The dramatically different honeycomb interface for the upcoming version of Windows Mobile has been updated based on user feedback. Its removal was, in fact, one of the biggest changes announced at the recent MIX09 conference. Although the layout itself is the same and the icons are in the same place, they’re bigger now than they were before. But the most notable difference is that the hexagonal outline around the icons is now gone.
I thought the hex grid gave the phone some character, but according to Product Manager Loke Uei, the users who tested this layout complained it wasn’t “finger friendly” enough. Another change involves flick scrolling – it now stops at page breaks instead of scrolling all the way to the bottom of the list. The lock screen was also updated to include alerts and notification. Finally, some behind-the-scenes updates made the OS more touch responsive.
Also revealed during the keynote were additional more details about the Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Each Windows Mobile 6.5 phone will offer one Marketplace app with the purchase. Already there are over 20,000 apps available for download.
You can learn more about widgets and see some examples on the Windows Mobile Developers blog.
Here’s one example, a weather widget:
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