There are a ton of smartphone manufacturers out there. And while many of them take different decisions on how to combine and use hardware, there are two general software philosophies that different phone slingers adhere to.Some deliver a light user interface, which is stingy on features and customization but offers quick orientation and snappy performance.Others will throw a bowl of spaghetti into the feature pot, stir it good and then throw all of them at the wall. Whatever sticks makes it to be on the phone's interface. The result is a highly-customizable and distinctly-looking software, which may or may not be bogged down a bit too much at times.Some swear by the “pure” experience of a minimalist interface, others are bored by it and want the feature-packed “heavy reskins”. Which side are you on? … [Read more...] about Minimalistic or heavy user interface: what do you prefer?
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SPB Mobile Shell has been a favorite solution to replace clunky user interfaces ever since the early days of Windows Mobile and Symbian. The new 3.5 version is probably the best that can happen to your aging handset , with its 3D homescreens, transparent animations and flexible widgets. Now the company is licensing its SPB UI Engine - a cross-platform modular plugin for building 3D interfaces on a variety of devices. SPB says it has signed up 15 companies so far for its UI overlays, with more than 70 devices coming with SPB preinstalled. The SPB UI Engine is written in native C++, meaning that it takes advantage of everything a chipset has to offer, sailing smooth at the default 60 frames per second , and making laggy performance a thing of the past. This is all fine and dandy, but what about the battery life to support all this 3D transparency and transitional animations? SPB claims that it has slimmed down and optimized every piece of the code, achieving l ess power … [Read more...] about SPB UI Engine is a promising cross-platform solution for building 3D user interfaces
Thanks to myriad live images, videos, press renders and other tidbits, we've got a pretty good inkling of what Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ will offer. Through the aforementioned leaks, we've also caught a few glimpses of the user interface, which appears to have been given a customary refresh. Thanks to a handful of new images extracted from a recent APK of Samsung Smart Switch, we can take a closer look at the tweaked UI and the modified icons therein.While the images are not of high resolution, they do offer a decent peek at what S8 users can expect to see when they fire up their devices for the first time. It's almost certain that the forthcoming duo will be based on Android 7.0 Nougat, with Samsung's own enhancements perched atop. Formerly known as TouchWiz, Sammy recently changed the moniker for its custom high-end overlay to Samsung Experience. The switch was befitting of the company's continued transition towards a more functional, simplistic setup and judging by latest … [Read more...] about Galaxy S8 user interface and icons showcased in a series of images
As the story goes, every major Android smartphone manufacturer has their own user interface on top of Google's operating system to separate themselves from the pack. And with every big smartphone release, the UI is evolved further — features are added and visuals get a facelift. After all, we can't have software looks staying the same, while hardware design evolves further.As expected, the LG G6's interface looks different than the one on its predecessor. Partly to make use of the new 2:1-ratio display, partly to make the visuals more streamlined with the looks of the actual phone, and, of course, partly to add some extra pizzazz to the mix.“But how different is it?” you might ask. Well, we took the G5 along for our hands-on with the new G6 and made some screenshots of the main screens and apps you are bound to use on a daily basis. Check out the gallery below for a side-by-side and our comments on what you're looking at. LG G5 vs LG G6: Interface comparison LG … [Read more...] about LG G6 vs G5: User interface differences, a visual comparison
The LG G5 is about to make its global debut on April 1. With a combination of powerful internals and attractive design, this is definitely one of the high-profile Android smartphones to consider this year. In this article, we're going to take you on a brief walkthrough through the smartphone's user interface. Rather than keeping its flagship phones looking and feeling the same through each generation, LG likes to showcase visible interface updates together with its brand-new phones. The LG G3 (2014) defined a baseline design, which modernized the aging skeuomorphic icons, got rid of the inconsistent and bland colors, and streamlined the entire experience to make it easier to navigate. The LG G4 introduced a color refresh and some new icons, but not much in the way of significant changes. The LG G5, though, boasts notable design updates. LG got rid of the app drawer for good, made theme and icon colors less eye-popping, and reduced the menus to mature shades of black and … [Read more...] about LG G5 user interface walkthrough – a saunter through the modular one’s apps and menus