One of the key differentiators of Windows Phone has been its real-time updating “Live Tiles” and “Live Apps” on the home screen (lock screen). Inspired by the patented feature, a visual and user interface designer Max Rudberg has made an elegant and seemingly effective concept video showing how the iOS app icons on home screen can be resized and made more engaging.
The concept video demonstrates how an iOS app icon can be resized from 1×1 to 2×2 or 4×2, and accommodates widget like functionality to provide its core features. For instance, long press of Settings icon will provide you an option to resize the icon. As soon as you click the corner, an elongated area (created within app icon) will bring available options (android like widget) – a brightness slider, and quick toggles for WiFi, Bluetooth, Personal Hotspot and Do Not Disturb.
The revolutionary feature, if developed, can turn out to be most useful for Phone, Messages or Mail app. Instead of a red badge, you’d be able to see the messages, call history or emails directly on the home screen. It will essentially make the home screen more engaging. Max told that the expanded icons can be moved around like regular iOS app icons but the expanded icon cannot be placed in the dock.
The demo video has earned a lot of positive comments because of the wonderful functionality and convenience that it brings to add live info into the app icon. Whether this would work in practice is unknown but it sure looks like something that every user could benefit from. What do you think? Any opinion?