Android 5.0 concept goes for minimal design and hidden widgets

The upcoming Android update, Jellybean version 4.3, isn’t expected to bring any major changes to Google’s mobile OS so naturally, folks are looking towards the 5.0 version, Key Lime Pie, to bring a breath of fresh air in the Android world.

While there’s no date in sight for the release of Key Lime Pie, nor do we have any clear indication of what the update will bring feature-wise, that hasn’t stopped talented people from creating awesome design concepts of what Android 5.0 might look like.

The images seen here come via Jinesh Shah on Google+, a graphic artist that has a minimalist and beautiful vision for the future of his favourite OS. They show a very clean design approach, minimalism becoming something of a trend in mobile operating systems recently.

According to this concept the Home Screen would be updated with highly functional “hidden” widgets. These would only show up when the user does a customizable gesture, without taking any space on the home-screen while they’re not in use.

The Lock Screen also gets a highly functional makeover with important info being displayed via an improved Google Now widget.

Unfortunately this is only a concept and even though it looks beautiful and brings some really good ideas to the table, there’s little chance that Google will actually pay attention. Folks will just have to wait and see until Google decides to show what it has up its sleeve for Android 5.0.

Via: Droid-Life | Images via Jinesh Shah

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I love it when you fandroids bash on Apple because they copied some features. Didn't everybody pretty much copy Apple? Yep, that's what I thought because the iPhone was the first major smartphone and then Android came along with a crappy, unstable, buggy operating system that went out to the masses on all carriers and tons of manufacturers. Now whenever Apple introduces something that Android already has people say it's copying. So what? All the smartphone do everything so similar. You have a phone and you have apps. There is not a whole lot of difference except just the experience to get to those apps, etc. and I hate to break it to you guys but Apple does it better than anybody else.

The first major smart phone...... um pretty sure Nokia has that crown. The first major touch screen smart phone then yes.

Boyd Petersen said,
Now whenever Apple introduces something that Android already has people say it's copying. So what?

It's only fair that Apple gets mocked when they copy something, not because everyone else isn't copying but because all the legal action they have thrown around to prevent others from doing exactly the same.

Isn't it more appropriate to call this a launcher concept?

Why is it so hard for people to look past the launcher and lock screen? There's so much more to the OS that can be built on, improved, and/or augmented.

It's bad. It's 'bottom heavy' with the search bar being on top of the tray which is on top of the on-screen system buttons. IMO, I'd like to see the search bar go away and be tucked into the notification drawer as a whole new Google Now experience. Also to free up space, ditch the Back and Recent buttons for gestures (Home being the only hardware key allowed).

Yeah, I agree. I never liked that about Android. Blackberry, Windows, and iPhone managed to do this but Android still has those 3 navigation buttons at the bottom. I just don't care for it.

that hasn't stopped talented people from creating awesome design concepts of what Android 5.0 won't look like.

Fixed.

Windows Phone is awesome! I am glad to see Apple and Google jump onboard the metro ship! Full speed ahead! I love how everyone agrees how 'Metro' is the best!

Crappy concept design is crappy.

Why some designer are too focused in minimalist design?. In this case, this minimalist design is not intuitive.

Brony said,
Crappy concept design is crappy.

Why some designer are too focused in minimalist design?. In this case, this minimalist design is not intuitive.

its what's in right now.

Mr. Dee said,
WWDC 2013 just ended and now everybody is ready iOS 7ize everything. Please, show some individuality.

You do realise that there have been leaks before WWDC and it was already looking the way it is in the above screenshots even before iOS 7 was announced.

iOS7? You mean iMetro7? Let's see.. you now have Windows UI design... Androids notification system... and an apple's price tag. Bravo! That shall keep the flock happy and queuing round the block for a few months.

CaRDiaK said,
iOS7? You mean iMetro7? Let's see.. you now have Windows UI design... Androids notification system... and an apple's price tag. Bravo! That shall keep the flock happy and queuing round the block for a few months.

Presuming sarcasm.

CaRDiaK said,
iOS7? You mean iMetro7? Let's see.. you now have Windows UI design... Androids notification system... and an apple's price tag. Bravo! That shall keep the flock happy and queuing round the block for a few months.

To be fair, Apple ripped off the Android notification shade in v5 or 6.

I like widgets.. would be a pain to have to make them show all the time... I use plenty that I just look at and shut the phone back off, no need to do a gesture.

So this is another article based on nothing but speculation of some random artist, on what they hope the OS looks like?

It'd be cool if this was the real concept though, but what I would love to see google do is stop vendors from modifying the UI (HTC Sense anybody??? I hates it!!!) or have the option to switch back to the original Google interface without custom firmware.

Shiranui said,
On the internet, everyone is a graphic designer...

I'll wait for the real thing.

I'm not a graphic designer, I can't draw for ****!

How about saying a feature ID (GUIDs anyone?) to use it? I see several advantages:

1) uses voice recognition (cool)
2) minimal design (Bauhaus school of design will be happy). Actually no design at all, just mic always turned on (PRISM-friendly)
3) If you don't like it you're just resistant to change and should attend government-sponsored mandatory classes on "being change-tolerant".