New Symbian^4 concept screenshots surface up
Three Symbian^4 UI mockups found their way to the surface. As compared to previous leaks, now there are semi-transparent menu overlays and richer variety of sample homescreen widget. But the pictures show only a small part, the Concept Proposal document offers a lot more suggestions though.
We already showed you what the upcoming editions of Symbian OS will look like - at least the video player and gallery part. Back then we were promised simplified UI, 3x boost on the performance and multi-touch gestures support.
The new shots today bring only subtle changes to the table. The semi-transparent menu bar overlay is the most notable change we can see. Next are the nicely designed clock and to-do widgets, and that's all you can conclude from these new images.
The User Interface Concept Proposal found alongside the UI design mockups include renewed layouts, non-standard shaped homescreen widgets with free movement and placement, improved task-switcher, redesigned Settings and Power menus.
The renewed layouts concerns the titlebar region, which may contain three interactive elements - universal signal and battery indicators, app title menu with drop-down element for more options and a back button. The titlebar and the bottom menu bar can be set to auto-hide on a predefined interval.
The Symbian^2 and ^3 are expected in Q1 and Q4 this year, while the Symbian^4 shown here is scheduled for the early 2011.