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 :
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.
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.
To be continued :)