Posts Tagged ‘UI’

Video: MeeGo handset UI on a tablet – looks great!

December 12, 2010 12 comments

Here’s a cool video, it’s MeeGo Handset UI on a tablet.

Although MeeGo handset is no where near ready (both Vanilla and Nokia’s secret version that’s supposedly going to be amazing and have a different UI “Pattern”) it translates great on a bigger touch screen, despite the comments that a Phone and Tablet should have separate UI.

I guess the Maemo now MeeGo experience has always been tablet focused first (being developed on the “internet tablets).

I’d love 10” tablet with MeeGo handset UI vanilla or Nokia’s (well based on the leaked Nokia UI, though I have no idea if the supposed Amazing one will look anything like that). There’s no sign at the moment of any tablet sporting the pre-alpha tablet UI which impressed us all back in June this year.

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Videos: Qt-based homescreen on Symbian

November 25, 2010 16 comments

Now we’ve seen 5800 “hacks” where Symbian has been modified to have different UI, e.g. HTC Sense, Windows XP, Maemo 5 etc (using GDesk). Here are some Qt based UI modifications that Jim has come across. You may have seen them before (they are dated Feb/March of this year) but they’re still pretty cool.

There are three videos. A couple show a similar S.E. Android Rachel UI and the third is a touch-wiz esque.

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More MeeGo Phone UI screenshots – Dual Lock screen, highly customizable themes and UI mechanics.

September 3, 2010 81 comments

Some more MeeGo screens from the MeeGo blog. It’s part of the UI guidelines and is quite informative of what’s coming to MeeGo. Note that this is the stock version and that there may be differences depending on manufacturer customization. As you’ll see from the blog page, MeeGo UI is highly customizable.

Thanks to JIM for the heads up.

First lets look at the standard lock. The idle lock has a lot of relevant information including missed calls (and at what time), text messages, email messages and IM. There’s a big clock and then the date, underneath which is the lock wallpaper.

There are two lock mechanisms. The one below you have to drop the lock button into the square space underneath the clock. There’s no swipe  to unlock or code or any particular drag combination. Just drop it in the unlock space.

Alternatively, you can drag and drop from the top downwards.

Multitasking Carousel.

Multitasking has two views in MeeGo. You have the Nokia N8/Palm Pre like linear carousel multitasking of LIVE applications.  Similar to Maemo 5, the background is similar to homescreen except darkened and blurred. Nice touch.

Note the simple design changes, especially of the bottom launcher. I prefer the second one, what about. you?

According to the blog page, the size of cards, amount of card overlap, zoom, and speed of carousel can all be modified in themes.

Multitasking Grid

Alternatively there’s a Maemo 5 style grid view (Maemo 5 arguably has the best multitasking interface for a power user, with contextual automatic sized grid of live windows).

Notice on the second screenshot, what’s titled as maps and what appears to be a Google street-view esque page.

The amount of rows and spacing between

App Launcher

This is the standard App Launcher view. You have a 3×4 grid and the persistent launcher bar. Whilst many customizations are again noted (Icon size, font, sound, haptics, feedback graphics), there was nothing about changing grid size to accommodate more apps. 4X5 should be standard of 3.5″ screens and above, though it is made difficult with narrower aspect ratios)

You’ll notice that you can switch sideways to more app pages (see in second screenshot the indicator at the top). In addition to the launcher bar (or quick launch bar), this part is  quite iPhone like.

Navigation Bar – more blurring

Similar to Maemo 5, to focus your attention on a particular part of the screen, the other parts are out out of focus – blurred a bit.

There’s much more detail over at the MeeGo Blog page.

Pics: Sneaky Peek at MeeGo handheld UX

June 2, 2010 7 comments

MeeGo phone screenshots are rare. Work is apprently going on with the MeeGo handseld UX. As such there are no video demos. (Although MeeGo netbook and MeeGo Tablet have already been unveiled, the latter looking spectacular).

The first two has just appeared on twitter via @brainimpact. They’ve been uploaded to the MeeGo bugs page and are screenshots from a EeePC testing out MeeGo handheld. Rotated for easier viewing.


I don’t know what this is. This may just be MeeGo netbook.

Not sure what this is either, I’m just checking out the MeeGo related photos.

