Many of the Android smartphones on the market today have a custom user interface over the top to allow the maker to tweak how the operating system looks and feels to suit its needs. The upside to these user interfaces is that they do often make Android easier to navigate for some users and arguably make the operating system better looking. The downside is that these user interfaces are also the reason updates for Android are delayed.
Sharp has teamed up with a design agency called frog to design its own custom user interface for its Aquos Android smart phone line called Feel UX. The user interface will offer personalized lock screens and will allow users to browse through photos and widgets without unlocking the smartphone. Feel UX will also bring a real-time weather display and gender neutral color and visuals.
Sharp also promises that the Feel UX user interface will offer a streamlined and curated home screen, allowing users to easily manage their apps, widgets, and shortcuts. The user interface will debut in Japan on Sharp smartphones later this summer. There is no indication of when we might see smartphones running the new user interface in the US or Europe.[via The Next Web]