Sharp’s new line of Android phones will have a new “redesigned” UI of Android they are calling “Feel_UX” made by Frog. Sharp are an extremely popular make of phones over in Japan, so we take a look of what they’re cooking up.
The video shows most of the features, however to me it feels half-baked as you catch a glimpse of AOSP messaging, which doesn’t really match.
The Home Screen.
The home screen feels a little odd, as the tiles are large and feel like a combination between iOS and Windows Phone with an nearly ICS tab-bar. However, the idea of making it slide like how it does is fairly new and an area which hasn’t been toyed with quite a bit as of yet. However, we are begining to see a bit of boringness in launchers at the moment, and this joins the same conventions of most others.
The lock-screen is pretty interesting and completely goes away from the typical Android look of a lock screen, but I think it’s trying to do too much or try to keep users on the lock-screen. The immediate access to apps such as messaging and camera should be able to be locked down (students will understand about filling up devices with photos while people aren’t looking) and there’s no real innovative locking mechanism. The widgets appear to be built in too, so there’s no plug for developers as of yet which is a shame.
One thing I didn’t understand is being able to swipe through photos, which is interesting but I’d like to see a little customization over what photos we can use (which may/should already be there).
On the devices!
Sharp is putting this on entry-level devices, which is great news as it means it should be a lightweight manufacturer skin (which is amazing) but it’s also going on the higher-end devices as well, but for now it appears to be Japanese only which is a shame as the devices actually look really good like so:
Source: The Verge