A new great article went live on the Adobe Developer Connection website: Designing for the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook. In this article Paul Trani describes some fundamental design strategies you need to know while developing AIR applications for the RIM tablet.
Designing mobile content for the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook offers many new opportunities to engage audiences in exciting new ways. [...] BlackBerry smartphones hold 17.5 percent of the global smartphone market share, so your target audience could be quite large. [...] you can easily create business and productivity applications. You can also choose to extend the core components and design a rich, immersive experience from the ground up.
Read the whole article here.
We recently did some intensive testing on Android Face Detection capabilities investigating various solutions. Francesco Florio (Small Screen Design) wrote a very interesting article about our findings and the features and issues related to Android face detection, in order to create a Demo application that allows realtime human face tracking. You can read the full post here.
This is just the first part of the whole content, so, stay tuned!
(via UXMag) - The video below was put together by Lyle Alzaldo and some of his friends. It's an animated tribute to UX design for a pick-me-up. Enjoy!
Along with our regular updates of the Android platform, we like to build example applications that showcase best practices for UI features and behavior patterns, to help our 3rd party developers create even richer applications.
For example, the Twitter for Android application that we worked with Twitter to design gives you, the 3rd party developer, a working example of how you can customize and build an application that’s both fun and highly functional. This blog post is meant to showcase these patterns along with some recommended implementations as you start to develop your applications around them.
Read the full post here.
As mobile devices, platforms, and app stores proliferate, it's more important than ever to have the latest device information at your fingertips. Adobe Fireworks CS5 is integrated with Adobe Device Central CS5, enabling you to leverage handset data and work more productively from inception to final launch of your mobile project.
On the Adobe DevNet was recently published an interesting article (from Liz Myers) about how to harness the power of Fireworks combined with Device Central in "mobile" common workflows: Mobile workflows using Fireworks CS5 and Device Central CS5. Enjoy!
(via Forum Nokia) - The visual style of a Web Runtime widget can make or break the success of the app. The Widget Design Tutorial guides designers through the visual styling of a Web Runtime widget using XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). The widget uses the COLOURlovers.com web API, and allows users to search for and view popular colours, palettes, and patterns.
he Hue widget described in this tutorial is specifically designed and optimised for the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic device but can be used with all S60 5th Edition Devices. You can download a copy of the widget from the Forum Nokia website.
(via UXmag) - Luke Wroblewski has posted some useful resources about touch gestures on his blog, a unique set of resources for software designers and developers working on touch-based user interfaces.
The first resource is a Touch Gesture Reference Guide. The second resource is a roundup of the multi-touch gestures and diagram styles used by a number of different design groups on a range of input devices, including Apple's multi-touch trackpad and Magic Mouse, Windows 7 for multi-touch, Wacom's Bamboo device, and others.