UI (User Interface).

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
22 October 2013

Smart watches and other wearable technologies certainly seem to have caught the imagination of the industry of late – the XOWi Personal Voice Companion is another entry that could be worth keeping an eye on. The device is a small accessory that can be worn as a necklace or a badge. It pairs with the wearer’s smartphone and interacts via its companion app. As well as voice controls, a large tactile button on the device will allow for easy access to associated apps. Hints have also been dropped that the system will be able to interact with other virtual voice…

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Ben Logan
15 October 2013

Yahoo Mail’s major design update seems to have gone horribly wrong – there has been a huge backlash from the email service’s 275 million users, with some claiming that the UI now looks like “a knock off of competitor Gmail”. Tens of thousands of people have complained about the glitches and reduced functionality of the new Yahoo Mail interface, while many simply don’t like the new look and feel. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer (previously a top Google executive) has been personally blamed by many for the redesign failure, with the general consensus being bafflement by what seems to be a…

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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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Ben Logan
1 October 2013

The sharpness of the iOS 7 screen and the motion of its icons are being blamed for cases of motion sickness amongst certain users of Apple’s new operating system. Headaches, nausea and vertigo are being reported on Apple’s support website from users who have upgraded to iOS 7, which includes dynamic backgrounds and animations that were not present on previous versions of the software. All the icons displayed on screen are constantly in motion, albeit in a subtle fashion, but this movement against the background is being blamed by experts for causing the vertigo effect, as well as the zoom…

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