Image of Nexus Prime + Android 4.0 UI screenshots leak

Just as we were all starting to get excited about the Google/Samsung event next week, which would have given us our first official look at not only the stunning new Samsung Nexus Prime, but also the launch of Android 4.0, the two companies announced that the event is off.

So far, neither Google nor Samsung have yet given any hint of when the launch might be rescheduled, but if you just can’t wait to get your first glimpse of the new hardware, or your first taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, don’t worry – there’s plenty of goodies leaking out to keep you satisfied in the meantime.

You may already have seen the video that leaked yesterday showing the Nexus Prime hardware in action, and now a new image from Greek website Digital Life shows the device, including its distinctively curvy profile. As Pocket-lint points out, Digital Life has a good track record, having accurately predicted back in September all the details of the iPhone 4S, weeks ahead of its launch, so their Nexus Prime image is likely to be reliable.

We already covered the probable specs of the Nexus Prime here on Neowin, and it's shaping up to be a pretty awesome piece of kit. But if you’re less impressed by the hardware, and more excited to get a feel for Ice Cream Sandwich, TechCrunch got hold of a handful of screenshots showing Android’s new look in glorious up-close detail.

With Android 4.0, Google is seeking to unify its smartphone and tablet UIs into a common build that works across a range of display sizes. As smartphones get larger, and tablets get smaller, the lines between the two are becoming increasingly blurred, so the move to introduce a single user experience going forward certainly makes sense. It’s easy to see elements from both Gingerbread (2.3), which is optimised for handsets, and Honeycomb (3.x), which is used exclusively on Android tablets, in the screenshots above.

Whether Google has succeeded in creating a genuinely desirable user interface in Ice Cream Sandwich is of course subjective, and will come down to the tastes of the individual user, and it will be some time before we get our hands on the first Android 4.0 devices so that we can judge whether or not the interface is as good to use as, or perhaps even better than, its smartphone and tablet rivals.

For now, though, there’s enough here to whet our appetites until Google and Samsung reschedule their big announcement – and if you haven’t already, make sure you check out our article showing the video of Ice Cream Sandwich in action on the Nexus Prime.

Ice Cream Sandwich screenshots via TechCrunch

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laughingbubba said,
This mock up I would buy, the nexus announced today I wouldn't (tech specs are good tho) why? It's yet another characterless slab ...

I kinda like the shape, but I can see it being awkward in my pocket, and yes I am one of those who sometimes type with my phone flat on the desk.

Not a fan of the bottom three icons in the first image. Ugh! Ugly!

jas GFX said,
Omg... that looks AMAZING. Once it's released I know a certain person upgrading from his EVO 4G !

thats IF sprint gets it.

Soldiers33 said,
cant wait to get 4.0 on my Arc . But the phone? reminds me of a banana.
Hey, it actually looks like Arc, but with screen being on the opposite side.

I don't know much about the Android phones so help me out. Can the older phones upgrade to newer releases of the Android OS or are you stuck?

They can always be upgraded and in general are but they don't get upgraded forever. The only exception so far are the Nexus phones, namely the Nexus one. It received the update to Gingerbread but ICS might not be in it's future. Guess we'll see about that one.

fehu said,
I'm very positive about android, but that robocop font is ugly

lol, Robocop font. I hope it lists the prime directives on the home screen.

I totally like it and want it, but i must think what happens when one steps on it or sits on it - a flat phone on flat surface would handle it with minimal damage if any, but this is curved enough to get really severe damage even under average pressure. Thoughts?

warwagon said,
That looks soooooooooooooo much better than the wp7 ui

I have to disagree with that one. I find WP7 UI miles ahead of this. But we are entitled to our opinions.

wp7 is like when you are on diet, you know that it's better food and if you give a try it's good tasty food too, but personally i still have a thing for fat food with alpha overlapping ui and lots of eyecandy...

What I am wondering is if ICS has virtual buttons, does this mean upgrading to ICS on a device with buttons will make them redundant? hopefully the buttons will vanish in presance. of hardware buttons.

