Thursday, 25 April 2013

Top 20 iPhone Application User Interface Designs

Five years have passed since Steve Jobs stood on a stage in Mountain View and said, "One last thing...", and those five years have been fast and furious. Over half a million apps have now been uploaded to Apple's App Store, not to mention the huge numbers of Android and Windows Phone apps that have been made available - but design-wise few of them can truly be considered beautiful.

The last year, however, has seen some mobile applications pop up with amazing-looking user interfaces that offer fantastic user experience. To encourage this trend, some friends and I have created a community, Meerli, to enable exceptional mobile designers to connect and share their work. Here are 20 designs we've found that we think can inspire you and bring mobile design into a new era.

iPhone Application UI Designs

·        Istid

·        I Love Moscow

·        Blackbook - Contacts List

·        HQ 2.0

·        Weat

·        Clear

·        Wthr

·        Prismatic

·        Camera Genius

·        Air Dictate

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Friday, 19 April 2013

Mobile Website Designing: Platform By Platform

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The mobile landscape is a complex and sometimes confusing place to be. Here we'll take look at the most popular platforms, operating systems and app stores and offers some quick and easy tips to making the most out of the opportunities they offer.

Around 1.2 billion phones were sold last year, 174 million of which were smartphones. Symbian devices count for nearly 47 per cent of this market (with Nokia making up the majority of this figure), but they're losing market share to both Apple and Research in Motion (RIM), the company behind Blackberry, which now have 14.4 per cent and 19.9 per cent respectively.

The fastest growing markets last year were Apple and Android, which grew by 6.2 per cent and 3.5 per cent respectively.

Smartphones enable consumers to download apps, and now there are app stores everywhere, courtesy of device manufacturers (eg Nokia's Ovi Store); OS developers (Android Market Place; Windows Marketplace for Mobile); operators (Vodafone's 360 Store; Orange's Application Shop) and Independents (GetJar; Handango). All are competing fiercely for eyeballs, clicks and sales.

At the moment, the Apple App Store is the undisputed champion; in January, it announced that three billion apps had been downloaded over the last 18 months. Others are catching up, though, with Nokia now proclaiming that it has broken the 1.5million app sales per day mark as of March.

The UK mobile scene According to the AdMob report on smartphone usage trends for January, 75 per cent of requests came from a combination of the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. The next most popular were Nokia and HTC on 4.8 per cent and 4.7 per cent respectively.

With Apple firmly set with the top two handset models, it's left to HTC's Hero and Dream and Nokia's N95 to complete the top five UK smartphone handsets….Read more.

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Thursday, 11 April 2013

Google Unveils Redesigned Play Store Android App

Remember that hefty leak from a few weeks back that pointed to a dramatic redesign for Google’s Play Store Android app? Well, in case you were still unconvinced, Google has confirmed that just such a facelift has been in the works, and that the new 4.0 version of the Play Store app will start rolling out to devices running Android 2.2 and newer some time today.

It would seem that Google’s big goal with this new redesign was to bring the Play Store in line with other prominent Android features — ever since its last major facelift, the Google Play Android app has been swathed in blacks and greys, with color highlights corresponding to different content types breaking up the visual monotony. At the time the shift in design made sense — Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich featured a colder, darker aesthetic than previous versions of Android and also relied on light blue UI flourishes. Services like Google Now and apps like Google Search have gone in a drastically divergent direction these past few months though, and the now the Play Store doesn’t look like the odd one out.

Much like what you’d see in Google Now, individual apps, songs, and books now live in discrete cards, and there’s a much greater focus on big, eye-catching images. Those dreary colors have been given the axe too in favor of a much lighter design that helps make that entire content stand out even more....Read more.

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Monday, 8 April 2013

Apple iOS 7 Release Date May Coincide With iPhone 5S, iPad 5

Apple iOS 7 Release Date May Coincide with iPhone 5S, iPad 5; Features Said to Include Completely Redesigned Visuals

Apple promises to release a new version of iOS each year, so with iOS 7 expected to be released sometime in 2013, users are wondering when they can expect the latest mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Many expect Apple to follow its same iOS release pattern from the last few years and reveal iOS 7 at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, but Daring Fireball’s John Gruber said iOS 7 is “running behind” schedule, which means the new mobile software may not be ready for its purported reveal date in June.

“What I've heard: iOS 7 is running behind, and engineers have been pulled from OS X 10.9 to work on it,” Gruber said in a Branch chat with several Apple reporters on Tuesday. “Let me know if you’ve heard this song before.”

Of course, Gruber is referring to 2007, when Apple had to “borrow some key software engineering” resources from its Mac OS X team to work on iPhone software. FOX anchor Clayton Morris also said he'd heard "from engineers who've been moved off of their current 'non-profit generating projects' in order to work on the high priority software projects."...Read more.

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Thursday, 4 April 2013

Google Translate App on Android, Offline Language Packages

Ever found yourself in a situation where you needed to translate something urgently, but didn’t have a data connection to use your translation app? Google has now ensured that you never have to face such a situation, by introducing an offline language package in the latest update of its Google Translate app for Android.

Google Translate which was released for Android back in June 2012 now supports offline translations for up to 50 languages. You can download the language packages you need by selecting ‘Offline Languages’ in the app menu and once downloaded, can enable offline translation between any two languages selecting them both in the offline languages menu. In addition to this, if you click pictures of vertical text in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language using your phone’s camera, the app will be able to translate that text too.

These features are a boon to people who are always on the move and are not guaranteed a data connection or a Wi-Fi hotspot everywhere they go. It is also good to see Google supporting Android (2.3) Gingerbread, which though outdated, still has the most number of users in the Android world.…Read more.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Blackberry 10 'leaked roadmap' indicates tablet, other BB10 devices coming this year

Photos of some slides from a presentation that purportedly talks about BlackBerry's product roadmap have appeared on Twitter, courtesy of @BB10Leaks. While it's difficult to verify the authenticity of the pictures, the slides display product names from BlackBerry's new BlackBerry 10 line-up and some 'upcoming' products along with their time-lines by quarter.

The picture of the slide shows the full touch Z10 and QWERTY keyboard device, Q10 in the first quarter. It also features a tablet with the name 'B10' which the company might introduce in Q3, and a large screen device, most probably a phablet, the U10, towards the end of Q4. It also indicates the presence of a large QWERTY device, the R10 which would debut in Q2 2014. 

It's interesting to note that a recent report had indicated that US carrier Sprint which had chosen to skip the BlackBerry Z10, would launch a full touch device that would be the successor to the Z10 in the second half of the year. That device might turn out to be the U10. However, the company's executives including CEO Thorsten Heins, have said time and again that it's not focusing on tablets. So we're not sure if the next device after the Q10 would be a tablet….Read more.