Some time in 2010 I’ve published my insight on the mobile home screens for four platforms: iOS, Android, Winphone and Symbian. Today I’ve noticed it got more than 35K views:)
What changed since that time? IMHO Winphone home page is the best. Because it allows to deliver multiple locuses of attention, with contextual information within. But as soon as you go off the home screen, everything else is poor there. iOS and Android remained lists of dumb icons. No context, no info at all. The maximum possible is small marker about the number of calls of text messages. And Symbian had died. RIP Symbian.
Vendors must improve the UX. Take informativeness of Winphone home screen, add aesthetics of iOS graphics, add openness & flexibility of Android (read Android First) and finally produce useful hand-sized gadget.
Winphone’s home screen provides multiple locuses of attention, as small containers of information. They are mainly of three sizes. The smallest box has enough room to deliver much more context information than number of unread text messages. By rendering the image within the box we can achieve the kind of Flipboard interaction. You decide from the image whether you interested in that or not. It is second question how efficiently the box room is used. My conclusion that it is used inefficiently. There are still number of missed calls or texts with much room left unused:( I don’t know why the concept of the small contexts has been left underutilized, but I hope it will improve in the future. Furthermore, it could improve on Android for example. Android ecosystem has great potential for creativity.
May be I visualize this when get some spare time… Keep in touch here or Slideshare.