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Intel is planning to bring its own User Interface, codenamed "Obsidian," for mobile operating system Tizen and possibly Android, eventually. Arstechnica's source from Intel has reportedly come up with several screenshots and some video of Intel's Obsidian project, which includes a handful of unique UI touches.
For those who do not know, Tizen OS is backed by the Linux Foundation. Samsung has already announced its plans to launch Tizen devices later this year, mainly in eastern markets. Although there are few Android devices running on Intel's chips, yet Intel has officially not announced about any hardware running on Tizen as of now. So far Intel has not even spoken publicly about a UI for Tizen as well.
However, the reports say that the Intel device that will have Obsidian installed in it has been codenamed "Josephine". The device was previously scheduled to for next month but now it seems the schedule is being postponed.
As for the UI itself, it is clearly still being developed. Online reports also suggest that Intel will be adopting "flat" schemes that are features in Android and Windows Phone. Notifications can be now determined by icons that turn themselves 45 degrees to appear as diamonds versus an upright square with this new update.
Selecting an app in this device would result in a preview pane being displayed from which users can perform basic tasks without opening the full app. The three persistent buttons on the bottom of the display, phone, messages, contacts, are soft keys unlike Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4 which have type on-screen buttons.
The lock screen has the usual slide-to-unlock, and displays "Life magazine" text. The app screen and contacts screen also appear to be connected in an unusual way, allowing the user to swipe into a single contact screen to the left, then to a contacts list even further to the left, with the "apps" pane two swipes to the right.
To recap, this Intel reference device that will come with Obsidian UI first is codenamed Josephine. As Intel has so far not made any official announcements regarding Tizen releases and has said nothing about developing its own UI, we can't be sure about anything regarding its arrival date or other features. However, The pictures suggest that it will come soon.
Here are the images of the leaked Intel's UI: