Andrew Zhilin brings us his concept of Mer User Interface for the N900. What is Mer?
“Mer is an outgrowth of Nokia’s Maemo environment, designed to flesh out the tablet-centric operating system into a full-fledged Linux distribution suitable for embedded and desktop systems of all description.”
- Works in landscape. “only” 3X4 grid of apps, plus note, a dock of customizable quick launch apps (15 TOTAL – extras views other window of apps).
- Works in portrait – note how it scales to portrait. Apps still in same configuration. In portrait you get to view more apps, up to 24 in 6×4 grid plus the dock. 27 APP TOTAL.
- Finally we have the app switcher. One of my fave things on the N900. I like that I can get to “extras” menu from app switcher because most of the time, I already have quick access to menu apps on my homescreen.
I like Andrew’s concept, especially the maximisation of apps in view when in portrait. It would be interesting to see how it handles longer lists of apps. Would it be scrollable like the first screenshot suggests or in pages?
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