Pre-alpha MeeGo for tablets demo

Published by Rafe Blandford at 15:37 UTC, June 21st 2010

New on YouTube is a video demo showcasing the upcoming MeeGo for Tablet User Experience (UI). This was first seen at the recent Computex trade show running on a Quanta Redvale tablet and a number of other devices. The video includes an explanation of the multi-column homescreen, a quick look at the Photo and Music applications, a demo of HD video playback and a quick demo of Intel's AppUp app store. In addition to embedding the video in the full story we have also broken this video down in detail to offer you some insight into the MeeGo 1.1 tablet user interface. Read on for further details. 

Pre-alpha MeeGo for tablets demo

This video likely comes from an Intel or MeeGo representative. It was uploaded to the meegodemo channel on YouTube. It is not clear which device it is running on, but it is likely to be one of those seen at Computex or a generic reference design.

The video shows a pre-alpha version of MeeGo 1.1 for Tablets (MeeGo tablet user experience).  This is one of a number of MeeGo user experiences (user interfaces) that will be available. Other include MeeGo Netbook UX, MeeGo IVI UX (in-vehicle-infotainment) and MeeGo Handset UX.

There's a comment on the YouTube version of this video which is worth highlighting:

Note that this is a pre-alpha version of MeeGo. Not all features may be? implemented as shown in final product. Also note that you can see some issues in this video that point to the pre-alpha nature of this build.

Video notification via SlashGear and HDBlog.

Breaking down the video

This first image show the default lock screen. You can see that basic status information is being displayed (e.g. new messages and upcoming appointments in the bottom left). To unlock the device you slide the central panel upwards.

MeeGo Tablet UI

The 'homescreen' of MeeGo for Tablets is made up of a series of scrollable columns, in the video this is described as 'rich dynamic interface'. Each of the columns is independently scrollable (vertically) and you can scroll across (horizontally) to view other columns.

Some of these columns use dynamically generated information. For example, as you view web pages, photos and videos thumbnails are created. These are then shown in columns in the homescreen, effectively giving you at-a-glance display of recent activity.

MeeGo Tablet UI

Information for columns can also be pulled from the web. For example, the 'Friends' column (below) shows an aggregated stream of updates from social networks (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LastFM and Flickr). This integration of social networking information is one of the key themes running across all MeeGo implementations.

MeeGo Tablet UI

The 'My Slate' column shows status information about the device you are using and a list of recently opened applications. It can also be used to access and configure the device's key settings.

In the example below you can see that an external USB device has been connected to the tablet and recently used applications include AppUp, Browser, Photos, Ebook Reader and Clock.

MeeGo Tablet UI

The image below shows another example of content columns - music and books in this case. The columns can be customised by the user and added and removed at will. It is likely that third party developers will off their own columns to more fully fit into the complete MeeGo tablet user experience.

The key idea behind the homescreen is to give a highly personalised, dynamic and relevant user interface to the user. 

MeeGo Tablet UI

MeeGo also includes a 'Simple UI Mode', which can be used for launching applications. It uses the familiar grid layout UI pattern (similar to most mobile devices on the market today). 'Simple Mode' is accessed from column mode by tapping the nine dotted icon (right hand edge, in the middle).

In the image below there's a dock-able 'task bar' running along the bottom of the screen, which shows currently running applications and makes multi-tasking easier to use. Applications can be closed from the task bar or from within the application itself.

MeeGo Tablet UI

Here's an image showing the music application.

MeeGo Tablet UI

The Photos application is used for viewing images stored on the device. It includes support multi-touch to manipulate images (zooming, rotation etc). The Photos application includes an index view (grids of thumbnails) and an individual view (shown below). From the Photos application it is possible to edit and share images (see menu top right).

MeeGo Tablet UI

The Videos application is used for browsing and playing back video stored on the device. The video demo included playback of HD resolution video (Avatar). 

MeeGo Tablet UI

There are already a number of applications available for MeeGo for Tablet UX (most of these are likely from MeeGo for Netbook UX).

Those shown in the image below include: Music, Photos, Browser, Videos, AppUp, Google Docs, YouTube, FingerPaint, EBooks, Email, Calendar, Instant Messaging, Cronk, Compass, Twitter, Calibre, Google Earth, AccuWeather, Terminal, Skype, Google Maps, Settings and Facebook.

MeeGo Tablet UI

Intel's AppUp app store, shown below, will be one way you can add application a MeeGo powered tablet. Some manufacturers will reband the AppUp store or have their own store system (e.g. Nokia's Ovi Store).

MeeGo Tablet UI

Finger Paint, shown below, is a good example of what multi-touch support can do. In this case there's five way multi-touch being using an input mechanism for finer painting.

MeeGo Tablet UI

That concludes the run through of the video. We'll keep you up to date with MeeGo tablet news as it happens.

The first release / SDK for MeeGo for Tablets is expected later this summer. The formal MeeGo 1.1 release is scheduled for October. The first MeeGo based tablets are likely to be on the market late this year or early next year.

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