It looks like someone has been paying attention to the Android 4.5 Lollipop leaks and creating concepts based on it… Greg Ives has imagined the HTC Nexus 2014 concept shown below, a very nice piece of work based on a new Android.
The version here should be Android 4.5, judging by the recent leaks. The handset’s back is very similar to the HTC One and One M8 and features a sci fi looking flash and a camera with what seem to be two Duo Camera style additions. We’ve got the trademark cut in the metal case, for the antenna and the device is gently rounded like the One.
There’s a slight LG vibe at the front of the device and seeing how the sensor mania is evolving, I expect an impressive number of sensors or cameras upfront. Amazon is said to have 4 front cameras on its device, while Google’s Project Tango also brings a lot of cams to devices. Other things worth mentioning? The HTC Nexus 2014 has a very small bezel, virtual on screen buttons and has the On/Off button and volume buttons on the sides.
Not so long ago Google debuted the Android Wear platform and with it came the promise of a cool Motorola smartwatch dubbed Moto 360. And today we see a bunch of app concepts for this smartwatch, showed below.
Created by Chris Halaska, the one above is a train schedule app, that’s pretty well fit to the round screen. I’m guessing it’s based a lot of side swiping and it seems to show us that the watch has a pretty crisp display. Then there’s a Weather app from Kreativa Studio and its effects are anywhere as cool as the ones from HTC Sense, I’m sold.
A circular UI would also work nice here, with those circles moving around. Then there’s the car alarm app from Alex Martinov, that pretty much speaks for itself, while the Nixon Digital Tide Surf App is minimalistic and seems pixelated, in a cool funky way. It’s made by Dann Petty. Even Flappy Bird made the cut, as shown in the source link below and we also see a Spotify special app from Rico Monteiro with a nice circular UI.
The possibilities are endless, so playing with the SDK will give birth to a ton of new Moto 360 apps. Who’s excited?
Google unveiled today a platform called Android Wear, that basically triggers the start of the Android smartwatch era. The idea is to integrate Google Now on your wrist and a very efficient notification and device interaction system.
LG, Motorola, HTC and ASUS are already on board and so is Samsung apparently. In the video below you can see some reference design concept Android watches, one of them very nice looking. It’s a circular device, much like the Motorola Moto 360 that has been teased today. The screen is incredibly crisp and the text is excellently fitted onto the small screen.
Google Now works like a charm and everything is done via voice and less by touch. I’ve heard Fossil is also getting involved with this initiative and seeing how great their watches are, I expect great things here. Here’s two devices to keep an eye out for over the next months: the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360, both confirmed today!
Created by Mohammad Najjari, the Yahoo Phone concept below is a device that we may actually see in the near future. We all know that Yahoo has an ambitious CEO, who wants to leave a big mark in the tech industry and she may push for an entry in this field.
The Yahoo! smartphone is also dubbed y! Phone and it has Android 4.4 KitKat, an 8 megapixel camera at the back and a front 3.2 megapixel cam. It comes in 16, 32 or 64 GB versions and supports 4G LTE and 3G connectivity. The screen is an edge to edge one with a mystery diagonal, probably 5 inches and a 720p or Full HD resolution.
This is the type of phone that’s probably a 720p unit with KitKat and a very low price tag, to make it appealing. It may even cost $200 and inside I expect to either see an octa core MediaTek surprise, or some other affordable solution. The case design is pretty basic and the back side doesn’t feel very inspired. What do you think?
In lack of a good concept phone these days we resort to the smartwatches, like the new model below. This is the Ibis dual face smartwatch concept, that was unveiled last week and apparently played a part in Mobile World Congress 2014.
Finnish company Creoir Ltd. is behind this concept, that looks more like a piece of jewelry rather than a smartwatch. The Ibis features a stainless steel body and also crystal elements. In case you’re wondering, its design is inspired by a flying bird spreading its wings in order to protect its baby bird on the back.
This smartwatch concept features an OLED display with touch support, WiFi, Bluetooth and USB. This model has a built in accelerometer, an e compass also included and it runs on Android with a custom UI. This device will connect to both iOS and Android devices and it can receive notifications from your smartphone and also act as a remote control.
