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Android 5.0 “Key Lime Pie” UI Concepts Hitting the Web, Give Us Very High Hopes

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As we approach the rumored date for Android 4.3′s launch on June 20 (at least, that’s what our sources say), many have already come to the realization that we should not expect Google to introduce a new interface for the OS. It will still be called Jelly Bean and nothing too crazy will happen. What most in the business have their money on is that we can expect to see Google change up Android’s look in the iteration after next, being Android 5.0 “Key Lime Pie.” That’s when we will see some new colors, icons, wallpapers, etc. take place. 

Graphic designers appear to be already creating their very own concepts for what they would like to see in Android 5.0, playing more with lockscreen widgets and revising the Android homescreen look. Artist Jinesh Shah took to his Google+ page recently to post up a few pictures of his own ideas, some of which we have become big fans of. While it comes off as minimal and clean, there is enough information on any given homescreen and the lockscreen to give off the sense that this concept would be highly functional and practical for users.

The lockscreen widget shows a comprehensive look at this user’s upcoming meeting, even showing a map preview of its location. Below that, we can see upcoming flight details, all of which would be able to be customized under new settings that would come with KLP. As for the homescreen changes, what sets this concept apart from others is the idea of “hidden” widgets. With swipes and other gestures, you could reveal other widgets that don’t necessarily have to be on your homescreen when not being used. It’s a fantastic concept, one that we probably wouldn’t mind seeing implemented.

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Via: +Jinesh Shah | Reddit

  • Joseph Palma

    Can a brother get some god dammed contrast? Light text on a light background is the worst design decesion possible.

  • julian

    Where can I find that wallpaper from the concept please?

  • ryan f

    Alright who can make a render of that wallpaper?

  • ddevito

    This would be a nice UI for a custom ROM, but none of this matches Google’s design language in their new apps, particularly the white card design.

  • NexusEnthusiast

    I concur!

  • NexusEnthusiast

    Can someone make this please?? Like a theme or launcher? Something!

  • http://www.mwilber.com Matthew Wilber
  • Bionic

    X phone 4.3 on 7/8/13

    • Kurt Caldwell

      are you talking about the xfon coming with 4.3

      • Bionic

        Yeah. I think motorola /google may surprise us.

        • Kurt Caldwell

          I hope so cause its a new rumor that the Moto X will come with the same specs as the xfon i hope that’s not true

  • Linda Mitchell

    Beautiful concept. I really like the Google Now cards widgets on the lockscreen and the semi transparent status bar.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/111211435527425505173/posts LLoyd

    Now we just need a Google Edition Note 3 to run this on…pleeeeezzz

  • Michael Harrison

    Guessing I’m the only one who thinks this doesn’t look very good at all. Everything looks too faded and washed out. Seriously, I’d be screaming for a Black theme really fast over this.

  • Danny

    Here i was … So excited … Sucks that i missed the word “concept” until i re-read it

    • Linda Mitchell

      So, I wasn’t the only one with selective reading. :)

  • quiro91

    Android 4.3 on 20 june? Interesting, is your source reliable?

    • mechapathy

      I’ll just spare them the trouble and go ahead and say no.

  • ricardo_r21

    I wonder why they placed the Hangouts App in the spot where the SMS app is usually at. Does this mean hangouts will now finally be in the same app as SMS??

    • kashtrey

      I’m sure that’s what the designer thinks will happen but in case you missed it this is pretty much just fan-art and has nothing to do with Google or what KLP will actually look like.

  • HitokiriX

    Dame lo!!!!!

  • Brandon Haines

    Not to boast, but I really like what I have done with my phone button and app far button in the pic below. It would give android a different feel rather than the drawer button down the middle. They should also try to apply hybrid now as the standard to get more screen resolution on phones today with the bigger screens. That’s part of the reason my idea works with the offset app drawer, phone and settings icon.

    • J

      nice !! …. can u share ur source for the icons and which launcher u use to achieve this

      • Fattie McDoogles

        The icons are the Stark icon set from Kover.

        • suprkain

          The icons from Kovdev are all squared icons.

      • Brandon Haines

        http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=

        They are the paid version of metro inspired icons.

        The launcher is lightning launcher, which allows you to resize and place icons anywhere without a grid. The solid white icons are minimalist.

