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December 26, 2009

2010 UI countdown. #5 – Mer Statusbar

Filed under: Mer — Tags: , , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 23:50

Hello everybody.

Today I’d like to continue my countdown series with a pack of posts about user interface concepts for one of the most global maemo community project ever been done — Mer. Thanks to Stskeeps and his great administrative skills, along with all great developers involved, community now has its own way to stay updated with an old hardware like n800/810. So, I’d like to show you fresh thoughts bout visual appearance of Mer in 2010. Lets start with statusbar.

So, the main goal of user interface optimizations was to allow Mer to be usable in as many different environments as possible. That’s why I’ve decided to make it button-independent so you’ll need only touch screen to manipulate. Then I thought it would be great to give user as much screen space as possible for desktop applications, that you can run with Mer (the whole god-damn Ubuntu repository!). Also Mer UI should not be very different frome Fremantle, cause Mer should support all the apps made for Hildon environment. And the last thing — Mer should be usable in portrait modes and even low resolution screens without sacrificing functionality. So I came up with this:

As you can see, statusbar is a bit thinner now, but you can still reach it with fingers even on n900 screen (it’s even easier cause n900 screen doesn’t have bezel around). There’s Mer button, that acts the same way as applications/task switcher button in fremantle, Window title (yeah, it’s back :), shortened status area (tap it to see all of the system status, also you can set up what 3 widgets will be displayed there) and close/back button.

You can share your opinions here right now, and tomorrow I’ll take a closer look at Mer Menu. Thanks for reading.



  1. Hi wazd!

    I have a question about your design.

    Why you didn’t put the status aera next to Mer button as in fremantle-desktop?

    Comment by Opengeek — December 30, 2009 @ 14:36

  2. I think he didn’t put it there because 1) Status areas are almost always on the right, 2) That’s how it was in previous maemo versions.

    Comment by Andy — December 30, 2009 @ 19:14

  3. I asked it because having the menu on one side and the status area on the other in a mobile device to use one thing you use the right hand and the other one the left hand and then you have to change the hand everytime. If you put it on the same side you haven’t to change the hand.

    Comment by Opengeek — December 30, 2009 @ 20:04

  4. And yes I am a lazy user ;)

    Comment by Opengeek — December 30, 2009 @ 20:07

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