RobertH said,
What I am wondering is if ICS has virtual buttons, does this mean upgrading to ICS on a device with buttons will make them redundant? hopefully the buttons will vanish in presance. of hardware buttons.

That's a non-issue because none of the current 2.x Android devices will get official updated to 4.0.

It's not only about the hardware buttons, Android 4.0 devices will need additional hardware features to be fully compliant. None of the current Android smartphones have those.

during the honeycomb presentation steve allen said that all major producers would release updates for at least a year after the first product shipment

btw someone knows if ics will make it easier to port those damnt sense ecc so that the rom will be more frequent?

vacs said,

That's a non-issue because none of the current 2.x Android devices will get official updated to 4.0.

It's not only about the hardware buttons, Android 4.0 devices will need additional hardware features to be fully compliant. None of the current Android smartphones have those.

Screw that my phones barely a year old, I'm having that update. And its on the nexus s without the on screen buttons http://hemorrdroids.net/2-minu...f-ice-cream-sandwich-leaks/

vacs said,

That's a non-issue because none of the current 2.x Android devices will get official updated to 4.0.

It's not only about the hardware buttons, Android 4.0 devices will need additional hardware features to be fully compliant. None of the current Android smartphones have those.

Could you post a link to where that officially came from? I want to read it from Google before I become highly upset that my EVO 3D is stuck (officially) on gengerbread.

vacs said,

That's a non-issue because none of the current 2.x Android devices will get official updated to 4.0.

It's not only about the hardware buttons, Android 4.0 devices will need additional hardware features to be fully compliant. None of the current Android smartphones have those.

Galaxy S2. It's already been good as confirmed it will be getting ICS.

Critical Error said,
Im still trying to image how could blue on black work in a direct sunlight.

My wallpaper is blue/purple and black and is fine in direct sunlight. Don't underestimate the clarity of the super amoled+ display. The one of the nexus prime might even have improvements over the one on the SGS2, which is what I have.

really dislike curved displays so guess will have to wait till next SGS device comes along and hope ICS comes to SGS2 in meantime.

Swift-R said,
Is this Samsung's design or will there be a TouchWiz?

Samsung makes the hardware google pretty much controls the rest on the nexus devices which are vanilla android and do not feature touchwiz.

The phone looks really cool. Too bad Google has to screw everything up by still not investing in proper interface design... As a whole I think it's the wrong idea to bring the desktop UI analogy to mobile devices with smaller screens.

Edited by .Neo, Oct 8 2011, 11:24am :

I do wonder though if this design is comfortable when carrying it around in your pocket since it actually makes the device thicker.

.Neo said,
I do wonder though if this design is comfortable when carrying it around in your pocket since it actually makes the device thicker.

Well i believe that you won't have any problem carrying the phone in your pocket because your body is not super flat...

Dark-Side said,

Well i believe that you won't have any problem carrying the phone in your pocket because your body is not super flat...


Not sure about you, but my upper thigh doesn't really curve that way. Unless I would put the phone horizontally in my pocket, doubtful that would fit in my jeans though.

.Neo said,

Not sure about you, but my upper thigh doesn't really curve that way. Unless I would put the phone horizontally in my pocket, doubtful that would fit in my jeans though.

This phone is made to be carried in a bra.

First impressions seems very nice indeed. However some bits seem unnecessarily cluttered, for example the folder UI. I don't think overlapping UI works so well on small devices.

Also not a fan of the new icons, they look like 'Candy' icons that were popular on Linux distributions a few years ago.

floopydoodle said,
Still using UI design from 2005 I see. =)

So you want a grid of icons or a blackboard with white text?

mr.r9 said,

So you want a grid of icons or a blackboard with white text?

Instead of mindlessly repeating something you read once and thought sounded cool, you might want to stop a minute and think about the fact there's more to the interface than the home screen alone.

This is a fake render (The ICS screenshots are real though). Firstly, the power button has been moved to the other side, secondly the theme is different from the first image to the rest because it's a custom theme (I've got an identical one on my GS2) and lastly the four bottom icons in the render are from 2.2/2.3 rather than the new ICS ones shows below these.

