Mobile.

Ben Logan
10 January 2012

If the word at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show is to be believed, we can expect an invasion of smart technology in our homes and a streamlined way to interact with multiple household devices. Smart kitchen tops, smart cameras, in-vehicle accessories, tablets and 3-D televisions – all connected to each other and to the Internet – are on the horizon. Many of these devices will also be connected to social networking platforms to allow for a seamless integration of home life and online activity. It’s also expected that a refinement of user interfaces will soon be unveiled. With ever…

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Ben Logan
6 December 2011

A usability expert has given Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablet the thumbs down on a number of points. Jakob Nielsen, who has a Ph.D. in human-computer interaction, studied the behaviour of four Kindle Fire users. He argued that although this is hardly a large number of test subjects, smaller qualitative studies offer more insight than bigger studies which are more focused on metrics. Overall, Mr Nielsen said that the Kindle Fire “offers a disappointingly poor user experience”. Commenting on how heavy the hardware is, he said that “unless you have forearm muscles like Popeye, you can’t comfortably sit and read…

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Ben Logan
14 November 2011

The debut of Samsung’s Galaxy Note has been causing a few waves in the mobile device industry since its recent arrival. Placed somewhere between a tablet and a phone, with a 5.2” Amoled display screen and an advanced pen-input technology, the Note lets users multi-task, create and enjoy rich media content on the go. Gregory Lee, President and CEO of Samsung Asia,  commented on the device: “The Galaxy Note is a revolutionary product to open a new category in the mobile industry and I am very proud of this accomplishment.” He explained: “Samsung Galaxy Note will redefine and enhance mobile…

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Ben Logan
28 October 2011

Predicted in 2006 to make a 2012 debut, cutting-edge nano technology applied to user interfaces has made a slightly earlier appearance, with Nokia showing off their new prototype at an event recently in London. Dubbed a ‘Kinetic’ display, their device has a flexible body constructed by lining elastomer (essentially bendy plastic) with carbon nanotubes. The tubes are pliant enough to allow the device to bend, based on the electrical resistance generated from motion. This relatively simple principle allows for revolutionary new steps in user interface design.  While the technology has been in use for some time, the cost of carbon…

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Ben Logan
25 October 2011

Nokia’s new eye-catching Windows Phone, the Lumia 800 has finally been launched after much anticipation. The device boasts an impressive 3.7 inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display, Carl Zeiss optics and 1.4Ghz processor. In addition, the phone’s design has taken its starting point from the popular Nokia N9 and comes with the power and usability of Windows Phone 7.5, which Nokia have put their own spin on with a series of customised apps. This is the first Nokia that runs the Windows Phone operating system instead of Nokia’s own Symbian or MeeGo software. It offers enhanced multichannel usability as it can…

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Ben Logan
19 October 2011

Despite having the leading market share in the smartphone sector, the Google executives behind Android have their eyes fixed on new targets. Matias Duarte, Head of Android’s User Experience team, has recently spoken about Google’s user base research, which is aimed at getting a better understanding of how people use their smartphones and how the company has can improve on their product even further. The study has shown that many users find the Android operating system to be overly complex and unintuitive, often leading to frustration for those who know what their technology can do but don’t know how to…

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