  • Adam Outler

    Those designs do not match the Google design styles recently released.

  • http://twitter.com/pcDroidski PCed

    Percentage % battery please!

    • Gamblor77

      Get a Galaxy S4 it’s built in ;)

      • ReturnOfTheMack

        Ain’t nobody got time for that!

  • joejoe5709

    Not bad! I like it! I really like the Google Now-esque feel of everything.

  • Carter0108

    They’d better not have transparent notification bar. Worst thing about GS4 and HTC One.

    • Stocklone

      I have a completely transparent bar on my phone’s ROM. I hope the next version goes back to black. It’s driving me nuts. It severely limits what wallpapers I can actually use and not make the notification bar completely unreadable.

      • LionStone

        I got rid of the notification bar, for now, I don’t really miss it. Got rid of the App drawer too, everything is swipe gestures, for Apps, Settings, G Now… I’m using a dual dock for the apps I use most. I put my Search bar down low so it’s easier to thumb tap rather than reaching all the way at the top and same for pulling down the shade, I can pull down from midway, rather than pulling down from the top edge, much easier with one hand, on the DNA anyway. As for KLP, I’m all for more swipe gestures, obviously :)

  • bob

    Once again, THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT ANDROID WILL ACTUALLY CREATE. Please change the title to match the content of the post

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Which is why they are called “concepts.”

      • bob

        No, the phrase “give us very high hopes” in the title implies they may have been created by google.

  • mechapathy

    I kinda hope it doesn’t look like that. A lot of these changes don’t actually accomplish anything, and instead are changes for changes sake.

    • Eric

      Idk that whole widget thin seems awesome and the lockscreen would be sweet too.

      • mechapathy

        Yeah, the widget thing might be cool. But then again, I’d rather that stuff stay out of the way, in the notification shade. Same with the lockscreen. I like the way widgets work now. It’s obviously all a preference thing. The Google search widget above the dock seems like a mistap waiting to happen, though. Also, the swipe path on the lockscreen is too small, and would require precision. Which would be obnoxious. And the translucent navbar is cool when you’re in the launcher, but then what does it do when you go into an app?

        Don’t get me wrong. It’s a cool, creative concept. But I don’t want to use it.

        • Lynton

          You make some good points. A lot of these concepts features look cool, but might actually end up being annoying and not even improve on the functionality.

          • mechapathy

            Exactly. To me, android is a great combination of pretty and utilitarian. I don’t want pretty things just because.

        • Eric

          It would go black in an app. Also I don’t think there would be any issues with the lock screen button. It looks to be the same as it is currently just moved. After all we have 5″ screen phones I don’t think it would be an issue.

          • mechapathy

            I guess, as far as the lockscreen is concerned, you wouldn’t necessarily have to swipe on the perceived path. But the issue is that there is one. That empty space below the widget and to the left of the lock icon indicates to me a path.
            In the current lockscreen, you turn the screen on and you get this great little visual cue. Concentric dotted circles radiate from the lock, indicating that you can swipe in any direction, on any path, outward from center.
            Unfortunately, this decision was made because unlocking via swipe on a pre-determined path is lawsuit material.

  • starnovsky

    What’s up with pastel colors? iOS7, then this…

  • BHuber

    Errrrmahgawd this is perfect

  • Dave S.

    Can’t stand the thick/thin (digital) clock readout. Should always be the same font weight and have the colon between the hours and minutes.

    • Lynton

      I feel the exact opposite. I have my time widget pretty much exactly as shown in the concept.

  • Sebastian Lundgren

    WOW!!

  • http://ryanscottmiller.com Ryan

    Want!

  • daniel123450

    CANT A MAN GET A PROPER TRANSPARENT STATUS BAR? seriously that looks sweet though.

    • epps720

      Check out the HTC One , it has the transparent task bar

      • Adam Schadt

        you mean gs4

        • epps720

          No I mean the One

          • Adam Schadt

            last time i checked, the status bar on that was black.. send me a screenshot if i am wrong (i could be)

          • Guest

            It is on the home page, here’s a generic wallpaper I put on to show

          • Hans Pedersen

            Though the GS4 is transparent all over, including behind the static shortcuts in the bottom.

          • epps720

            Here’s a screenprint, just applied a generic wallpaper

    • Hans Pedersen

      Get a GS4. :)

      Sent from my GS4 with a transparent status bar.

