Matias Duarte’s “Mobile is Dead” Emphasizes Designing for PDIs

In a video interview with Josh Topolsky for The Verge, Matias Duarte, Head of Design at Android, and formerly of webOS fame, said, “Mobile is dead.” …Duarte’s point is that in an age in which users seamlessly transition from one screen size to another during their day, the idea that…

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Incoming Calls Shouldn’t Interrupt Video Recording on Smartphones

Possible interaction flows: Incoming call during video recording. With the headset and/or the watch connected, the phone may even optionally not show its notification so as not to occlude the recording. Alternatively, we might leave the banner there to keep the locus of users' attention on the phone while they interact with the notification.

iOS 5 & 6.1 and Android (to 4.1) interrupt users’ video recording when calls come in, where webOS v2.2.3 and Windows Phone 7.5 wait until users answer the call. UX lessons about prioritizing users, flexible multi-tasking, and better notifications.

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Amazon MP3s Now Buyable Via iOS: Grants +2 to Its “Your Music, Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device” Aura

Amazon strengthens the acquisition part of its “your music, any time, anywhere, any device” strategy by granting the ability to buy directly from their iOS device. Combined with their AutoRip-enabled CD purchases and multi-ecosystem Cloud Player, buying music through them may be the fastest way to buy music and have it available…everywhere–even with iTunes and iTunes Cloud–freeing users from the constraints of their gadget vendors’ ecosystems.

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User Experience of Ecosystems

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Ecosystems should be considered in terms of UX and actively designed as a whole to be user-focused. Our separate devices, software, services, data, and content should work together in personal digital infrastructure (PDI) enabling effortless access and seamless interoperability throughout it.

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