Posts Tagged ‘UI widgetization’

Samsung Anycall Haptic 2 announced, comes with TouchWIZ and 50 Widgets by default

September 29th, 2008


Ok, Samsung has gone completely crazy and overboard with TouchWIZ. as if it was not enough with the announcement of their new Photo Centric, 8mp camera and TouchWIZ phone. they are now announcing the second version of the Samsung Anycall Haptic. a phone that i wrote about just a little over 6 months ago as it was the second to sport TouchWIZ.

The frame of the phone seems to share half of the Omnia look and half of the Pixon look. the Anycall is multimedia centric and it comes with Digital Mobile TV, 4gb or 16gb SSD options and improvements in multi touch, haptics and responsiveness compared to the first Anycall Haptic. but that is not all. it comes fully packed with Samsung TouchWIZ Widgets. it carries 50 TouchWIZ Widgets from the let go. that is quite a selection. does that means that those are all the TouchWIZ Widget available considering that the Pixon comes with 18 by default?. that is the question left unanswered right now. but 50 widgets should suffice to anyone for the first months. given the pace they got. a new Omnia Software Update should not be far away. i will of course keep you posted.

via Telecoms Korea

T-Mobile Partners With Opera Software for Web`n`Walk Mobile Widget Open Platform

September 29th, 2008


Yes. it is one of those cases felt inclined to put a long self explanatory titles. the deal is that T-Mobile and Opera have united to bring up a iPhone like Non-iPhone Widgetized Spring Board (or launchpad if you will) that will bring you notifications from websites, and can show you in a icon based grid your favorite websites once you click in one. this will combine with a widgetized website from where you will be able to add more widgets (icons) too in order to enhance the experience:

  • T-Mobile makes mobile surfing easier, faster and more convenient
  • Direct access to your most important and personal Internet services with one click on your mobile-phone display
  • Active widgets provide automatic notification of new information on personal Internet sites if required
  • Strategic partnership between T-Mobile and Opera for the creation of an open, standardized platform
  • web’n’walk widgets expected to be available by the end of the year


web’n’walk is becoming even more intuitive, bringing users even closer to the World Wide Web. In future, you will be able to access your personal favorite sites more easily and quickly than ever from your mobile phone by simply selecting the corresponding widget, an active icon, from the standard display. The most important information from your chosen site is then shown – whether eBay, Amazon, Quelle,, MySpace, Bild, and various Yahoo! Services, such as Yahoo! oneSearch and Yahoo! Weather, or other popular Internet sites. In addition, in case of important information on a personalized Internet site, such as the arrival of an eBay notification, the widget indicates the new status, with users able to respond directly. You are thus informed of bids in online auctions or new news items as they occur, even on the move.

T-Mobile entered into a partnership with browser pioneer Opera Software ASA to develop the "Widget Internet".

"T-Mobile ushered in a new era as the first global telecommunications operator to provide its customers with a complete mobile Web experience. Together with Opera, T-Mobile launched the pan-European success story called web’n’walk, enabling people to use all their favorite Web sites on nearly any device," says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO of Opera Software. "Today, T-Mobile takes another industry-defining step forward. In web’n’walk 4.0, the mobile phone comes alive with widgets that deliver personalized services direct from the home screen, giving people more powerful tools to take full advantage of the mobile Web experience."

"T-Mobile is striving towards offering its customers the best Internet experience at any time and in any place. To this end, we have introduced the iPhone into our markets in cooperation with Apple and are working on a new operating system, Android, in cooperation with Google, as a member of the Open Handset Alliance. The new web’n’walk is enabling us to push ahead with this strategy and introduce a new level of Internet quality to our other terminal devices and operating systems as well," explained Rainer Deutschmann, Senior Vice President Mobile Internet, T-Mobile International AG. "We invite the industry to support the development and spread of this open, standards-based platform for the benefit of users and application developers."

Large selection of widgets

The web’n’walk widgets can be quickly and easily set up according to personal preferences for mobile surfing. In order to enable this, T-Mobile is providing a gallery, initially with approximately 40 widgets for popular websites. It will soon be possible for other users and providers to create additional widgets via an open platform. These widgets will then be available to all web’n’walk widget users, regardless of which handset they use.

As was already possible with the Apple iPhone, T-Mobile customers can now put their preferred widgets on their mobile phone display with just a few clicks using web’n’walk. This provides them with an overview of their favorite services at all times upon request and enables them to access these services quickly. The familiar, personalizable web’n’walk homepage with the intelligent Yahoo! oneSearch function continues to be available for additional Internet use. The search is tailored to the specific requirements of mobile users and can also be set up as a widget.

The web’n’walk widgets thus complement the browser-based web’n’walk homepage, which T-Mobile updates on a continual basis. T-Mobile plans to launch the web’n’walk widgets by the end of the year, initially for touch-screen smartphones such as the MDA compact IV and MDA Vario IV.

The press release is almost a perfect example on how to say a lot without revealing much of substance. but the points are covered and you can expect this to have 40 widgets at first and to bring more UI and UX Widgetization to your mobile all thanks to Opera and T-Mobile. in the end that is not a bad thing. so be it.

T-Mobile introduces widgets in next-generation mobile Web experience via Opera

LG KC910, the viewty successor gets finally named LG Renoir

September 22nd, 2008

The Samsung Omnia competitor and viewty successor from LG now officially called LG Renoir (previously KC910) has been captured live by BoyGeniusReport and there is a shot showing the Widgetized Mobile desktop. in the LG Renoir is more akin to a emulation of the Mac Dashboard, instead of the Vista Sidebar like approach of the Samsung Omnia. i think the Vista Sidebar is the best implemantion (after all it got followed by Yahoo Widget Engine and Google Desktop) . so seeing this implementation is disappointing. the phone itself counts with some INSANE specs but it stopped in its tracks by having a custom LG OS that is not anywhere close to pack the power in terms of  software wealth and possible software scenarios the omnia has by shipping with Windows Mobile 6.1. however it is important to remember that the what gave the omnia its punch was the combination of its TouchWIZ UI with Windows Mobile 6.1, so it is a possibility that LG may release a WM version of the LG Renoir later on. that would be interesting to see.

After all. The Omnia was response to LG original viewty (that was a spinoff of the prada). it makes me think what kind of insane phone the Omnia 2 or whatever gets to be the Samsung Omnia Successor could get to be (WM7, TW2?). but sticking to the widget factor in this phone. it is seriously lacking and not anywhere as polished as it is the Samsung TouchWIZ completely Widgetized UI and UX.

Live Images of LG Renoir, the Viewty successor, emerge

LG-KC910, the successor to the viewty comes with 8mp camera,3g and a Widgetized desktop?

September 5th, 2008

I guess it is quite official now. smartphones from korea will carry widgetized desktops (home/start page). because in the official pictures for the LG-KC910 now heralded as the successor to the Viewty (that was derived from the Prada phone) you can see exactly just that.

it is a interesting call in terms that samsung and LG have found that the widgetization of the UI and UX in mobiles is a good thing. i do think it is a good thing to do because it makes them instantly usable and intuitive to learn. now i just wonder if the other korea companies like skyzen, zendo ad benQ will follow the trend of their two market leaders making this the default experience in touch screen smartphone to come from korea. i will try to look for phones of those companies in order to confirm it. if this phone manages to get a well reception just like the Omnia did. will the not korean phone companies copy the trend?.

LG to Unveil Viewty’s 8 megapixel Successor via Korea Newswire


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