Video: 9 homescreens on the N900 – all accessible in one swipe

| December 24, 2009 | 16 Replies

Intended day to day use: have main middle homescreen, quick access to eight others in one swipe. Swipe up for X, and then back to main homescreen.

Nokia totally got me hooked on their concept of homescreens and “alwaysonlineasithappens” with the N97. I found it extremely useful but wanted more of it than the one homescreen + blank screen that the N97 has.

With the N900 we had four homscreens! At last!

I’m able to have a main desktop for things I access all the time. I hardly go into my App Menu anymore because of this.

Another two I’ve for work and another for “news” when I’ve got some time to kill.

From the main homescreen I can swipe left for work or right for news.

But what about the fourth? Well, that’s two swipes away – and whilst that’s not much, it means I use it much less than the other two.

On one of Wednesday’s post

Firmware update wishlist for the N900: 35 things that need sorting in the Nokia N900 (software wise)

#25 highlights a suggestion of a grid of menus. This is something I’ve wanted from the N97. Swiping up/down for additional homescreens.

The video below shows an idea of what the N900 would be like if it had 9 homescreens

1. This may seem overwhelming (4 might already be too much for some), but consider than with one touch/swipe you can access all your apps/widgets/bookmarks.

2. No scrolling through menus, hunting for the app your looking for. Consider than in pressing the menu button is already one motion, and you might stilll need to scroll and find that app. Here, one swipe gets you to the position of your app.

3.From any homescreens 1-9, you can reach the others within one swipe.

4. Let’s take a phone’s 1-9 keypad. From 5, you can access all the others in one swipe.


5. For something like 1 to get to 9 or 7 to 6, we’ll have a continuous grid connecting the 9 homescreens

6. From any other number you can reach all the others.

7. I suppose this could get confusing, however there could be an indicator made to show exactly where you are. Like a 9 grid dot and one dot changes position when you move homescreens.

8.Imagine if this was implimented as the App Menu view too?  This goes a bit extra to the folder organization that I liked in S60, whereby from within 3 clicks [menu>folder>app], I can access 144 apps. With a 4×5 icon grid, you could have access to 180 apps

9. Also if like #8 you categorized them into Multimedia/office etc it might make it easier to remember what’s where. e.g. Need to find Maps? Under navigation. Twitter app? Connect [with people] Bounce? Games.

With your apps already on the homescreen, you might never need to check out menu again.

- just an idea.

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  1. llaadd says:

    hey mate…while this is a good idea I think i know why nokia will not implement it…it can simply get too confusing for the average user…quite literally get lost where you are! (2 swipes to where u want to go is better then 10 trying to figure out where u are!)

    • Jay Montano says:

      Yup, sadly, anything which now needs people to “think” in an OS is considered unintuitive. But would help me as a power user.

      Having said that, there could be work-arounds where there’s some sort of indicator that shows where you are. Like in S60′s browser overview. [I think the T-Mob pulse has something similar, though not entirely smooth]

      Also I didn’t demo the concept that well. What’s supposed to happen is you just have your middle homescreen – one you use most frequently, and then the other directional swipes to access additional apps.

      Then you’re back at the main homescreen.

      This way you always know “swipe up for x, swipe down for y etc”

  2. mirakels says:

    I like it! Why limit yourself to the average user. If seen many window managers allowing multiple desktops. Some even allow to specify how you want your desktops: 4×1, 2×2, 3×3, whatever…

    so just make it configurable with an average user default.

  3. llaadd says:

    was thinking that mirakels, if it gave the option to have it several different ways that way people could just try it and see what they prefer! I think another way to do it is have a key which you can press to see an overview of all of them and tap on the one you want but again this would mean 2 taps but still a viable option i think

  4. Amilcar says:

    Wow! your idea is amazing. I think that it is better if you could decide how many hs do you whant to use than “just” have 4.

  5. Doug says:

    This should be the panoramic homescreen that Nokia will use on Maemo 6 instead of that concept one they showed in the PowerPoint presentation.

  6. rayan4m says:

    I like it . but how can i make it 9 homescreen ??

  7. Spunk says:

    Looks good, what about the loopable desktop background? is it possible to have 9 images looped together in the .desktop file?

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