Maemo 6 UI concept – Widgets Gallery
Once every few days devel and testing catalogues give me a piece of software I want to have or at least I want to see how does it look like. This time I’ve encountered a neat surprise, concept of UI for Maemo 6 in Widgets Gallery application.
First view gives quite good idea of what will Maemo 6 look like. Statusbar on top is organised in the way we got used to, with homescreen icon on the left, close/back button on the right and drop-down menu in the middle. If to belive in this concept, new UI will support landscape and portrait mode in every phone orientation (even upside-down). Widgets seem clean and fairly easy to use on touch screen. Changing orientation keeps approximately the same size and order of UI elements, operating with fingers is easy and it’s possible to freely use one hand in portrait mode.
If we look into the backend of Widgets Gallery, we will see that it’s based on libdui, Harmattan UI framework built on top of Qt 4.6, which has been recently released to open source. Library looks quite mature and gives all of elements theoretically needed by any application and may be good base for upcoming Nokia mobile devices.
As a concept the Widgets Gallery still has some glitches which you can find if playing with it for too long, but shows consistent way to take advantage of Qt framework and all of its features.