Concept : App list and Notification Centre (Surface Phone N)
Just to let you know, this is not my creation. It was created by a Chinese designer called KuanGaa Chen.
The youtube link is at the bottom of the post. I don't want to discuss how good (or very impracticable) the phone is, what I am highlighting is the notification screen and the app list.
The phone itself seems to be running Windows 7.5, but lets skip over that for now and the pictures are Youtube link screen grabs, so be warned, they are not the highest quality pictures!
Access from swiping from the home screen, pulling down from any screen, from holding the back button. I don't really care how it it accessed, so long as it is there in one way or another.
This shows the current music playing, the current weather, wifi/bluetooth etc toggles and recent contacts from phone/mail/text messages.
It's clean, in one place and it well put together, not too much info but still adheres to the Metro design standard. Make it...Make it now...and give it to me!!!
While there is nothing wrong with the current app list, but this allows the apps to be grouped very easily, and to be collapsed/expanded as the customer sees fit. I'm not sure if this would override the current jump list menu that we have, or supplement it, or a combination of the two.
Either way, I like it and in one way or another it would help improve finding apps as some have obscure names and only used once in a while, and can be hard(ish) to find.
For example, I had a football app, so naturally I used my current jump list to go to the letter F, but seeing as it wasn't named "Football App" or something to that effect (it was named "Tile LiveScore", therefore it was under the letter T) it took me a while to remember what it was called and where it was on my jump list. Having folders can make it that little bit easier to find apps that are used infrequently.
The folder jump list is easy to customise and easy to navigate, allowing any number of folders to be created and modified.
Like I said, I'm not trying to discuss the possibilities of holographic projection or 4K screens on a phone, I just wanted to discuss the Information centre and App list functionality, to see what you guys thought of it.
Just adding in two photos of the Information centre that I tried to manipulate with my very limited photoshop skills...lol