Results: iPad vs N900/Smartphone vs Booklet 3G/Netbook vs Laptop. Functionality wars – iPad loses. [iPad Rant]

January 29, 2010 3 comments

Yesterday we asked which was (or would be, since iPad is not available) the most productive device for you

  • iPad
  • N900/Smartphone
  • Booklet 3G/Netbook
  • Laptop

The results after one day so far:

Voting is still open.

[Apologies, this oddly became longer than expected. The post was originally just the above. Yes it’s not available yet, but this is just a rant of pure speculations based on the specifications]

41% of you crowned the laptop with 70 votes. Hot on its heels with 30% was smartphone (it was on par with laptop for a while) at 52 votes. Netbooks came out third at 21% with 36 votes and with at 8%, the iPad gets last place with an unlucky 13 votes.

Is it a surprise? iPad is not about functionality or practicality. Just like your girlfriend or wife might appreciate some Prada shoes or Gucci handbags, when she could have gotten cheaper, better value ones at the high street; the iPad is about brand. The Apple Factor.

When Jobs sold us the “Internet in your hands, eBook, videos, email, games” he didn’t sell you the iPad, he sold you the concept of a tablet. Right now we can see much better alternatives in terms of functionality Click to continue reading

10 minute video hands on with the Google Phone Nexus One. Please take some pointers, Nokia.

December 31, 2009 1 comment

Not really a Nokia post, but an intriguing watch nonetheless. Basically how a modern mobile OS should feel and how the UI should look. Nokia touch phones are often more functional [aka plain/boring] when it comes to the UI. Only recently with the N900 have Nokia users experienced eye candy UI out of the box. For me, I’m hungry for more as it just adds to the whole user experience made by a great OS and an alluring UI.

It doesn’t have to be style versus substance. Why not have both?

  • Animated and interactive wallpapers – gimmicky maybe but undeniably stunning. Wonder how this will affect its battery life
  • Very fast. Only a few minor hiccups here and there.
  • [Complete integration with google services]

Now imagine the quashed rumours of Nokia making an Android Handset were true? Nokia Aseries – with all other Nokia hardware excellence to boot.

Who’ll up the deliver 2010-level eye candy first? Maemo or Symbian?

from via mobilementalism

N900 Mer UI – Portrait, New task switcher and dock.

December 28, 2009 2 comments

Andrew Zhilin brings us his concept of Mer User Interface for the N900. What is Mer?

“Mer is an outgrowth of Nokia’s Maemo environment, designed to flesh out the tablet-centric operating system into a full-fledged Linux distribution suitable for embedded and desktop systems of all description.”

via see also Mer

  • Works in landscape. “only” 3X4 grid of apps, plus note, a dock of customizable quick launch apps (15 TOTAL – extras views other window of apps).
  • Works in portrait – note how it scales to portrait. Apps still in same configuration. In portrait you get to view more apps, up to 24 in 6×4 grid plus the dock. 27 APP TOTAL.

  • Finally we have the app switcher. One of my fave things on the N900. I like that I can get to “extras” menu from app switcher because most of the time, I already have quick access to menu apps on my homescreen.

I like Andrew’s concept, especially the maximisation of apps in view when in portrait. It would be interesting to see how it handles longer lists of apps. Would it be scrollable like the first screenshot suggests or in pages?

Via tablet UI

Video: Nokia N900 Camera Interface – why it’s better than what’s on the N97

December 15, 2009 13 comments

Like much of Nokia’s line up, the Nokia N900 has a 5MP camera with dual LED flash. What sets it slightly apart from all the rest is the revamped camera controls, minimising the need for necessary button presses that Nokia’s put us through before.

I’ve talked about what I love in the N900’s camera, shown some samples and screenshots but now, let me demonstrate in video

  • Simple selection of modes
  • New icon indicator appears after adjusting a setting (e.g. ISO 100), from which you can press that new icon and adjust that setting from there
  • Remembering your last saved settings. – If you’re taking photos in a particular area and just took a short break in between shots, you don’t want to have to set those settings again should you decide to close the lens cover
  • Start up is fast, time between next shot is about 1-2 seconds.
  • Autofocus is fast and accurate
  • Nice to have the option of 16:9 photos to maximise view finder when taking photos.

