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All posts tagged "user interface"


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Windows Phone 7: The Final Look & Feel

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Software" @ 11:00 AM

We've seen a lot of different screen shots over the past six months of Windows Phone 7, but now that everything is at 1.0, the UI is locked down and the products are going to ship soon. Here's a bunch of UI screen shots of Windows Phone 7, including several of the apps and hubs, after the break. Read more...


Friday, June 11, 2010

Mystery Meat Icons Gone In Windows Phone 7

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone News" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.istartedsomething.com/20...indows-phone-7/

The mystery meat navigation icons in the application bar at the bottom are a mystery no more. As Windows Phone 7 nears completion the WinMo team is continuing to tweak it. Those icons now have text below them describing their function so you no longer have to guess.

Maybe there is still hope that Copy and Paste will make it into the final build. Maybe. A little? Nah....


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Look at Microsoft's "Metro" Book

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.istartedsomething.com/20...metro-the-book/

"At Microsoft MIX10 today the Windows Phone 7 Series team are handing out a very special picture book all about our favorite user interface, Metro. There is 47 pages full of beautiful text and icons that explain where Metro comes from, what Metro represents and what guide Metro."

Doing the rounds at MIX10 is Microsoft's picture guide to Metro, the UI driving Windows Phone 7 Series. Want a look? Head over to istartedsomething where Long Zheng has delivered a slideshow of this 47-page book in all its page-by-page glory.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Windows phone 7 UI vs. iPhone UI: FIGHT!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 03:00 AM

http://blog.genstart.dk/2010/02/17/...ome-the-chrome/

"The lock screen is up first, and a first example of the elimination of what Tufte would call interface debris. No controls here. To get unlock a Windows phone, simply slide the screensaver upwards with your thumb. The phone is in there, sitting behind the screensaver image. I remember when I first saw the iPhone and thought "oh, finally, no more remembering obscure keyboard patterns to open a phone". Seeing the Windows unlock mechanism, well, caused a similar response."

This is a really well-balanced and thoughtful look at the interface on the iPhone vs. the interface on Windows phone 7. Well worth the read - the person writing it is someone who thinks deeply about user interface and his impressions of Windows phone 7 are interesting to read.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Is Windows Mobile in Danger of Becoming Software Plumbing?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 09:33 AM

Jump over to Engadget and watch the video they've posted of the newly-announced HTC Hero, an Android-based smartphone. Look at what HTC has done in terms of porting a version of TouchFlo from Windows Mobile over to Android - but also pay attention to the apps they've added and improved. Now picture those changes and improvements flowing back to future Windows Mobile devices. Between all of the customs apps that HTC has slowly but surely built up (photo viewer, music player, skinned browser, weather app, etc.) and the UI of TouchFlo, Windows Mobile is becoming nothing more than plumbing....which should terrify Microsoft. If the OS is just plumbing, then HTC could switch to whatever OS the wish on a given device. HTC is Microsoft's biggest smartphone partner - so what does it mean to Microsoft when their biggest partner is working to undermine the user interface of their operating system? Read more...


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Spb Mobile Shell 3.0 Adds Widgets, Facebook Support, 3D Carousel

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/poc...re/mobileshell/

"Spb Software, a leading maker of mobile software, releases Spb Mobile Shell 3.0, the next-generation user interface for Windows phones. According to Handango Yardstick, Spb Mobile Shell was the world's number one bestselling application of 2008 among all mobile platforms. Spb Mobile Shell 3.0 accounts for two different smartphone use scenarios: at work and at play. The application offers distinctive 'professional' and 'lifestyle' desktops, integration of picture contacts with Facebook, account-sensitive email indicators, handsome time and weather screens, widgets, responsive kinetic scrolling, signature 3D animation engine, and other appealing assets that change the way a Windows phone is used altogether."

Spb Software has released v3.0 of its ever-popular UI for Windows Mobile, and it adds some impressive features such as widgets, Facebook integration, a 3D carousel with hardware acceleration support, and Professional and Lifestyle home screens. Interested in trying or buying? Head over to our affiliate software store. If you're a registered user of v2.x, the upgrade is available at a discounted price of $14.95, or free if you purchased it within the last 90 days.


Friday, March 20, 2009

Microsoft Tweaks Honeycomb UI

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 02:20 AM

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/ne...oneycomb-ui.ars

"While the layout remains the same and the icons are in the exact same place, they have been enlarged and the actual honeycomb outline (hexagons around each icon) is gone. Furthermore, scrolling up or down no longer means going all the way to the top or all the way to the bottom: the second the finger leaves the screen, scrolling will stop."

You're either going to love or hate the changes made to Windows Mobile 6.5's honeycomb UI. If you've forgotten what the previous version looked like, take a gander at our screenshot thread posted back in February. Now, looking at the image above, you'll notice that the latest version no longer sports hexagonal outlines, yet the hexagonal layout remains. It's a double-edged sword, because while visual clutter has been reduced, it becomes less apparent to uninformed users that these zigzagging rows actually represent a hexagonal layout, in addition to why it was adopted, prompting them to question whether such ocular trauma is really necessary.

That aside, Microsoft has made noticeable usability and performance tweaks to Windows Mobile 6.5 on the whole. It's definitely looking smoother and shinier than ever before.


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