Microsoft designs the T-Mobile Shadow home UI

T-Mobile ShadowThere was a lot of talk last week about the T-Mobile Shadow (a.k.a. HTC Juno) user interface, some couldn’t believe it was still Windows Mobile. The Shadow sports a new homescreen codenamed “Neo” designed by Microsoft in collaboration with HTC and T-Mobile to make the mobile user-experience friendlier. The group at Microsoft responsible for the design is the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Beijing China. It’s a little known fact they also worked on the user interface for the Microsoft Surface.

Whilst most of the news coverage and reviews about the Shadow talk a lot about the new interface, there are some less-than-desirable pictures of the interface itself. Which is why I went straight to the source to get some high-resolution screenshots and concept images of the “Neo” interface. They look so much better than the photos.

T-Mobile Shadow interface concept

T-Mobile Shadow interface concept

T-Mobile Shadow interface concept

T-Mobile Shadow interface icons

T-Mobile Shadow interface tones

Now only if they paid as much attention to every Windows Mobile phone instead of just this one. But one step forward is better than not moving at all. I have high hopes for Windows Mobile 7.

23 insightful thoughts

  1. Does anyone know what happened to “Photon”? (I think the codename for WinMo 7.) I remember reading about a preview that some blogs (like engadget) got back in 2005 and they were totally wowed by the UI. Going so far as to claim that Ms “totally gets” mobile. Since then…not a word.

  2. Wow, so finally they can create a consistant user interface design with good looking and easy to understand icons. Well done. Just that digital clock should get a better font. On my Nokia phone, such a clock is sometimes difficult to read.

  3. Too splashy and graphicky for my tastes. I’d like to see something more basic and clean that won’t look ghetto after 2 years.

  4. “Now only if they paid as much attention to every Windows Mobile phone instead of just this one. But one step forward is better than not moving at all.”

    Those phone manufacturers don’t want to pay Microsoft the money to get that specialist Microsoft attention.

    Microsoft doesn’t realise that its Windows Mobile phones shouldn’t all just be lookalikes. (=> it should put that attention to every new model, and charge for it)

  5. To jest wspaniały interface, gratulacje i podziękowania dla twórców – wprowadźcie go do produkcji, naprawdę warto. A czy Microsoft zastanawia sie na d wypuszczeniem na rynek !!! ZUNEPHONE !!!- ja bym chętnie taki kupił.
    I wont buy ZUNEPHONE:)

  6. “It’s a little known fact they also worked on the user interface for the Microsoft Surface.”

    This is *not* a fact. User interface work on the Surface project has been owned and driven by a core team in Redmond.

  7. How do we obtain this new interface? Ive been fairly happy with the current interface but now i”m really looking forward to this upgrade.

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