Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Sat 5th Feb 2011 10:55 UTC, submitted by sawboss
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Nokia Beta Labs are currently experimenting with a new kind of lock screen for touchscreen Symbian phones. Called Nokia Bubbles, this lock screen "offers a new way to achieve a bunch of different interactions and access functionality with a load of bubbles floating around on your handset's touchscreen."
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Fail!
by Matzon on Sat 5th Feb 2011 11:55 UTC
Matzon
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2005-07-06

Buttons that move around - how much more fail can it get?

That said, the idea of pairing items makes sense. Just not sure why its better than a context menu?

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RE: Fail!
by vivainio on Sat 5th Feb 2011 11:59 UTC in reply to "Fail!"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

Buttons that move around - how much more fail can it get?


I guess the purpose is to be entertaining and pretty.

Qt geeks may be interested to hear that this is implemented with Qt Quick.

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RE[2]: Fail!
by Morgan on Sat 5th Feb 2011 12:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Fail!"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I wonder if it will work on my Nuron 5230? It's S60 v5, not Symbian^3, but the article only said "Symbian touchscreen device".

Looks like I'll have something to play with later today...

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RE[3]: Fail!
by Neolander on Sat 5th Feb 2011 13:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Fail!"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I wonder if it will work on my Nuron 5230? It's S60 v5, not Symbian^3, but the article only said "Symbian touchscreen device".

Looks like I'll have something to play with later today...

Well, many comments on the BetaLabs blog entry say that it won't work on s60v5, so I'm pessimistic about this one...

Though there's one guy who says that they're working on it.

Edited 2011-02-05 13:54 UTC

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RE[4]: Fail!
by vivainio on Sat 5th Feb 2011 14:41 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Fail!"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

QML itself works fine on s60 5.0 (Symbian^1). I bet the problem is in interacting with idle screen in general.

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RE: Fail!
by Radio on Sat 5th Feb 2011 13:40 UTC in reply to "Fail!"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

The movement is still a good idea to solve the problem of a screen too small to show all items neatly stacked while being big enough for touch input.

The bubbles are not moving at random though, so it is a good way to train your hand-eye coordination; just call it "Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training Unlock Screen" ;)

Seriously though, this unlock system, even if not perfect in terms of usability, seems to be an eye-catcher, as every tech blog seems to be reporting on it.

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RE: Fail!
by Laurence on Mon 7th Feb 2011 13:24 UTC in reply to "Fail!"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Buttons that move around - how much more fail can it get?

Couldn't agree more. That looked painfully irritating.

They also seem to have overlooked how most users operations are performed by muscle memory. Hunting for a moving target would be so counter-intuitive that I'd sooner revert back to a command line than use "bubbles".

Edited 2011-02-07 13:28 UTC

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Comment by Radio
by Radio on Sat 5th Feb 2011 14:57 UTC
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by Hiev on Sat 5th Feb 2011 15:49 UTC
Hiev
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2005-09-27

Talking about stupidity, those animated bubbles will drain your battery a lot faster.

Edited 2011-02-05 15:50 UTC

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RE: ...
by Neolander on Sat 5th Feb 2011 15:53 UTC in reply to "..."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Looking at the video, they only appear when the screen is turned on, so it might not be that much of a performance hit.

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hummm
by ngnr on Sat 5th Feb 2011 18:13 UTC
ngnr
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2008-01-16

i don't know, but to me it seems that nokia is lost in terms of iu design.

This concept is silly, to me it lacks usability advantages and good look & feel.

Most people agree that nokia UI is good but it needs a serious tweak for touch screen and this is not the way to go.

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RE: hummm
by Radio on Sat 5th Feb 2011 23:01 UTC in reply to "hummm"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20
Damn
by Soulbender on Sun 6th Feb 2011 02:20 UTC
Soulbender
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2005-08-18

The things he has to do now that Michael is gone.

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Keen!
by djitanium on Mon 7th Feb 2011 16:17 UTC
djitanium
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2009-09-25

Yes, Nokia's answer to Android and iOS is bubbles... When your software takes inspiration from Care-a-lot, you know it's time to shutter the windows, turn out the lights, and close up shop.

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