HTC Hero!!

July 13, 2009 at 7:40 am | Posted in interaction design | Leave a comment
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HTC launched their new phone HTC Hero. The most interesting part what i feel here is a vision to look at personalized device where user can personlize their applications & menu according to their need. Hero has an interface which allows user to add, group, organize & delete application according to their need. Also, which i am always looking forward is location aware system which Hero has looked forward to. Hero changes it weather, clock/time etc. according to the location you are in. During the launch they mentioned a new way of looking multi touch, specially for the website viewing, but unfortunately i did not understand what they meant. But really a nice effort.

what is mobile phone called in different countries?

May 7, 2009 at 6:19 pm | Posted in interaction design | 29 Comments
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Currently there is an interesting discussion going on IXDA mailing list about different names of “mobile phones” in different countries. There are some interesting name we have come across, which is worth to share.

  • USA: Cellphone or cell, texting.
  • China: “Handy phone” (?)
  • Iran: mobile. (landlines are called “telephone”).
  • Spain: “teléfono móvil” or “móvil”.
  • Denmark: mobile phone.
  • UK: mobile or mobile phone.
  • Philipines: cellphone.
  • New Zealand: “mobile” (but cellphone is also used).
  • India: mobile. Telephone or landline for a landline.
  • Korea: “handphone”
  • Japan: keita.
  • Dutch (Netherlands): mobiele telefoon.
  • Dutch (Belgium): GSM.
  • France: “téléphone portable” or “portable” but since “portable” is used for laptop too some people call them “mobile”.
  • Germany: handy http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handy
  • Indonesia, they call it hand phone or simply abbreviated as “hp” pronounced “ha-pe”. “*Ha*” as if in *ha*m and “*pe*” as if in*Pe*psi. In terms of texting, they use “SMS”.
  • Turkey: “pocket phone” (“cep telefonu”)?
  • Cuba: cellular, or cell or il celular or movil
  • Argentina: movil, celular
  • Brazil: telefone celular or celular
  • Turkey: “cep telefonu” meaning “pocket phone”
  • Italy: cellulare or telefono celulare
  • Israel: Pelefon translates “wonder phone”
  • Costa Rica: “celular”

Any inputs guys??

non literate users

June 4, 2008 at 5:36 am | Posted in creative, interface design | Leave a comment
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Just came across Nokia research center web page and was reading an article about non literate user’s use of a mobile phone. Research was done specially in India, China, Brazil and some other countries targeting non literate users. Though the article is very long, so i can not put all information here, but some points which i found interesting, i am trying to elaborate it.

This article shows some improvement suggestions. What they say is,

A simple mobile phone with a minimal feature set is the short answer. In practice, this means supporting incoming and outgoing calls with a call log adapted for use as an address book. ”  Now fortunately i worked once on a project related to non literate users in mobile phone context only during my internship. Studies were done in some villages of Gujarat, India. What my little research findings say is, they are also interested in other features like listening to songs, taking pictures, playing games etc.  Though not everyone uses it, but i have found some non literate people learning specific feature from friends/relatives and they perform that task very well. For example, i found a guy (around 16 year old) who studied till 4th standard (though he can be considered as semi literate), knew how to choose songs and play it. He learned from his friend.

Now coming back to the point, can not we make a new design which may have some features mentioned above, which non literate people also use? Why do we need to go for a phone with minimal feature?? In this article they have mentioned about audio feedback and spoken menus, which indeed would be nice domain to explore. Can not we make a mobile phone fully voice based?? Just a thought though, imagining a phone without a screen, but totally operated by numerical keypad and audio feedback?? what say?? 🙂

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