Mobile.

Ben Logan
24 January 2014

Global company Playtech, which designs, develops and licenses software for the online, mobile, TV and land-based gaming industry, has today announced their unique user interface for the Gala Interactive tablet. The innovative UI is based on Playtech’s Mobile Hub technology and was developed by Gala Interactive in collaboration with Playtech using their development framework. This framework made it possible for the creation of a fully branded and customised user interface for Gala’s mobile product, which has specific requirements and branding elements that needed the bespoke touch to provide an optimal customers experience. Playtech’s Head of Mobile, Eran Sharar, commented, “We…

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Ben Logan
8 January 2014

iPhone and iPad users will be pleased to hear that a new version of the GoodReader PDF app for iOS 7 has today been released, boasting a revamped user interface, new features and more convenient access to tools. The company has also said that the update will allow certain PDFs to render faster. This latest release is the first update since September 20 of last year. The fresh UI offers simpler navigation and improved overall usability. For example, there is now the option to flatten multiple files with a single click, batch import/export to Photo Albums, tag or star files…

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Ben Logan
28 October 2013

The 6 inch G Flex smartphone has just been released by South Korean manufacturer LG, and whilst there are currently no plans to release the device in the West, it’s still interesting to have a look at its design and user interface as an indication of what we might expect in the near future. The phone’s release comes just weeks after the release of Samsung’s Galaxy Round smartphone, the difference being that the Round is curved from left to right, whereas the G Flex’s curve is from top to bottom – something the company claims will make it more comfortable…

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Ben Logan
25 October 2013

An automated Android testing framework, known as Espresso, has just been launched by Google – it allows for the automated testing of x86 machines in the cloud within a multi-threaded environment, which effectively addresses the concurrency issues usually associated with user interface testing. Due to the large number of available devices, testing Android products can be an expensive and time consuming process. The usual solution to this is to make use of an emulator to support a multitude of OS versions, screen sizes and memory constraints, which whilst being a useful method can sometimes be a slow process. Google’s new…

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Ben Logan
14 October 2013

Following from the success of their beta testing mode for the Android application earlier this year which saw users drafted in as usability guinea pigs to try out experimental features that could become a part of the final release, Facebook is now set to ask the public to take part in a much earlier testing phase. Facebook announced their new Android alpha testing programme in a recent blog. Christian Legnitto, Mobile Release Engineering lead at Facebook, commented: “We started out with beta as we knew it would be a good balance between testing and usability, but we’d love to get…

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Ben Logan
8 October 2013

Having already pioneered gesture-based user interfaces with the Windows 8 in 2012, Elliptic is new set to release several Android models with this type of UI in the second half of 2014. The technology uses ultrasound, which is considered superior because a user doesn’t have to be as close to the ultrasonic sensor as an infrared one. It brings a number of advantages compared to existing touchless or hands-free interfaces – for one, ultrasonic sensors permit 3D interaction with smartphones as well as touchless interfaces. Secondly, ultrasonic sensors are better than webcams because they can control the interface without a…

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