Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Dec 2012 23:01 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Two weeks ago, as I was busy finding out in Vegas that double-shot frozen cocktails are a really stupid idea, a small Finnish startup unveiled their mobile operating system: Jolla unveiled Sailfish. With a strong focus on the Chinese market, the company is aiming to offer serious competition to Android's dominance of the smartphone market.
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HappyGod
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2005-10-19

First off; Thom, you're jaded.

There, now that that's out of the way. Totally agree that it's way too hard to possibly find all of the gestures that are available.

I remember accidentally finding out about the 2-finger scroll ability in iOS (you can scroll iFrame's within already scrollable web pages with 2 fingers). Before that time, I just figured the non-visible text within scrollable boxes on web pages was unreadable on the device!

Essentially, modern swipe-based operating systems are a return to the command prompt. You're just chucked into the deep end, and you figure it out, or you don't.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Essentially, modern swipe-based operating systems are a return to the command prompt. You're just chucked into the deep end, and you figure it out, or you don't.

If I'm not misunderstood, CLI-driven computers used to be bundled with those large manuals that explained how most common commands worked. With gestures, to the contrary, device manufacturers have stopped trying to make their devices accessible to untrained users because, you know, these are supposed to be so obvious.

So things might actually have gotten worse ;)

Edited 2012-12-07 19:26 UTC

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