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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 …

RIM acquires The Astonishing Tribe (TAT), the SWAT team of UI design

December 2nd, 2010

RIM’s upcoming QNX-based OS is about to get a swift kick in the UI, as the company announced its acquisition of The Astonishing Tribe on Thursday. Also known as TAT, the team is renowned for its stunning UI work that often includes unique concepts that never manage to find their way to production devices. While …

Facebook working on their own phone?

September 19th, 2010

TechCrunch broke the news and Business Insider is also reporting that Facebook is working on their own mobile handset. The first report claimed that Facebook’s Joe Hewitt and Eric Tseng (previous Facebook iPhone app developer and previous Senior Product Manager for Android at Google) are heading up the project. When Business Insider chimed in, however, …

Palm design VP headed to Nokia to work on MeeGo

September 14th, 2010

There has been quite a bit of press about high-level executives mobile maker Nokia has been shedding, but this fairly large addition managed to slip under the radar. Nokia has hired Peter Skillman — former Vice President of Design at Palm — to be their Vice President of MeeGo User Experience and Services. Skillman worked …

RIM continues to taunt, shows off more BlackBerry 6 screenshots

July 27th, 2010

RIM has posted some additional screen shots of their yet-to-be-released-or-have-a-release-date-announced BlackBerry 6 operating system. You may recall that earlier in the month RIM provided a few screen shots displaying some of BlackBerry 6’s media capabilities. This particular post is from Douglas Soltys, he interviews RIM’s Director in the User Experience group, Joey Benedek, who shows off the …

XPERIA X10 line to get Android 2.1 in Q4

May 5th, 2010

Any burning questions you’ve ever had about the upgrade path for the XPERIA X10 family of products can now be put to rest, as Sony Ericsson has finally gone public with its intentions. As of Q4 2010, all three phones — the X10, X10 mini and X10 mini Pro — will be upgraded to Android 2.1 …

Rogers announces the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10

April 9th, 2010

It’s not available in stores, through the phone, or online just yet, but Rogers has officially launched the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10. In an email memo sent out minutes ago, Rogers announced to its employees that the Android smartphone is now shipping from their warehouses and should arrive within the next three days. Want one? …

Rogers taking pre-orders for the XPERIA X10

April 6th, 2010

Alright, Canada, the time has come. You can now pre-order the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 from Rogers Wireless. To be available in both Sensuous Black and Luster White, the XPERIA X10 will set you back $149.99 on a 3-year contract. Definitely not bad for a phone with a 4″ WVGA display, 8.1 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, …