UX (User Experience).

Ben Logan
2 December 2013

TV subscribers with a YouView set-top box will be glad to know that a soon-to-be released update will provide a number of nifty usability enhancements, particularly when it comes to users who struggle with operating the remote control for searches. YouView software version 8.1 will allow people to use a USB keyboard to make the programme search process more smooth sailing. Although this new keyboard functionality is primarily being rolled to help visually-impaired viewers, it will also be a relief for those who simply find using the remote for searches clunky – people will no longer have to use SMS-style…

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Ben Logan
27 November 2013

YouTube has now released their latest update – V5.3.23 features some user interface tweaks as well as a few other minor under-the-hood enhancements. It must be said that the UI changes are so subtle that many won’t notice them. For example, the slide-out menu used to have Uploads, History, Favourites, Playlists, and Watch later, followed by the user’s subscriptions; in the latest version Google has added “What to Watch and My Subscriptions” above those icons and have also mixed them up a little. Nevertheless, it’s good to know that Google’s usability team is constantly on the case when it comes…

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Ben Logan
20 November 2013

PlayStation 4 hasn’t even been out for a week and already the 1.51 system update has been released, demonstrating that the company’s usability testing team are hard at work. While the new update is not nearly as expansive as the 1.50 ‘day one’ update that made many PS4 features available to gamers, it contains important usability features such as improved software stability and a refined user interface that clearly indicates when a person downloads a game and a game patch at the same time. North American PS4s have automatic downloads of system updates enabled by default when the PS4 is…

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Ben Logan
5 November 2013

Fresh details are filtering through about the much anticipated PlayStation 4 user interface, as well as about certain limitations it will present. Due for release on 29 November in Europe, the next-generation console’s UI (version 1.5) has three divided levels – the top section contains functionality for Friends, Profile and Settings; the middle section features icons of various games and the last layer contains the Library and Store. Overall, the user interface is said to be “light but fast” – players can leave and enter a game in an “instant”, while jumping between various areas is easily done through simple…

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Ben Logan
29 October 2013

The launch of Microsoft’s Xbox One is creeping towards us, and as the November 22 release date draws ever closer a new video has been released to showcase the next generation console’s updated user interface. First to be seen is the Home screen on display when users boot up their console – it features a Metro style interface (as has been known for some time) and various apps such as Netflix, Internet Explorer, Xbox Music, Skype and a Friends list. Although it is not made clear whether the user interface video is running in real time, a narrative voice is…

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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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