Android 12 Two Line Clock is one of Google’s most popular expressions of “your stuff”. Next Cool Accent for iOS 16 The conceptual design imagines how the Android and Pixel lock screen could evolve while adding depth.
The Android lock screen on Pixel phones starts today with the day/date in the upper left corner, while the weather (status and temperature) is at the bottom. Above that in short the widget is an android status bar where the carrier is indicated on the left and right and it shows the battery percentage and connection states. At the bottom of the lock screen, you can get a shortcut to open smart home controls and Google Pay (coming soon Google Wallet).
Besides the wallpaper, the clock (in the absence of notifications) is literally the biggest attraction and uses the dynamic color to match your wallpaper.
Creator Philip ChangTwitter + Instagram) was inspired by iOS 16 to imagine what your Android lock screen might look like in the future. Namely, the depth is applied so that the watch also adapts to what is in the actual background image. In the example shown above, “10” is displayed behind the rock formations and seagulls are clearly superimposed on top of the “12”. Also note how the hours and minutes use different colors.
Other examples show time as it appears across a bridge behind a mountaintop and against a waterfall. My favorite example is the clock that appears behind the clouds, while the minutes are partially submerged under the waves so visibility is not affected.
A friend commenting on the site RKBDI I also imagined different font styles on the Android lock screen:
This depth effect will certainly be popularized by iOS 16, but it’s going back to watchOS 8 with the introduction of watch face images:
The Portraits watch face uses the iPhone’s portrait-positioned images to create a multi-layered depth watch face. You can choose from three different character styles and choose up to 24 images.
On the Apple Watch, an image with in-depth data is required, but iOS 16 simply takes advantage of machine learning for a more scalable solution that also allows for non-human wallpapers. The default Android lock screen can take the same approach. Google definitely has this in-depth knowledge as shown by Cine Images in Google Images where ML predicts the depth of the image and produces a 3D representation of the scene.
However, another thing that Google needs to consider is creating new live wallpapers that feature a deep clock effect. By coordinating the experience, the company can ensure that the readability of the time is not affected while still allowing movement.
In the meantime, here’s more from Philip’s concept:
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