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PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless And so, today, RIM announced its Hail Mary - a brand new mobile operating system (well, sort-of new), as well as two new devices. In addition, the Canadian company also officially changed its name from Research In Motion to Blackberry. The first few reviews of Blackberry 10 are already out, and it's not bad. The problem, however, is that in the case of Blackberry, 'not bad' could easily mean 'not good enough'.
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Document centric mobile OS
by drcouzelis on Thu 31st Jan 2013 14:59 UTC
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I have a question about the history of mobile operating systems, since I have very little exprience with them.

Most mobile operating systems today feature a main screen with a grid of application icons. Windows Phone features tiles. As far as I understand, these are both very application centric.

Has there ever been a document centric mobile operating system? How would it even work?

Ooh, imagine a screen full contacts (each contact being a "document"), and by placing your thumb on one, all other contacts disappear, and icons slide in from the edges of the screen encircling the contact, each icon being labeled things like Call, SMS, Play Chess...

Or a screen full of PDF files, videos, and pictures, and selecting one of those surrounds it with icons for things like Edit, Email as Attachment...

Has anything like that been done? What is there besides "a grid of application icons" and hiding files from the user?

Edited 2013-01-31 14:59 UTC

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