Case study – Smart lock screen for Android

Nov 24, 2019
Case study Smart lock screen

What if your lock screens were able to communicate with you in the simplest way possible. Most of the time, we use lock screens to check notification, or perhaps for quick camera access or dial pad.

What if we could create an amazing experience for users by creating custom features for lock screen, what if we can do more than just notifying users? 

Notifications are handled in three ways:
Execution: Acting on a notification is completing a task right from the lock screen. This might be by replying to a text or calling back a missed call, etc. They all involve actions and can be completed or started directly from the lock screen. 

Read-only: As a user, I would just read the content without completing any action. The notification will be marked as read and will be considered complete and disappear. 

Ignoring: a notification that is ignored by users. It is considered unread and needs to be either dismissed or acted upon. The notification will stay in the Notification Center. 

Creating content for lock screen has been case studies, but no one has intended to execute it.
Because creating content for the lock screen is not easy. It has hardware dependency too 
Ex: If we are planning to create video content or a mini-games for a lock screen, the battery drain could be the end result, which might promote users to disable the feature.


Brain teasing games

Example game:

As shown on left image.
It just says “put everything inside the box”

As a user, i will end-up all 9 fruits inside the box.

Well, the game is not yet finished, It still says “put everything inside the box”

The solution is as shown below.
Tricky games are one of the most favorite games, because its filled with curiosity and looks very simple but tricky.

Case study Smart lock screen

Widgets for Android phones

We use to-do list or reminder most often and yet, it looks the same even after a decade.  
With creative designs, we can connect with users, On the left side, we can see the same old notification.

On the right-hand side, I am using the same data in a better way. 
Users can now visualize how his/her day looks like.

I can assign different colors and also customize alert options.
Ex: The user sets an alert time of 1 hour before meeting. 
Or it can also be a data-driven, where alerts are set automatically in case of user have to travel (data from gmap)

Case study Smart lock screen
Case study Smart lock screen

Weather widgets have good amount of data but not smart enough to communicate with users.

The lock screen is meant for decision making. As a user, we might be executing a task by replying to a mail/chat, or ignoring it. The purpose of installing a weather widget by a user is to get an insight into how he/she can plan a day or week.

I strongly believe weather information should be personalized and interact with users, Suggesting alerts in a communicative language rather than showing weather stats.

Prior objective is to help users make simple decisions, user persona might differ, but decision making are same, Ex: should i plan meeting at 2 PM or should i not. 
As we include more user persona, designs might change. We can also include suggested information like:

Might rain at 2 PM
– Carry an umbrella before leaving.
– Find a cab near me

Case study Smart lock screen

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