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]
Saturday, June 28th, 2014
Android Silver is something totally different.
It’s been a very long while since Bob Freking has created one of his wonderful renders, but here he is again, with a concept based on Android Silver paired up with Google Nexus. Apparently, a report has said that Google won’t give up on Nexus and
Android L has been confirmed to run on the next gen Nexus device, according to people from the Nexus program. Android Silver could end up being the equivalent of the Android One program for premium smartphones, offering timely updates and stock software. We have been hearing a lot of rumors about a HTC Nexus tablet, but there’s no product showcased so far, so what should be believe?
Of course, Android L is coming this fall and only then we may see the next Nexus. In the meantime Bob Freking’s design seems to mary the LG G3 design with a slight modern Lumia vibe and a very powerful flash combo (Xenon, LED and probably some laser guidance). I see we also get colored areas at the top and bottom of the screen, maybe speakers? What do you think that Android Silver is?
Friday, June 27th, 2014
Android L on Google+ you’ll see a few dozen developers posting their experience with the new Google Android release. Although it doesn’t have a final name and the finalized version may come this fall, the OS looks almost ready to me.
If you do a quick search for
The first picture above was posted by Jean-Louis Nguyen and it appears to be all stock. The triangle, circle and square are placed at the bottom as the new Home, Back and Multitasking area. The phone, Hangouts and Chrome icons are pretty much the same as on the Nexus 5, while the status bar at the top isn’t that highlighted any more. The Android button area is also not separated from the main UI, as shown here.
The second screenshot shows us the new Android L previewed on the Nexus 5, based on the Material Design standard. There’s also MultiROM as secondary ROM and the Beautiful Icon Styler with the Tendere icon pack, so not exactly 100% stock. I have to say that looking at both pics I don’t find the WiFi, signal and battery icons to be different from the KitKat ones, although at I/O the ones shown on stage did seem a bit more narrow and the icon design a tad more minimalistic.
[via Cody Diehl and Jean Louis Nguyen]
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
Android 5.0 Lollypop today, but they did tease a new “L-release” with a few screenshots. I am about to analyze them below, mentioning that I’d rather deal with hardware renders than software renders…
OK, so Google did not announce
So, first things first: everything feels minimalistic and flat, with the black keyboard being downright HTC Sense material. I find the black background of the settings to be odd, but cool in a Tron-like way, while that bright green toggle is something I truly hope we won’t be seeing on the final build of Lollypop. It feels like inverted colors on iOS 7, to be frank. The move to Android buttons that look like a triangle, circle and square is also odd, but at least this time it has been tried before: Sony and its PlayStation interfaces got to that point sometime.
The Gmail new UI has too vivid colors for my taste and the two shades of green/blue/whatever color fits the menu you’re in, but every time in a darker shade for the status bar. The battery, WiFi and signal icons have been simplified even further and made narrower. I feel that we’re heading back to Gingerbread or Cupcake fast… how about you?
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