Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
It happens very rarely that I encounter a smartphone that resembles a laptop so much. Looking at the back of the Intel concept phone below, I felt I was looking at either a MacBook’s back or a Surface tablet.
This model doesn’t have a name, but we do know it’s an Intel machine, with an Intel Atom CPU inside. It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and packs 2 GB of RAM. Its chassis is stylish and relies on metal a lot. There’s a rounded back in the mix here and the back has a soft touch feel to it, at least in the camera area. By the way, the back cam is a 16 MP unit and it comes with a relatively flash LED flash.
The handset is slightly curved, but at the same time angular. It’s the creation of prolific Deviantart member jonaskvale, who also included a 5 MP selfie camera and a Quad HD screen at the front. Would this model sit right in the user’s hand?
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
The idea of a Nokia phone with Android isn’t new anymore and we’ve approached it dozens of times. However, the current Nokia company in Finland must stay put till 2016, when it will be allowed to make phones under its own brand again. Well, till that time comes we’ve got concepts, like the one below.
This Nokia Android phone was rendered by Chacko T. Kalacherry, who welcomes Nokia back to its form. There’s a slight Nexus vibe here, but some parts of the visual identity of Nokias are kept. The resulting device seems to adopt a metal case, with a clear Nokia logo above the display. The front camera is pretty big and interestingly enough the speakers seem to be on the sides this time.
This handset is rendered in silver and yellow and I’m guessing it comes with a 5 or 5.2 inch screen or so. The back camera feels a bit like the one of the Lumia 920 or Lumia 925 or Lumia 930, only with a bigger lens this time. The case is rounded and I’m digging those protruding buttons. Quite a return for Nokia, with Android Lollipop in tow!
Sunday, March 29th, 2015
Flux concept phone is pictured below and it’s said to have curved edges that feel “amazing in the user’s hand”. The phone is also described as classy and it uses metal on its chassis.
Created by Kevin Antony, from India, the
The Flux phone has rounded edges, seems to lack bezels and it shows some kind of complicated software on the screen. A lucky guess would be music making software. Its capacitive buttons hint at Android, while the general form factor makes me think of the older Lumia concepts. The back camera is discrete, with the two flashes being mere orifices.
The handset is very thin and it’s shown in blue, red, white, yellow and green, but you can certainly see more shots on the designer’s Behance page. Somehow this feels like a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge without the curved edges… What do you think? This would make a fine comeback for Nokia with Android on board.
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Android Desktop OS and those guys are working together to put in place a version of Android for the desktop. Its cofounder going by the name of Michael Jordan has rendered a potential look for the Android desktop platform.
There’s an interesting community on Google+ that’s called
If you check out the community you may get some very cool wallpapers to use on your devices, by the way. Michael details the core behind this desktop OS, claiming that behind it stands Skyhook, which is a main hub. Developers will be able to use it and create software for it easily. This version of Android will run on X86 devices easily and apparently it will be able to turn a Ouya into a PC at some point.
Skyhook is meant to get rid of fragmentation on Android devices and also get rid of confusion. Lollipop already started with the purpose to deliver the same experience on the TV, watch, car, tablet and phone, but what about PCs? In the meantime, other ways to get Android on PC have appeared, like the Andromium project.
There are two guys you should keep an eye on: Jason Serilei Dragunov and Michael Jordan, who have been working many hours a day for the past years, to create the missing link between Android an a Core i7 PC, for example.
What do you think so far?
[via Android Desktop OS]
Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
Nokia C1? I sure do, because a lot of websites took the concept and made it into news, saying that Nokia’s N1 would be followed by a C1 phone. Well, that concept is back today in two more renders and a list of specs, courtesy of its creator, Deviantart user mrtomone.
Nokia C1 features an Intel processor, a quad core one clocked at 2.8 GHz and there’s also Intel Mobile HD graphics included. The phone has 3 GB of DDR3 RAM, 32, 64 or 128 GB of storage, a 5 inch LED backlit IPS screen with a Full HD resolution. At the back there’s a 20 megapixel Pureview camera with Carl Zeiss technology and Ultrapixel as well. Upfront there’s a 5 MP shooter and inside there’s a 3100 mAh battery.
Nokia C1 concept has a new LTE module and comes in two versions, a Windows Phone and an Android 5.0 Lollipop one. Would be cool if it would be a dual boot model, but I suppose you’re left with the choice here. If the Nokia C1 was anything like the N1, it would use Android 5.0 with Z Launcher on top, instead of the dual OS thing. What do you say? The design is also not bad, but it does feel like an iPhone’s case was in the mix.
Sunday, December 14th, 2014
HTC Android Wear device. HKI stands for Hasan Kaymak Innovations and this model features a rounded body and elegant metallic strap.
Hasan Kaymak pulled from his archives a smartwatch concept dubbed HKI One Wear, that would make a fine
The device has some nice looking crown buttons on the side, very elegantly finished. The device runs Android Wear with a very minimalistic UI and don’t be surprised if BlinkFeed makes the cut, as well as HTC Watch and other services and features, maybe even a remote Zoe or something. It would be nice if HTC launched its very own fitness service, making their watch even more unique, but enough about HTC and let’s focus on HKI.
This one is a premium model, certainly not a mass market one, but rather one with a stainless steel case and strap, that should make you spend hundreds of dollars for. Why not thrown in a sapphire glass, a phosphorescent glowing light and an augmented reality app that connects to your phone and shows you stuff from your surroundings on the watch’s screen. How crazy is that?
[via Hasan Kaymak Innovations]
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]
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