  • jaylanPHNX

    That hidden widgets concept has been implemented. Action Launcher Pro lets you swipe on an icon to get that app’s widget on the screen.

  • Chris Schmucker

    Take notes, John Ive

    • carlisimo

      I was actually thinking that the gradient in the wallpaper reminded me of this: http://jonyiveredesignsthings.tumblr.com/. Not as neon, but still suspiciously reminiscent…

      • Larizard

        That Tumblr was a joy to read lol.

        I just noticed: Is it just me or does anyone else think the new iOS look is eerily similar to Google I/O 2013′s look?

        • JonBurm

          I thought that too. The graphic design for both google products and apple products is going in the same direction – colourful, flat and thin!

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Where do others stand on these? Because I find them little more than a tease. Sometimes these concepts are great, and therefore depressing because they’ll never actually happen, and other times they’re utterly inept and clueless about what’s actually feasible, and therefore just annoying. Either way, I find I’m better off ignoring them.

  • Raj Bhatt

    Upside down signal bars?

    • msnight04

      Better than 5 white dots!

      • Raj Bhatt

        Hahaha very true!

      • cas_e

        Not really.

  • Matthew

    <3 i love it!

  • possomcrast1

    Dat signal bar. I love the lockscreen, too.

  • Josh Shaw

    OMG OMG, please have Parallax wallpapers!

    • starnovsky

      That’s a gimmick.

      • Josh Shaw

        That’s a joke.

    • Matt

      Get the app? Same thing but with customization!
      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=opotech.image3Dlwp

      • ERIFNOMI

        I’ve used the space one by that dev (I think it’s the same dev). I thought it was awesome, showed it off to people with iPhones and Androids, they thought it was awesome, then the novelty wore off in a month or less. How many years do you think iPhone users will go on about how awesome their wallpapers are?

        • Matt

          Novelty wears off yeah but I find it better than the standard static wallpaper with the scroll parallax which we’ve (and other os’s?) have always had. It double’s it up the scroll parallax with the gyro parallax and makes my static wallpaper from getting stale :)

          Probably a long time. I’ll just lie and say I got tired of it last year to shut them up, while they look in confusion as they’ll believe it’s the latest thing lol.

          • Michael Anderson

            With the new iOS 7 there are no static wallpapers. As you tilt the phone the wallpaper moves to giving a 3D effect view.

          • De Naja’ Handy

            That’s a nice looking wallpaper. What phone is this one for?

          • ERIFNOMI

            Not sure if you’re being sarcastic or not, but that’s iOS 5. Looks a lot like Android with a light skin, doesn’t it?

          • Michael Anderson

            If that didn’t convince you maybe this screenshot will. . .

          • waf4545

            Look up OPOTECH from the play store. Nothing new!!!

          • Michael Anderson

            I really wouldn’t know because I’m a real Apple fan. My wife and I have T-Mobile iPhone 5′s, my youngest daughter (12) has an iPod Touch 5, and our oldest has a T-Mobile iPhone 4S

          • flava

            android has had apps to do this for years

        • Josh Shaw

          Well… They still go on about how awesome iOS is as a whole… so I think years.

        • chan-chan™ relevant

          Everything have a price. .

    • mldi

      Then download one?

  • Michael

    I don’t like the notification bar, but love the rest.

  • Adam Neighbors

    I like that you can “Say Google” to get into voice search from the home screen.

    • Pengwn

      I like that as well! I’m only wondering what kind of hit the battery will take from having a mic being always on when you’re browsing the home screens.

  • Michael G

    Apple will sue.

    • Azzoth

      Why? Looks very android 4.0+ to me.

      • Michael G

        It was a joke.

  • Thomas

    Happy Father’s Day to me. Very nice.

  • breadable

    This is a fun post. Android news has been kinda dull lately. I’m excited though to see more KLP rumors

    • XCMeathead

      There were no KLP rumours in this post. They’re just fan art

      • Frawlz

        yup… must be a slow news day.

  • Shane Redman

    Bra-flippin-vo *over enthusiastic applause*

    • Pedro

      Put yer bra back on!

      • Shane Redman

        but……..my man-boobs need to air out.

  • kashtrey

    Not bad, but that title is so misleading. I thought these we’re Google design concepts. It really should say something about “Fan UI Concepts” or something.

