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UI

Apple’s new app-switching patent could spell trouble for Android

December 21st, 2011

Apple recently won an injunction that could prevent HTC from importing several Android phones into the United States, and now it has been granted a patent for a technology that may drastically affect how Android vendors design their devices and user interfaces. The Cupertino-based company was granted a patent titled “Portable electronic device with graphical user …

Facebook for Android receives major UI overhaul

December 7th, 2011

Facebook has totally overhauled its Android application to better align with the UI available on the iPhone and the iPod touch. There’s a left navigation sidebar for quick and easy access to your messages, profile, friends and more. Your timeline takes the stage, front and center, right when you launch the application, so you don’t …

Kindle Fire offers ‘disappointingly poor’ user experience, UI expert says

December 6th, 2011

User interface expert Dr. Jakob Nielsen, who describes himself as an author, researcher and consultant on user interfaces, recently studied the user experience of the Kindle Fire and dubbed it “disappointingly poor.” Nielsen said the lack of physical buttons impeded the reading experience, the device was too heavy and was “unpleasant to hold for long periods of …

Netflix launches new tablet UI for Android; iPad version coming in a few weeks

November 15th, 2011

Netflix, compelled by the increasing number of Android tablets now flooding the market, announced a brand new user interface for tablets on Tuesday. The company explained that the revamped UI now displays twice as many movie and TV titles, with larger cover art, and that users can easily swipe through titles to find additional content. …

HTC investigating potential Sense security flaw

October 4th, 2011

A report was recently published by Android Police that suggests HTC’s Sense user interface has several major security flaws that provide HTC with access to SMS data, phone numbers, system logs, location information and much more. Worse, the flaw could potentially allow any third-party application to access the same private information without having permission from …

Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' images and details revealed

August 11th, 2011

The first images and details surrounding Google’s next major Android release have seemingly been revealed. Mobile site RootzWiki claims to have received images and details from a source with an early build of Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich,” and it has published two images of the OS running on a Nexus S. The site says …

Motorola’s MOTOBLUR: don’t call it by name

June 11th, 2011

Time flies. Motorola introduced its MOTOBLUR user interface and software service with the debut of the Motorola CLIQ back in 2009, but now it appears that moniker’s days are coming to an end. Just yesterday the company unveiled two new Android smartphones for Sprint and Virgin Mobile: the Photon 4G and the Motorola Triumph. The …

Is this how iOS 5 notifications will look and work?

June 6th, 2011

We’re only a couple hours away from finding out, but a photo has been making the rounds depicting what some are claiming to be part of the enhanced notifications UI in iOS 5. As you can see the in the photo, Twitter mentions are displayed on a second bar below the status bar, much like …

Nokia E6 pre-orders start in the U.K.

May 26th, 2011

Nokia’s latest QWERTY candybar phone, the E6, is now available for pre-order in the U.K. Nokia took the wraps off of the E6 in April — at the same time it announced X7 — and said it would ship with the latest Symbian “Anna” operating system. The E6 offers a 2.46-inch 640 x 480 pixel …