The day and date are displayed at the top-left of the Android lockscreen on Pixel phones today, with the weather (including the condition and temperature) appearing below. Android’s status bar is located above this At a Glance widget and indicates the carrier on the left and the battery level and connection statuses on the right. There is a shortcut to open Google Pay and smart home controls at the bottom of the lockscreen (soon Google Wallet ).

When there are no notifications, the clock is literally the main draw, and it employs Dynamic Color to adjust to your chosen wallpaper.

Designer Philip Chang ( Twitter Instagram ) used iOS 16 as inspiration to create a futuristic vision for the Android lockscreen. In particular, depth is used so that the clock may adjust to the background image as it is. The number 10 is visible in the illustration above behind the rock formations, while the number 12 is plainly layered above the seagulls. Also take note of the distinct colors used for the hours and minutes.

Other instances depict the time as if it were visible behind a mountain top, in front of a waterfall, or on the opposite side of a bridge. My favorite illustration is when the minutes are partially buried beneath the waves such that visibility is unaffected while the hour appears behind clouds.

Meanwhile, a website RKBDI buddy conjured up many font designs for the Android lockscreen:

This depth effect is unquestionably popularized by iOS 16 , although it really predates watchOS 8 with the advent of the Portraits watch face :

The Portraits watch face leverages images taken in Portrait mode on your iPhone to produce a multilayered, depth-adding watch face. You can select up to 24 pictures and one of three different typefaces.

While an image with depth data is required for the Apple Watch, iOS 16 uses machine learning to provide a more scalable solution that also supports backdrops without humans. The same strategy may be used for an imaginary Android lockscreen. As demonstrated by Cinematic photographs in Google Photos, where ML predicts an image’s depth and creates a 3D representation of the scene, Google undoubtedly possesses that depth expertise.

Google should also think about developing new live wallpapers with a depth effect for the clock. The business can make sure that readability of the time is never compromised while yet allowing for motion by curating the experience.

Here is more about Philips’ concept until then:
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