back camera with CMOS sensor. Inside the device there’s a quad core Snapdragon 1.5 GHz processor, probably a 64 bit one. This model has WiFi, LTE , NFC and FM radio and it’s able to run Android and Windows Phone 8, either as dual boot or as alternative OSes. It’s a narrow phone with a huge camera area and for some reason I’m sensing some Sony design identity here.
Not sure about the screws around the camera area, although there are people out there who love to see mechanisms exposed on their devices. I would imagine this model has a high price, seeing how it’s specced and the precious materials it includes. I’ve heard of golden phones before, but a platinum handset is a first.
Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Nexus 8 shown below, that seems to have been built around Android L.
Sometimes, when the leaks don’t exactly cut it and you don’t have enough info about a product, a designer will opt to build his concept around the OS. That’s basically what happened to the
The Nexus 8 is said to be an upgrade to the Nexus 7, but honestly speaking lately I’ve heard more rumors about a so called Nexus 9 made by HTC or Motorola. The model shown here is supposed to be a HTC Nexus 8, one that comes with a quad HD display, with an 8 inch diagonal and a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Expectations are that we’ll see a Super LCD here, apparently.
The body of the slate is said to be made of metal with polycarbonate filings, much like the latest HTC phones. Wireless charging should also be available and the CPU inside could be a 64 bit one, or maybe a Snapdragon 801 with 3 GB of RAM associated. An 8 megapixel camera with Ultrapixel tech is also expected.
Monday, August 25th, 2014
HTC concept smartwatch, created by Vishal Bhanushali. This one is a metallic smartwatch, that’s truly premium and runs Android Wear.
There are very few things nowadays that can be called “wonderful” and among them there’s this
It’s also shown in gold, looking absolutely stunning in that flavour. The belt is sectioned, following a trend that has been available on watches for many decades now. Its main body is not square, neither circular, but rather rectangular and slightly curved from the profile. We have a dial on the side of the HTC Omni concept smartwatch and the screen looks great, especially with those animations on top of it and beautiful transitions for the various social networking apps.
Vishal included solar cells in the metal strap for extra battery life and overall this looks like a great piece of work. It also looks pretty resilient, but not exactly waterproof. This is more of a premium product, rather than your run of the mill fitness freak accessory filled with gimmicks. It only serves as an Android Wear machine, with a basic CPU and a premium price for a premium body.
[via Vishal Bhanushali]
Friday, August 8th, 2014
The folks of The Techno Toast don’t mess around when they create software concepts and this one here is a selection of renders for the Android after the L version. I sure hope the designers mentioned above won’t mind that I’ve chopped up their work into pieces, so the public can enjoy it better below.
So, after all the minimalist, high battery life and high performance of Android L comes a red Android. It’s dubbed Android 5.1 Malteser in the case of this concept and it’s “designed to feel chocolatey”, according to those who made it. It also introduces some new ideas to Android, like support for Android tablets with Intel quad core processors, compatibility with full Windows desktop programs like Steam or Illustrator for example.
There’s also 64 bit support, allowing up to 16 GB of RAM, a new “swipe anywhere” lockscreen and a homescreen without a dock. The dock has moved to the notification shade and we’ve got a new status bar and navbars that will always autohide. The OS is much cleaner and it seems based on various flavours of red and white. It feels like Christmas has come early…
Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
Android Silver since, but here it is again, materialized as these 3 renders:
As you know several months ago there was a rumor saying that Google was going to give up the Nexus program in favour of something called Silver. At Google I/O the makers of Android dismissed this theory and said that Nexus is here to stay. We haven’t heard anything about
We’re dealing with your typical Nexus format device, a model that adopts an upper and bottom rounded area, straight edges and a pretty wide format. There camera at the back is incredibly small and discretely, especially considering how big the cameras of the Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 5 were. Side buttons are also discrete, while the front side stands out through ultraslim screen bezels.
The OS is Android L, so somehow this is still a Nexus, without it being called Nexus, but rather Android Silver. LG is said to be making a Silver phone, but that’s a very remote speculation. This handset shown here is said to have 3 GB of RAM, a metallic case and a 3000 mAh battery, as well as a larger screen, in the 5+ inch area. What do you think of this model?
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