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?
Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Nokia N Arc concept handset here and now the designer is back with an affordable handset. Usually we see concepts of high end high price smartphones, but this time it’s different. The model shown below is an Android One unit, a budget phone.
We’ve written about Timblaer’s
The designer calls it an Android L device and includes a back speaker, a main camera with two flashes (if I’m not mistaking those for something else), as well as a single capacitive button upfront. This model is described as “the perfect budget phone” and it comes with a slightly angular back design and a shell that makes me think of those affordable tablets for children.
Android One was supposed to bring the latest Android software to budget hardware and it’s based on Indian device makers and emerging markets for starters. This handset would do just fine as the first phone of a buyer, or that cheap and low end second phone. The design isn’t conventionally sexy, but it’s appealing in a functional way.
Friday, July 18th, 2014
HTC smartwatch below.
Do you know what the easiest way is to leak a product? One person sees it in confidence, maybe in prototype phase and then he uses what he saw to help designers create a render that shows the leaked device. This is exactly what I think happened with @evleaks and the
It has been created by the famous Jonas Daehnert and Ferry Passchier, both credited below. Dubbed simply HTC Android Wear, this model has some pretty big bezels for my taste and it’s also more elegant than the other Android Wear devices. It relies on a metallic belt and metallic body, with a highlighted display that really stands out from their body. The interface is tile-based, a bit like BlinkFeed in a smaller version.
HTC Android Wear looks a like a watch that would have been impressive back in 2011, but now standards have changed. We’ve seen a ton of iWatch concepts, the beautiful and real Moto 360, so we know smartwatch designs can impress and be stylish. This HTC Watch concept is a good start, but it needs to get rid of those big bezels…
[via evleaks, Phone Designer and Ferry Passchier]
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
HTC Nexus 8 has been rendered before, but this time it has Android L on it and a 64 bit processor. This is the render created by Vishal Bhanushali and we even have a video of the tablet below. The model has a soft touch back from what I can see and it’s pretty slim.
The back texture looks like the one of the Nexus 7 2013 and at some point there’s also a Nexus 6 in the mix. HTC Nexus 8 concept runs Android L, with the famous Material Design and it relies on a 64 bit that’s either an Intel model or maybe a Qualcomm one. We’ve got BoomSound stereo speakers, which is a logical step, considering that the Nexus 7 2013 had some pretty good speakers as well.
The designer also has an interesting approach, claiming on his Behance page that the HTC design language was used here and the Nexus line too, in tandem with the minimalistic Android L look. I can only think of the Material Design being also used as inspiration for hardware design, not only software. We’ve got bigger upper and lower bezels, there’s room to place your fingers on the sides (in landscape) for an improved gaming experience.
Nice to see a landscape view on a smaller tablet.
Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Nokia Lumia X with Android L and Canon camera technology, but they seem so much more real when they’re turned into renders. Designer Vishal Bhanushali has imagined the way such a phone would look like and you can see it below.
I didn’t exactly believe the recent rumors about a
The Nokia Lumia X seems to keep the Fabula Design and it comes with a 20 megapixel Pureview Canon camera, placed at the back. Its edges are rounded and its back is flattened out. We’ve got Android L on board, with its cool new multitasking and those geometrical shape Android buttons. This model is a bit wide, just like the Lumia 1020 and it comes with a pretty big camera area. It also includes a Xenon and LED flash, as far as I can see.
I see a circular pattern at the back, pretty much like ASUS used on the metallic Transformer Pads. I have to say that Android L looks mighty sexy on the Fabula Design body. I’m pretty surprised to see Canon’s name included here and I’m sure Nikon will retaliate at some point. Would the Nokia Lumia X work in the real world?
Thursday, July 10th, 2014
HTC One Wear, shown below:
LG, Samsung and Motorola are getting a lot of coverage lately thanks to their Android Wear watches, so HTC must get in the game before it’s too late. Luckily we have concept designers like Hasan Kaymak to render the future smartwatches. He imagined the
This is an Android Wear device with a metallic body, a minimalistic interface and a few classical buttons on the side. The 3 pictures shown here offer us a glimpse into the phone call area, the weather app and music app. The design opts for the circular approach like Moto 360, not the rectangular one of the LG G Watch or the Samsung Gear Live. From what I can see, the bracelet is metallic, or at least starts off that way.
I’m not sure that metal would suit the fragile skin of the wrist, that’s constantly rubbing against some fabric and all sorts of bothersome materials. I think that smartwatch makers should find a way to offer a more skin friendly material, not rubber, not plastic and not metal. Maybe a combination of canvas with some other sweat-free material. The UI is pretty much in line with the Android Wear direction.
What would you like on the smarwatch made by HTC?
[via Hasan Kaymak]
Monday, July 7th, 2014
Sony Xperia Nexus concept has been sent to us by Adam Safranek, who rendered it as a rectangular flagship smartphone with Android L on board. The design is your typical predictable rectangular affair, with ultraslim edges and a centered back camera.
A brand new
We get very discrete buttons, that seem to have the same size all over the device. This model is a bit wider than the usual Xperia handsets and it relies on virtual Android buttons that adopt the new shapes associated with Android L. We have no specs for this model, but we can speculate it comes with a 20+ megapixel camera, with LED flash, a 5.2 inch 2K display and 3 GB of RAM.
We also have 32 GB of storage here, 4G LTE and the back side doesn’t seem made of glass this time. We’re dealing with a matte surface here, maybe soft touch in typical Nexus fashion. The Xperia Nexus is pretty thin, but overall it’s pretty predictable. In case the diagonal is too big, this model may not be very comfy to hold, actually. Every time I see an Xperia, I tend to believe it’s not comfy, because of the straight edges and how they “cut” into your palm.
Friday, July 4th, 2014
From what I remember there hasn’t exactly been an avalanche of Android L handsets in the world of concepts, so this Motorola phone is a treat. Below you can see the Motorola Moto XL, created by the brilliant
We all know that Motorola is lurking in the shadows, after being bought by Lenovo and they took the phone launches down a notch. They’re surely preparing an Android L phone and they’re still in the smartwatch game with the Android Wear model Moto 360. But how about phones? We’re due a Moto X+1, but till then we get a phablet looking unit from Hasan Kaymak. We only have the name and looks to go by here…
So, if I can speculate I’d say this model packs a 5.5 inch display and it’s aimed at being a HTC Desire 816 rival. It has a quad core Snapdragon 400 CPU, dual front speakers, a 13 megapixel camera and 2 GB of RAM, in my view. The screen has a pretty small bezel and there should also be a front camera in the mix. I can’t really say how this model stands out from the crowd… Exchangeable covers again maybe?
[via Hasan Kaymak]
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