The same approach is recognizable in the Windows Phone and the new Metro interface of Win8, even if they are not comparable with the Google products. Microsoft is rectangularizing the start pages, not the internal applications/menus, but I’m writng about style and about the explicit differentiation from Apple with its rounded and confusing buttons.
Even the new Nokia Lumia 800 is differentiating from iPhone 4s using strong angles like the Mango interface. Love it!
Following a little gallery of the new Microsoft design approach.
I’m not a designer, but I think to be an heavy and careful user of Internet.
I think that Google is trying to reach a good interaction of its products from the touchable web with HTML5. Doing this it’s accidentally playing with Microsoft that is developing a new OS that in one core (Win 8 ) is designing three coherent UIs thanks to Metro interface and Mango.
I really think that in the future we’ll have a lot of touchable monitor in laptops and desktops, in one hand for the the decreasing costs, in another for our new interaction patterns. If you touch your smartphone while you are travelling on the bus, why you shouldn’t touch your office monitor reading a presentation or a document?
Anyway, I think that we are really running towards a future of touchable interfaces distributed in consumer devices like pc, tablets, smarphones, and professional devices like totem, interactive tables and whiteboars.
I’m pretty sure even that when we’ll have the perfect touch interface, someone will remember about Kinect, the real killer application in the Microsoft’s portfolio. Take a tour in Channel9. Here hundreds of users are experimenting the power of the body control, while Microsoft relased new SDKs and in the next year even the commercial use of Kinect. Simply great!
I’d like to design an application that uses the natural movements for the classic web applications. I’ll post it here, so check it out!
Maybe because “touch surfaces want to be horizontal”?
More, in your example about Microsoft, I see many nice round buttons too!
Yes, you are right! 🙂 The circle buttons are really beautiful even because they are completely different from the Apple’s one. I still didn’t analize the functions connected to this form factor but ok, they are really numerous in the new Microsoft UI.
Anyway the horizontal scrolling is better than the vertical one for many reasons. Our eyes move better their focus in the left-right scroll, for this we created the books in that way abandoning the papyruses. Even our shoulders are facilitated in the horizontal scrolling, but today only Phone7 is using this UI for the functions scrolling. Why?I love my Mango, but I’d like more apps.