With a touch screen, you’ve got a blank canvas of controls, with limitless possibilities of how many buttons and where to position them. On the N97 it doesn’t take advantage of this. It’s not necessarily an S60V5 issue as the same OS on the Samsung i8910 and Sony Ericsson Satio don’t have the camera interface.

This is somewhat addressed on the N900.

It’s not completely perfect (there could be an additional “button” to switch from camera/video, making it just a one click switch), but these slightly revamped controls make the N900’s camera a joy to use. In future though, I would like to see some of the N97’s imaging options available on the N900:

  • Colour Tones – Black and white/Sepia/Vivid
  • Contrast
  • Camera Grid – helps compose photo
  • Sequence mode – Bust shot (I’d also like the old sequence mode where you can set phone to take photos in longer intervals, 1s, 5s, 10, 30s, 1m, 5m – a niche feature but great for time lapse photography)
  • Self Timer – don’t leave people out in group photos
  • User defined settings – I like to save high contrast/high exposure/black and wide in the N97, and it’s nice that I can select this mode and not have to tinker about with these settings (not that the N900 has these options anyway)

That’s about it for now. I won’trant on new physical features I’d like to see in the next MaemoPhone today. Though, this post more or less sums it up:


Oh ok. One thing. The camera shutter-release button – great to have one, but now I’m preferring the more obvious 2 step press in the N97’s button. [that and of course Xenon – sorry, sorry, I couldn’t help myself!)

New Symbian UI is smoking hot!

December 5, 2009 2 comments

….well at least in comparison to S60V5.

A month ago, Symbian’s CEO gave a rather vague presentation on the new Symbian UI. On Thursday, Engadget posted up a sneak preview of the upcoming Symbian UI which no longer resembles the murky confusion that is S60. With the new Symbian UI users will have:

  • Reduced clutter
  • Improved input methods
  • Capacitive Screen (death to resistive on high end!)
  • Multitouch
  • Pinch and Zoom
  • Single touch improved (less taps to get to places- would be fantastic if we can get to everything with 3 taps or under)
  • Better website compatibility,
  • Quicker flash
  • UI will be faster – 3x faster than our high end (which one, N97 or N900?)
  • Scrolling will be 60FPS vs current 15fps
  • Optimized graphics – more responsive, beautiful
  • Drastically reduce complexity and bring new fresh appeal – when Nokia does, many people will take a new look at Symbian to achieve what no other manufacturer can.

Without ranting too much as I have to go, all I can say is – finally! Although I know the whole Qt thing will help with the cross compatibility of applications, I can’t help but be perplexed still with Nokia being pulled at two directions, with Maemo on one and Symbian on the other. Is Maemo just a testing ground for Symbian? Would Nokia put this much effort into a Symbian device and not make it one of the high ends (remember the rumours that Nokia denied of dropping Symbian at the high end?)

Engadget via MickyFin

Video: Symbian UI Concept

November 3, 2009 2 comments

This video was shown in Symbian CEO, Lee William’s keynote at SEE 2009. It’s supposed to be an artist’s concept of what Symbian UI will look like in the future. Note, this is apparently NOT in the Symbian roadmap.

It’s about a mashup of information – integration of social network/services.

…hmm a little rant…

I’m feeling extremely pessimistic about the future of Symbian. Watching the actual keynote itself, I’m left with a sense of apathy. It was all very vague, “we are going to make x better, we’re going to improve x”…HOW exactly? Maybe I didn’t get what he was talking about as I’m not a developer and don’t appreciate perhaps the things a developer might?

I missed the part where they should have talked about delivering the simplest, slickest, most innovative UI to the consumer. Above all the features they could add to Symbian, it means nothing if they’re trapped in a horrendous maze of menus, ugly option settings, and needless click after click.

In the keynote, Williams tries to make a dig at Jobs for claiming iPhone OS as having the most advanced mobile OS whilst lacking copy and paste.(maybe not most advanced OS but definitely UI wise)

What makes iPhone* and Apple in general “advanced” is their execution of their products and services. Apple products just works. It’s not necessarily the features they bring (you can always add features later, erm, copy and paste). It’s now all about pushing the user experience to the limit.

I’d like to be proven wrong with Symbian and see them some how (with Nokia) grab the top spot in people’s minds when you think of “advanced/state of the art/most innovative mobile OS”. Though it’s getting extremely hard to have such faith when we see Nokia’s high-end future siding towards “mobile computers” with Maemo.