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PHOTOVIEW: T-Mobile Shadow Home Screen User Interface [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 31.10.07 - 17:48:46 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 22776x
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Courtesy of Microsoft, I've just received a couple of screenshots from T-Mobile's recently announced T-Mobile Shadow Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone. These screenshots shows T-Mobile's new Home screen interface which T-Mobile calls an "enhanced user-interface". And if you follow the photos bellow, it looks like this is the 3rd edition of a new kind of Windows Mobile Standard Home screen, we've seen first as the Samsung Carousel and after as the Vodafone TPP user interface. Like the Samsung Carousel and the Vodafone TPP, this Home screen replaces the typical Windows Mobile Standard Home screen layout by adding a kind of (in this case T-Mobile) customized layout on top:

Please note, the screenshots above shows the new T-Mobile Shadow Home screen UI in landscape but the Shadow isn't landscape but portrait.
Looks good, even if the layout takes away the "on the glance" overview of your upcoming events, missed calls and received messages, I'm definitely a big fan of the new and enhanced Home screen interfaces.
However, I'm not yet sure who has developed this UI: Microsoft, HTC or T-Mobile?

UPDATE: Just in time to my previous question of who developed the new Home screen, Microsoft just gave the answer - it was Microsoft itself, based on specs by T-Mobile - as

Normally when Windows Mobile creates a release, we release it out to OEMs who then do their own customizations. With this release, however, Microsoft worked with the OEM to create an experience that catered to what T-Mobile wanted. The OEM, HTC, had their talented industrial design team working on the hardware form-factor and wheel. Microsoft wrote the homescreen and worked out an interface for the myFaves information to bubble up for the user to see.
We worked with T-Mobile to finalize the user interaction as per their requirements.
Finally, we presented various asset and color combinations to T-Mobile to finalize the look and feel. Li, our PM, spent many nights up with HTC and T-Mobile to match software colors with hardware, and now the Shadow comes in two hardware colors that match the UI.

Cheers ~ Arne


 

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