Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Oct 2011 21:02 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless What many of us wondered the moment Research In Motion announced the PlayBook's QNX-based operating system has now transpired: the Canadian smartphone and tablet company has announced BBX, their QNX-based operating system for both smartphones and tablets - in other words, the expansion of the PlayBook operating system into smartphones.
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by -pekr- on Wed 19th Oct 2011 10:25 UTC in reply to "..."
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Member since:
2006-03-28

Useless eye-candy on another short lived platform.

I dont see the use of it.. really..


Well, just few moments ago I could see new Ice Cream Sandwich announced on Samsung phone. Well - it is either typical Samsung UI crap, or Android goes the wrong way imo.

Some time ago, as a former amiga user, I welcomed arrival of full screen apps, which removed surrounding clutter. I barely tolerated so called Widgets. So - what we have got is resizable widgets - cool, but - plainly wrong.

If Android really goes that route, I expect developers releasing regular apps windowed, not full screen. That will lead to not so clean UI interfaces. Those ppl forgot, that 10 years ago, tablets failed, because they contained UI not adapted to tablet usage.

So - I would not be so quick judging RIM here, because Android 4.x has yet to prove itself too ...

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by zima on Wed 19th Oct 2011 11:50 in reply to "RE: ..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I just glanced over one Nokia N9 review ( http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_n9-review-659.php ) - and, like suspected, its Meego indeed seems decent (here's hoping its refinement really will be what lives on in, recently ~confirmed, Nokia post-S40 Linux "feature phone" OS); quite elegant, clean, uncluttered, no widgets.

And most crucially here, your "Some time ago, as a former amiga user, I welcomed arrival of full screen apps" reminded me about how screens in AmigaOS could be dragged to reveal, also partly, another screen/application - and it made me realize that N9 Meego essentially reimplements this as a major UI paradigm, in swipes.

Hm, maybe it even sort of continues the Amiga spirit in more ways - it's apparently quite light, snappy, nicely multitasking on a not-stellar hardware. Also, well, dead and pricey - yup, uncanny resemblance to Amiga (in its state for a decade+) / you might like it? ;) ;)

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by -pekr- on Wed 19th Oct 2011 13:12 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
-pekr- Member since:
2006-03-28

Well, Android has that feature too - draggable top screen, although that serves as a settings-notification centre, and not to reveal screen of running app :-)

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