Maemo UI improvements blog.

December 22, 2008

New Year Countdown Series: #1

Filed under: Heavy UI improvements — Tags: , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 12:21

Hello there.

It’s been a long time since we’ve met last time, and many things happened. But I think most of themes were already discussed in many blogs and forums, so it’s not necessary to mention them here. What I want to do now is to conclude this very productive year with a series of 10 posts that will describe 10 UI innovations that I dream to see in upcoming Maemo 5 or so called Fremantle. Some of them are pretty fresh and outstanding, some of them you maybe have already seen before. So let’s begin our New Year Countdown!

Number 1:  Rapid Web Access.

As n*** series is still remains to be most advanced mobile internet browsing device on the market. I thought to make it even more web-oriented, to provide instant access for most of the web functions for end-user. And critical point of speed is not “desktop quality surfing”. It should be even better.

So my point is to make a hardware button, dedicated to special bottom bar, that will give you instant access for most of the browsing functions. That’s how it can look :
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Bottom bar with input field and 4 buttons: bookmarks, search, open, and open in new tab. It should work wherever you are in OS, is it notes, FBReader, Clock or Minesweeper. You can type/paste into the input field any text: if it’s an URL, then you can go right there by clicking one of two right options. If it’s just words – you can search for them localy (in contacts, applications or notes for example, works similar to OS X “Spotlight”) or choose one of the various search engines grom Google to Wikipedia or Lingvo dictionary. It will give user extremly fastaccess to the web, even faster than on the desktop.

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And the “bookmarks” acts pretty much as you’d expect it to act: gives you quick access to all your bookmarks and bookmark folders. Also you can open bookmark in new window right from it.

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To be continued :)

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4 Comments »

  1. Nice idea, fits well with the move to Tracker as a general meta-data indexer in Maemo 5 (codenamed *Fre*mantle, BTW ;-))

    Comment by Andrew Flegg — December 22, 2008 @ 16:56

  2. Ah, goddamn… :)) Sorry for typo :)

    Comment by Andrew Zhilin — December 22, 2008 @ 17:19

  3. This could be great for video blogging :)

    Comment by KodoTrade — December 23, 2008 @ 02:29

  4. […] helped various unique projects, such as Mnemosyne, BlueMaemo, Ati85 and even Mer. You can even see some of my UI ideas for Fremantle live […]

    Pingback by 2010 UI countdown. #10 – Transmission. « Maemo UI improvements blog. — December 22, 2009 @ 00:50


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