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September 14, 2009

Fremantle: Swipe launch.

Filed under: Light UI modifications — Andrew Zhilin @ 03:06

Hello all.

Just came up with little, but neat idea for Fremantle. It’s so little that I don’t even need “more…” tag :)

As we’ve already seen on various videos, flush screen of the n900 allows to detect very first pixels of the display that opens up the door to some neat interactions for example roll-over mode in web browser.

So what I propose is to use this thing as a customizable quick launcher for very essential applications for the user on the home screen. Just swipe from the left or right (or even up and down) on the home screen, just as you would do it to enable mouse pointer in browser, and gain access to the notes, media player, messaging or any other app you need.

Something like this:


Well, that’s all for now, feel free to discuss it in comments :) Thank you for reading.



  1. Well, one of the ideas of the new App switcher is just this — along with the fact that you can add application “shortcuts” to your desktop. But, overall, users will be encouraged to just leave applications open (i.e., multitasking). This makes switching to “favorite” apps very quick and easy.

    Comment by timsamoff — September 14, 2009 @ 05:12

    • Never seen this functionality in demos. Anyway, swipe can also switch to the bookmarked application if it’s open without searching through small windows (on the go, for example)

      Comment by Andrew Zhilin — September 14, 2009 @ 11:52

  2. I had a similar idea for my Xournal port. A drawer that would come out from the sides.
    I think a HildonDrawer would be cool.

    Comment by Aniello Del Sorbo — September 14, 2009 @ 10:44

    • Very good idea.
      4 homescreen are not enough to place all my needed widgets so that way we could save the space apps would require.
      Also it coyld be even more customizable so we could have apps from the left and e.g contacts from the right.

      Comment by Kordas Konstantinos — November 2, 2009 @ 14:56

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