Could this be what Android 4.5 will look like?

Could this be what Android 4.5 will look like?

Android 4.4 KitKat brought with it some small UI changes, some of which made sense and others, which brought a bit of disparity and inconsistencies between parts of the OS. A designer over at Pixel-Shift has hoped to bridge these changes with an updated mock-up of what he believes Android 4.5 should look like when using a Nexus 5 as a design template and how Google should bridge it all together. 

Nexus 5 launcher
Android 4.4 got a lot of things right. Pixel Shift hopes to get the rest right with his mock-ups of what Android 4.5 could be. / © NextPit

First, he starts with a redesign of the Settings, which has changed the color theme and rounded out some of the buttons. Personally, this design looks a lot like iOS before the recent update to iOS 7, but that might not be a bad thing. It has a much softer look than the blue on black motif that the Android settings has right now and keeps the same layout as the original. Continuing with the softening and rounding theme, he also has elected to change the volume adjustment to be more of an oval than rectangle as well as making it transparent so you can see what’s beneath.

A softening of the Settings and Volume bar. / © Pixel Shift

As well, he has incorporated some features that have been up until now available only for tablets: allowing for adjustments of volumes anywhere in the system. As well, these follow along with the rounding and transparency theme as seen above. The calculator app, which has been quietly ignored over the past few iterations of Android, has seen some design love as well.

Much like tablets, sounds will be able to be changed anywhere and the calculator app gets a design update. / © Pixel Shift

Finally, he’s spent some time on the camera app, which, with the update to Android 4.4, brought a bunch of issues and criticism with it. The biggest change would be removing the “arc” controls for the advanced settings, rather incorporating an easy to use transparent band at the bottom. Other changes he’s noted include removing zoom-cropping by keeping true aspect ratios and incorporating more of the display when taking videos.

Keeping the proper aspect ratio and changing the advanced settings bar are among the changes to the camera app.  / © Pixel Shift

The designer has proposed some more ideas in the future for other parts of the OS and bringing it more into line with itself. While it does seem to draw a comparison to that of iOS, it does provide a more consistent and clean interface from what we see so far. What do you think of these proposed UI changes for Android 4.5? 

Source: Pixel-Shift


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  • Northernbaygirl Mar 26, 2014 Link to comment

    At the moment I have a Galaxy S3 mini & an Asus MeMo Pad 7 both running 4.1.2 with Nova Launcher (prime) over the top. I really like it, it looks good, runs very smoothly & I know where to find everything in seconds flat.

  • Chris Wortman Jan 22, 2014 Link to comment

    I love the new camera there. I hope it will look like that. I hate the arch menu. It pops up at the most inopportune times when I am simply trying to focus. One thing I really hope they bring back from Android 2.3 is the ability to save MMS from the hangouts... Why they removed this is beyond me. I went from the Galaxy S1 to the Nexus 5. I don't replace phones unless I have to.

    I hope they fully remove a few things, like the ancient Gallery application... I want a much more unified interface like this.

    I hope they don't get lazy about things like Microsoft did with Windows. They need to have a feature rich experience. They should focus on the UI like this, they should add much pined after features that other applications add to the experience rather than under delivering.

    I love the direction that 4.4 went, but with all of the changes, it doesn't feel that much different than 2.3. I thought there would be more changes to make it more usable, features that make it more fun.

    I am sick of the bland experience.

  • Ron Hiscock Jan 8, 2014 Link to comment

    The biggest problem I have is taken videos and forwarding them. I feel like I am missing something. Any suggestions I have the smartphone max HD

  • bisot p. Jan 6, 2014 Link to comment

    just install custom launcher or theme to beautify user interface, why have to wait to 4.5 when custom ROM can give what I want. Slimbean 4.3 works for me.

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    Deactivated Account Jan 5, 2014 Link to comment

    I rather like the updates, I don't want a lot of changes to the design and layout because it is familiar and easy to transition. For example, the new phone app sucks because every time I use it I try to use the old layout and struggle to find anything.
    Everything else I use custom themes, wallpapers, launchers so I just remove all the updated crap anyways.
    The things I like are added functions, like smoother operation, less memory required, more stable, fewer crashes, faster, NFC and wallet support, never mind the list of improvements is so long can't possibly cover it, but in short, the OS is better, who cares about user editable layouts and launchers? Don't like your font, change it dumb ass.

  • plck74 Jan 4, 2014 Link to comment

    i was hoping make it a simple OS. So that wont take so much of RAM and space.

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      Deactivated Account Jan 5, 2014 Link to comment

      Try slimbean rom.

  • clouds Jan 4, 2014 Link to comment

    I'm very disappointed in recent updates since iCS.They all look alike except being smoother and all

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      Deactivated Account Jan 5, 2014 Link to comment

      Try Paranoid Android custom ROM.

  • Dvoraak Jan 3, 2014 Link to comment

    In my mind the dialer has always been Google's weak spot. Even most (MOST) theme chooser themes do little more than color the blandest dialer on the market. 4.4 added some very cool features to the dialer but it still looks like a grade school mock up of a phone's dialer and I've yet to see any 4.4 ROM or OEM that gets the full functionality of a 4.4 Nexus dialer.

  • Bojan M. Jan 3, 2014 Link to comment

    All the same, all the same... At this point, one would hope google would do something new and exciting in terms of visual experience on android and it's the easiest area to change in an os... This is getting old and boring, visually you almost can't say the difference among new releases of android... Even ios is more active in this field, which serves as a shame; thanks god we have all those custom roms and launchers and themes...

    Ah, just a rant...

    • Sterling Keys Jan 3, 2014 Link to comment

      There are definitely things that I miss, design wise, after switching from iOS. Sure, it wasn't a perfect system but it definitely had some style points in certain areas.

      I like Android/Nexus devices for their flexibility, but they could really get a lesson on OS design. However, like you said, at least there are custom launchers and themes.

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