Is This What Android Jelly Bean Will Look Like?

Jelly Bean is still a bit of a mystery, we don't even know what version number it'll be, but it seems Google's just given us a sneak peak at its UI. The Google I/O companion app for Android got an update complete with a strange screen shot.

The UI looks pretty much the same as Ice Cream Sandwich's Holo, but it’s been tweaked ever so slightly. For one the Google search bar is no longer solid, sitting as an opaque bar on the home screen. Now, some manufacturers have kitted out their skinned Android phones with a transparent search bar, but in stock ICS it’s solid dark grey/black by default.

It could be utter baloney, of course, that's undoubtedly a developer phone it's running on — just look at the time — but does it mean Google’s just going to tweak the Holo UI gently for Jelly Bean? Considering ICS is already pretty attractive, I'd say that’s not a bad idea. I guess we'll find out next week. [Google I/O 2012 via Phandroid]

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    Actually the default search box stuck at the top (like the one in your picture) in ICS is completely transparent with a semi transparent white border. Just saying

    Just like another article posted by Giz, you forgot to mention the fact that the time mentioned doesn't exist, and that it hints to an October 25th release date. Or the fact that the browser icon is gone in favor of Chrome suggesting that Chrome will be the default browser used.

      You can already drag different app icons into the quick access bar at the bottom in ICS. I already have the Chrome icon there instead of the default browser.

    From the looks of it, that's the Nova launcher available on the Android Marketplace, using it right now and my UI looks exactly like that, right down to transparent search box, and that little circular icon with the 6 squares inside it (shortcut to app drawer)

      The circle with the six dots for the app drawer launch is the default for the ICS launcher, it's not specific to Nova.

    I really hate week speculation like this. A few tweaks on the main screen,.. really.?

    On a side note: The wallpaper shown above wasn't in the Jelly Bean Wallpaper app that is now floating around. Does anyone know where that came from? I'd like to find it.

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