Microsoft has begun the process of updating Hotmail’s user interface with some users already onboard with the new design.
Aside from the new look which includes both a full and a classic interface, the contacts feature has been updated and there is now integration with Live’s Calendar beta.
If you have a Hotmail account and still the old interface, some users would consider you lucky with some finding the new interface more difficult to use. Of course, it could also just be that some users are having trouble with the change.
For more info about what’s new check out this page.
[Via Download Squad]
The upcoming BlackBerry Bold smartphone has been getting lots of attention and since BGR has had one for a few weeks now they’ve reviewed it and now posted a video of the Bold in action so you can see what it’s like.
It’s interesting looking at some of the comments by people who have seen the video…for a handset that has had so much buzz, a fair number of people are turned off seeing it in action.
Check out the video for yourself here.
The Palm OS user interface…pretty straight forward but more or less the same since around the beginning of time (for Palm, anyway).
User interface designer Matias Duarte, the man behind the look and feel of both Sidekick and Helio devices, left Helio late last year along with his design team and headed for Palm where they have been working on the user interface for Palm’s next OS.
The next Palm OS isn’t expected until early 2009 and that’s not a whole lot of time for Duarte and team to make things ready to compete against the likes of the iPhone, BlackBerry, HTC TouchFLO and Google Android interfaces not to mention the hardware that runs them.
Maybe the best way to compete with players like those is no to–stick to the lower-end of the market and make touchscreen handsets that target $199 or less but still offer some of the features the higher-end devices have. In other words, stick with Centro’s but throw in a new form factor, new look and new feature or two.
We’ll see, I guess.
Google has made a few tweaks to it’s upcoming Android mobile phone operating system and at AllThingsD they showed it off running on what some believed was a prototype of the “Dream” touchscreen phone by HTC.
The Android user interface looks a bit more iPhone-like (which isn’t a bad thing) and features a couple of new things like multiple home screens and an always visible tray/dock that will hold shortcuts to commonly used applications.
To see the updated Android OS in action check out these videos:
The VUDU set-top box is set to be receiving a user interface update next week that should make finding movies and TV shows easier.
Also coming is the ability to see the completion percentage of downloads and to view how much bandwidth your VUDU is using.
The ability to see how far along a download is…I don’t have a VUDU so I’ve got to ask–could you really not tell how far along a download is before this update?
Better late than never, I guess.
The familiar looking Meizu M8 MiniOne has apparently received a user interface update, making it look a bit less like a complete rip-off of the Apple iPhone.
Sure, the interface is still similar, but its looking more like it was inspired by the iPhone interface than being nearly an exact copy.
For a gallery of images from the updated UI check out this post at Gizmodo.