Concept: An iOS 16-inspired Android lock screen for Pixel with Material You and depth

June 24
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– June 24, 2022 at 3:00 pm (Pacific Time)

Android 12’s dual-line clock is one of the most notable expressions of Google’s Material You. Following the heavy emphasis of iOS 16, a concept design imagines how the Android and Pixel lock screen could evolve with the addition of depth.

The Android lock screen on Pixel phones today starts with the day/date in the top left corner, while the weather (conditions and temperature) is below it. Above this at-a-glance widget is the Android status bar, where the carrier is indicated on the left, and the right shows the battery percentage and connection states. At the bottom of the lock screen, you get a shortcut to open smart home controls and Google Pay (soon Google Wallet).
Besides the background, the clock (when there are no notifications) is literally the biggest draw and uses Dynamic Color to match your set wallpaper.
Designer Felipe Chang (Twitter + Instagram) was inspired by iOS 16 to imagine what the Android lock screen would look like in the future. That is, depth is applied so that the clock also adapts to what is in the actual background image. In the example above, “10” is shown behind the rock formations and the seagulls are clearly superimposed on the “12”. Also note how the hours and minutes are using different colors.
Other examples show time appearing on the other side of a bridge, behind a mountain peak, and against a waterfall. My favorite example is the hour appearing behind the clouds, while the minutes are partially submerged below the waves so visibility is not affected.
Meanwhile friend of the site RKBDI I also envisioned different font styles on the Android lock screen:
This depth effect will no doubt catch on with iOS 16, but it goes all the way back to watchOS 8 with the introduction of the portrait watch face:
The portrait face uses portrait mode photos from your iPhone to create a multi-layered face with depth. You can choose from three different font styles and select up to 24 photos.
On the Apple Watch, a photo with depth data is required, but iOS 16 just leverages machine learning for a more scalable solution that also allows for non-people backgrounds. A hypothetical Android lock screen could take the same approach. Google certainly has that deep understanding as seen in the cinematic photos in Google Photos where ML predicts the depth of an image and produces a 3D rendering of the scene.
Another thing Google should consider, however, is creating new live wallpapers that feature a depth effect for the clock. By selecting the experience, the company can ensure that the readability of the time is never affected while still allowing movement.
Until then, here’s more of Philip’s concept:
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