Alternate UI possibilities

asked 2014-04-03 19:11:32 +0300

updated 2014-07-12 14:45:17 +0300

Considering that the current UI of the Jolla device is closed source (at this moment), would you as community consider supporting alternate UI efforts for your Jolla device?

I am asking this because I and many other are currently developing a UI, not just for Jolla but as an alternate OS for N9. The UI is called Glacier and you can find the components and source code repositories from here and here.

Currently the components effort is quite immature but that did not prevent the development of the homescreen for example. One can help the Glacier effort by either developing for it or just seeding the images we release from time to time (no images for the Jolla device). We also need graphic designers and documentation help as well.

Our headquarters are currently located at FreeNode IRC, channel #nemomobile, come and say hello :)

EDIT: thanks @sledges

screenshots/casts: video of glacier in action: description: (and the rest of the grog blog) Alternative to Glacier:

Early stages of (handle with extreme care that is :)

EDIT 12.7.2014:

The version 0.12 is now available on OpenRepos for you to test, be sure to activate developer mode as usb mode before attempting to do this. Here are the packages.

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It would be helpful to see screenshots and a description of the concept.

jgr ( 2014-04-04 02:19:52 +0300 )edit


description: (and the rest of the grog blog)

sledges ( 2014-04-04 02:54:10 +0300 )edit

I do not need another too often unusable UI!

"It’s a primarily high-contrast UI with light, airy text on dark backgrounds, borrowing heavily from contemporary design paradigms": Just that the mainstream does it all the same, does not mean it is the best. We need a black on white (ar at least dark on light) version for best readability, see article "Neuronal nonlinearity explains greater visual spatial resolution for darks than lights" published in the "Proceedings of National Academy of Science of the USA".

See the many complaints on readability (partly tagged with this term).

jgr ( 2014-04-04 12:34:53 +0300 )edit

The background is now pitch black (looks best on N9's AMOLED too), that grog blog post dates Feb '13, and since then people have been working to improve this UX.

sledges ( 2014-04-04 12:46:38 +0300 )edit

@sledges: We need a light (white) background! (At least as an option.)

jgr ( 2014-04-04 12:50:33 +0300 )edit