    • Josh Shaw

      The only time a “Concept” is from the company making the product is usually with hardware, such as cars. Never seen a Windows * concept from MSFT….

      • She_Beast

        Well, betas and RCs, kind of… but no, not “concepts” as such.

      • kashtrey

        There’s been tons of leaks of concept of new Microsoft logos, mock ups of what new UI elements would be, the infamous Courier video was both a UI/Software and Hardware concept. We’re talking about design and if you think that Google doesn’t have high level design concepts floating around than you’re kidding yourself.

      • Mariano Corzo

        You should search for “Longhorn”. There were plenty of concepts of Windows redesign.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      You chose to read it that way. These are KLP concepts. Nothing mentions they are Google’s or Google designer concepts.

      • Stocklone

        Yep. I read it the way it was intended. Nothing made me think Google was going to be behind the concepts.

      • kashtrey

        I’m not really going to argue interpretation here but when your title is ambiguous and you could have clarified it with a single word, blaming your reader for misinterpretation is disingenuous. You don’t even mention that it’s “fan-art” in your intro/snippet that appears on the main page. I don’t think your intention was to mislead but I don’t think you can deny it’s ambiguous. Generally speaking, a good article or essay has a title and introduction that both succinctly and clearly outline what is to be expected which I don’t believe is the case here.

        • Django

          Still running on the five paragraph format, eh? Ask any serious journalist about that. Or just read the NY Times or the Washington Post. Journalists rarely begin with a traditional “this is what you’re going to read” intro.

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

          No worries. Sorry for any confusion on my part!

      • http://www.facebook.com/lee.goldschmidt Lee Goldschmidt

        I ended up reading it as Google’s design concepts for KLP as well. Kashtrey is right: it’s an ambiguous title, and it’s juvenile to blame the reader for such an easy misinterpretation.

      • Manthas

        Sorry, Tim, but you’re not going to win this one; the chosen title of this article is misleading, and I’m guessing intentionally so – the link to it from the weekly roundup is more accurate:
        Artist concepts of Android 5.0 “Key Lime Pie” are popping up.

        • michael arazan

          Thought it was leaked Google concepts as well

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

          Not trying to win anything, just explaining where I was coming from at the time of the post. Sorry for any confusion!

  • daJudge805

    Thursday, June 14? Hmmmm.

    • nxtfari

      Ha! Nice catch!

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    moving the search bar to the dock can get interesting. WIdgets looking how the google search bar looks now? A+

  • breadable

    I have not been a fan of the analog clock widget, but this concept one looks pretty cool

    • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

      Agree, it’s actually readable when done this way.

      • Ian Smith

        how is that readable? both hands are the same length.

        • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

          Well assuming they make the hands different sizes of course. But in it’s current state you just look for the one closest to the last hour notch (it falls apart when they’re really close together of course).

          • Calen Burne

            It is also just smashing looking.

        • nate

          Its just a concept

      • Josh Shaw

        Dude I over think it too much when I go to read an analog clock #Spoiled digital age baby.

  • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

    I agree with Leif that I’m not sold on all the transparency (I do like it on the status and navigation bars though), but definitely love the lock screen being expanded (I have that featured already enabled in Paranoid Android) by default and Google Now being better integrated. Also, it would be great to have voice search enabled everywhere just by saying Google (I could see that being a real feature in KLP).

  • squrel23

    Mother of god…

  • Leif Sikorski

    I don’t like such kind of transparency. It can be very hard to read in some light conditions.

  • http://twitter.com/Patfactorx David Pat

    At this point I’m happy with the phone UI but I wish the tablet UI took ideas from Blackberry OS and allowed more uses for gestures.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      this. I used to have an ipad retina and i never touched the home button. Pinching out with 5 fingers brought me home and swiping with 4 fingers up to “multitaking”.

    • freedomspopular

      If you’re ok with rooting, check out GMD Gesture Control.

    • Ben Kapferer

      Also, I wish Google didn’t switch back to an “upscaled phone”-style interface for Android tablets.

      I never really got to try the Android 3.0-4.0 tablet interface, though I hear it was well done for its form factor.

  • Menger40

    Looks pretty flat!

    • n900mixalot

      Soooo flat.

    • uzo ufondu

      It’s super flat…art is a bang