S60 Touch UI Framework
S60 Touch UI Framework
Lee then went on to show us a framework of how the new and upcoming S60 Touch UI will feel or look. Basically, the new UI will have four key elements:
- Efficient and Intuitive Touch UI with Tactile Feedback – When you touch the screen, you get feedback.
- Advanced Sensor Technologies – Tap screen to do something specific or flip phone over to execute an instruction. There is the example of moving water on-screen that orientates itself based on how you hold the mobile device.
- UI Accelerator Toolkit – Allows developers to rapidly create impressive graphical effects and new forms of interactions. You can have stuff like a music player with graphical equalizer represented in a 3D form, and the accelerator gives very low power utilization so you don’t run down your mobile device battery. You can personalize the way you access your music and you can view files in 3D shadow-effected, transparency-enabled visuals that make it a rich experience for users. Developers can create third-party apps like they would on a desktop PC for the mobile device.
- Desktop-like Web Video Experience with Flash Lite 3 integrated in the S60 system – Access YouTube video direct and online content. Basically you don’t have to do anything special to access Flash-based content on Web sites.
Lee also shared what the Series 60 team sees as the future of the platform. "We see people really using these products to really participate in and have access to their communities. It is much more than accessing the Internet through a Web browser, which isn’t as compelling. It is about having some form of presence on the Internet so that your friends and colleagues now know you’re available, via IM, to share images with and so on."
"There’s also the concept of the contextual Internet, where if you’re walking by a store, you can, with some level of awareness, get an update that tells you about a sale at the store as you’re walking by. We’re enabling these technologies in the software so developers can create these types of products."
"Lastly, peer-to-peer sharing is one of our major focuses. One of the difficulties most users encounter is the challenge with which they can share, transfer photos from their galleries in their mobile devices to friends, families, printers and store them on PCs. We’re going to a future where it is easier to access other users’ galleries. So your friends or families can literally add a relative into their contact books and behind the scenes, the software will configure a secure connection and as you or they add images into the phones, you will be able to see them, browse and copy them."
"So the S60 Touch UI is a new announcement highlighting our focus on tactile feedback, full language variation and support, sensor technologies and so forth, which are keys to realizing just how different we are versus the competition. Lastly, it is a desktop-like Web video experience that we’ve launched here today with the Flash Lite 3 support."
When asked whether the sensor technology is being developed in-house or commissioned to an external company, Lee said that as a software provider, the S60 team has created a sensor framework where the rest of the software is now sensitive to the hardware sensors that are available out there. So the S60 team creates the software portion and works closely with many of the sensor providers in the industry through partnership. One thing Lee pointed out though is that unlike motion-sensing technologies like those found on the Nintendo Wiimote, the motion sensing technology found within the new S60 framework is exposed and open to developers.
In terms of how the new UI requirements would change the relationships with device and chipset manufacturers, Lee said that the S60 team is intensifying relationships with existing partners like Texas Instruments, Freescale, Broadcom and so on. When asked, Lee reiterated that as devices with the new S60 Touch UI would appear in 2008, it would not be possible for older generations and models of S60 devices to utilize the new Touch UI.