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
Member since:
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 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 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: Fail!
by Radio on Sat 5th Feb 2011 13:40 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 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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