Deviantart member TheTechnoToast has created some very interesting concepts in the past, like the Nexus X device and now it’s back with a 12 inch Nexus tablet. This is the Nexus 12 and it also comes with a brand new UI for an OS that’s supposedly Android 4.5.
The Nexus 12 is a slate made from single piece of matte stainless steel, with chamfered edges around it and the power button. The Android release on board features a dedicated Google Now button in the center of the status bar and a brand new notification system. As far as the specs go, they’re as hardcore as you imagined and include a 3.4 GHz octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 2000 CPU, as well as 6 GB of RAM.
The 12 inch Super AMOLED screen supports a 5K resolution, that’s 5120 x 2700 pixels and the display is covered with scratch proof Sapphire Crystal. Inside the Nexus 12 concept there’s an 8000 mAh battery and at the back we’ve got a 32 megapixel camera with 8K video capture. This product is able to multi boot into Ubuntu, Chrome OS and Windows RT, plus it has USB 3.0 for charging and fast transfers.
Since this is an edge to edge tablet, there’s a special smart touch technology on board to avoid unintended touches. What do you think of this device?
Although we’ve seen press renders of the Nokia Android phone known as Normandy, there’s something missing from all of them: elegance and a cleaner design. Now Techradar decided to render the device and give it its own video, that’s shown below.
They got inspired by the leaks surrounding this handset and created these renders. As you probably know, the handset is said to pack a Snapdragon CPU, 4 inch display, 5 megapixel camera and it even got certified in parts of Asia already. For some reason the Android experience is covered up with a set of tiles-based UI.
There’s a slight Nokia N9 vibe coming from this model, but the Pro Cam app and Skype sure look hot in that video. I have only one fear here: that the Nokia Normandy is going to end up a bulky midrange phone that nobody wants to buy. Or, if the resolution is below 720p it will be a low end phone nobody wants to buy. Still, the concept per se is cool…
This may not be a concept handset, but it may remain a prototype forever. The Nokia Android phone Normandy has been leaked and rendered before, but today it’s the first time we can have a glance at its customized UI.
This is Android but with a layer of pure Nokia on top of it. There are times when you feel the influence of MeeGo and Symbian here, particularly on the first screen. Some specs have also leaked for this model, thanks to the benchmark shown below. It appears we’re dealing with a 4 inch dual SIM smartphone with a 5 megapixel camera and the codenamed for it is Nokia A110.
The Nokia Normandy relies on a mystery Snapdragon processor and it seems destined for the Indian market, judging by the on screen names. I also supposed it has about 4 or 8 GB of storage and 512 MB of RAM. By the way, the benchmark shows Android 4.4 KitKat is running on this leaked Nokia. Will it ever be real?
A team from Hungary called Codebuild has imagined the way Android 5.0 would look like and this projects dates from before the KitKat announcement. We’re dealing with a minimalistic approach, one that feels a bit like iOS 7, if I can say so.
We’ve got a clean lockscreen with simple unlock options, nothing fancy. There are also extended widgets with swipe functions and a very discrete border-free look. You can now swipe down with two fingers to show the extended widgets and there’s a bit of a card-style UI going on here. The home and apps screen has been redesigned and so have the icons, as show in the Android 5.0 concept pics below.
The setting screen is now much cleaner and the notification bar has become transparent, from what I can see. The icons from the Settings area have become much simpler, being simply white symbols on a slightly transparent background. The dominant colors of this UI are blue, gray and apparently purple, although that may be caused by the background.
Jinesh Shah has rendered the famous HTC One 2 aka HTC M8 aka HTC Two in the following pictures, focusing more on the UI, than the device design. The result is a phone that runs Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0 on top.
The handset has an unusual design, with a slight asymmetrical look going on. Its corner edges are turned in the opposite direction and the last time I’ve seen a design like this, its creator claimed it was easier to hold this way. HTC Two features proeminent dock icons below the BlinkFeed area and in the homescreen and lockscreen.
Those 5 dock icons make me think of MeeGo for some reason, but maybe it’s just me remembering that OS wrong. There’s also a new BlinkFeed transition and effects applied here, plus a new set of icons. The BoomSound speakers on the HTC One 2 look even bigger now and the device seems a bit wider. The new HTC One is expected to debut at MWC 2014, with a Snapdragon 800 or 805 CPU, a 2K 5+ inch screen and 8 Ultrapixel camera.