After having the Netbook UX of MeeGo out for quite a while, the MeeGo project
released the first preview of Handset UX for public scrutiny. This is, finally, the Qt based heir
of Maemo. There is also a youtube video available, with someone running the release on Moorestown-based Aava reference phone. While this can be flashed on your N900, that is only recommended for platform developers; this
release is not productized to be useful for consumers. Pics after the jumpThe MeeGo Project Handset Day 1 includes:
- MeeGo APIs, incorporating Qt and MeeGo Touch UI Framework (MTF)
- Subset of the handset reference UI and applications
- Status Bar: clock, network, Bluetooth, 3G connection, notifications, and battery charge
- Home Screen
- Lock Screen
- Application Launcher
- Virtual Keyboard
- Applications: Dialer, SMS, Browser, Contacts, and Photo Viewer
- MeeGo Core OS (including the middleware components)
- Hardware adaptation support for Intel Atom-based handset (Moorestown) and ARM-based Nokia N900
Looks nice but there are some things that have to be fixed.*
One is a lot of space is wasted (whitespace! I know that things have to be clickable), I don’t know if this is an ongoing trend on mobile space or here just related with it being a dev-version — though I have seen other sw on phones wasteing space as well.
E.g. Remove the “A” or “B”, I know if a name starts with “A”, well simply because it starts with “A”. Alternatively you could simply add a thin line that seperates the A-Names from the B-Names.
Further move the “A-Z”-bar in landscape mode either …
* to the left/right, with Figure groups “ABC\nDEF\n…”, when clicking on “ABC” it should expand and show “A\nB\nC”
* half to the left, other half to the right
Worse than that is the current speed, it appears to be really slow. Now what interests me if the reason for that is the lack of proper drivers, not chosing a fast render-mode or Qt being slow in general. Please don’t come with the “it’s a alpha release”-stuff. Yeah might be true for MeeGo but certainly not for the underlying technology, also the used phone appears to be quite capable from a power pov.
In general this shows a lot of potential.
* Yeah, I realise, it is a dev-version, though I have seen other phones that got released with those issues.