Changes to Xperia home and lock screen shown ahead of expected Barcelona debut

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We've already seen a fair bit of Sony's next high-end Android phone, the D6503 "Sirius," courtesy of a prototype unit making it out into the wild. And now there's some early video of the device showing some software changes in Sony's Android 4.4-based firmware. The video published on YouTube by one Rimas Flyil shows a slightly revamped Xperia UI with new notification bar icons, a new transparency style in the launcher, new live wallpapers and tweaked lock screen controls for the Walkman music app. The leaker notes that this isn't yet the final software for the device, saying it's still in testing.

We don't see much of the device's physical frame, but the horizontal borders do seem somewhat reduced, as we've seen from earlier leaks. And from those images it would appear that the "Sirius" will closely match the design language of the Xperia Z1.

We've got Mobile World Congress coming up in under two weeks, and given Sony's track record we wouldn't be surprised to see the "Sirius" make its public debut, perhaps under the "Xperia Z2" moniker.

Source: YouTube; via: XperiaBlog


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Sony D6503 'Sirius' UI previewed ahead of MWC


Sony still knows how to build a fantastic ui on top of android that is still different from stock yet isn't radically different.

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Seriously! Can you sort out the problem with the pictures being elongated in your app?

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Looks really good! But knowing me I'd get bored of it really fast and want my vanilla Android. I love my Moto X too much.

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looks identical to the 4.3 on my xperia z???
edit - just realised the transparency effect on bars at top and bottom! that looks so awesome!!

That phone looks pretty sweet on my computer...looks like ass on the app though.

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Whys that? It's probably the closest to stock android except for Motorola. Very minimal with a few design changes which I think look pretty nice.

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