Hollow.Droid said,
This is a fake render (The ICS screenshots are real though). Firstly, the power button has been moved to the other side, secondly the theme is different from the first image to the rest because it's a custom theme (I've got an identical one on my GS2) and lastly the four bottom icons in the render are from 2.2/2.3 rather than the new ICS ones shows below these.

So you have seen the phone/Ice Cream Sandwich yourself and know more?

Amazing....

The video focuses more on the software side of things, but because the video quality isn't especially high, it doesn't give a particularly clear impression of either the phone hardware or the detail visible in the design of the UI.

The image of the hardware at the top of the article is intended to give a clearer view of what the device will look like, while the screenshots are there so that visitors can view and appreciate some of the UI elements, changes and features in greater detail.

The video is very useful for gauging the size of the device in one's hand, for getting a general idea of how it works in one-handed interaction, and for viewing the dynamic elements of the UI, such as screen transitions and button behaviours, which is why it's linked to in the article above. This article will hopefully be of interest to those who want to see these elements up close and with less blur.

There may well be certain details - both in the screenshots and in the hardware image - that do not match the final specification that goes on sale, of course, but that's par for the course when viewing unofficial pre-release information.

I hope that clears things up. =o)

nanoware said,
oh it looks like android...

Wtf, thats a fair upgrade to the UI. What did you want? For them them to drop their whole image and start again? It looks beautiful imo.

go on.

M4x1mus said,

Wtf, thats a fair upgrade to the UI. What did you want? For them them to drop their whole image and start again? It looks beautiful imo.

M4x1mus said,
What did you want? For them them to drop their whole image and start again?

Yes, that would be a good start. Google hardly invests in interface design whether we're talking about desktop applications, mobile ones or their own Android operating system and it clearly shows.

What's the benefit of a curved screen? Don't really get it. Surely it would make it harder to make the phone thinner having to arrange components on a curve?

DomZ said,
What's the benefit of a curved screen? Don't really get it. Surely it would make it harder to make the phone thinner having to arrange components on a curve?

I quite like the curve, it's funky and different to the usual "slab" design. Also, with the curve, if you put the phone face down on a desk or a table the screen's not in contact with the flat surface. Also, as it has a raised profile it'd be easier to pick up from that position.

laughingbubba said,
Also, with the curve, if you put the phone face down on a desk or a table the screen's not in contact with the flat surface. Also, as it has a raised profile it'd be easier to pick up from that position.

That's really cool and all but with the phone in a face up position you can't do your finger magic in the screen because it will rock like a cradle. Let's hope the pads placed at the bottom fix it good.

laughingbubba said,

I quite like the curve, it's funky and different to the usual "slab" design. Also, with the curve, if you put the phone face down on a desk or a table the screen's not in contact with the flat surface. Also, as it has a raised profile it'd be easier to pick up from that position.

Hadn't thought about that. I was concerned with it feeling awkward in your pocket, especially if you wear tight jeans. And as someone else mentioned if it forces you to pick your phone up off the desk to use it I thinK I'd rather have a flat phone

DomZ said,
What's the benefit of a curved screen? Don't really get it. Surely it would make it harder to make the phone thinner having to arrange components on a curve?

Apple can't sue?

DomZ said,

Hadn't thought about that. I was concerned with it feeling awkward in your pocket, especially if you wear tight jeans.

Google: Discouraging hipsters. Rawr.

DomZ said,
What's the benefit of a curved screen? Don't really get it. Surely it would make it harder to make the phone thinner having to arrange components on a curve?

It contours to the average person's face as well when using it as a phone.

tiagosilva29 said,

That's really cool and all but with the phone in a face up position you can't do your finger magic in the screen because it will rock like a cradle. Let's hope the pads placed at the bottom fix it good.

Wrong, there are bumps added to the back so the phone will lay flat and won't rock.

DomZ said,
What's the benefit of a curved screen? Don't really get it. Surely it would make it harder to make the phone thinner having to arrange components on a curve?

i guess the benefit of a curved display is giving the illusion that phone isnt as massive as it is (4.65inches)