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Sharp, Frog Design partner on new smartphone UI

20 Jun 2012

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Sharp Corp. and Frog Design Inc. have teamed up in developing Feel UX, a new user interface for smartphones. The companies said the user interface will be gradually adopted for Sharp's new line of smartphones, beginning with models introduced in the summer of this year.

According to the companies, Feel UX features a beautiful design with simple icons and layout. It was developed with the aim of providing intuitive operability to both first-time and experienced users of smartphones.

The wallpaper for the lock screen—dubbed the Welcome Sheet in this interface—can be selected from up to five different types of images, including photos of travel scenes or family members. The main shortcut icons and current information are laid out so that they do not overlap the wallpaper. Users can launch the phone, e-mail, or camera functions; check received e-mails and missed calls; or get real-time updates on weather or stock prices—all while enjoying a photo-library experience with the wallpaper, described the companies.

The 3-Line Home Screen allows users to organize information on three different screens: an Application Sheet, which displays application icons in a grid layout; a Widget Sheet featuring a user's favorite widgets; and a Shortcut Sheet that provides short-cuts to popular functions. Users can switch between these three screens and quickly access the information or application they seek.

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