Nokia on Patterns of Human Interaction: Provide users with a more easily glanceable device
26 Sep 2011 - 11:00pm
Nokia’s design team led by Marko Ahtisaari has been working to simplify navigation model and provide users with a more easily glanceable device. Their solution, let the user access the last 3 recent apps by swiping right.
I disagree that Nokia has got a silver bullet with this solution, Windows Phone 7 shows recent apps on press & hold of back button which I feel is more intuitive than any of the other platforms but they didn’t make a big hue and cry about it because they had much important things to talk about that people care about more. Most applications don’t use swipe for navigating within applications, they use buttons and links, and to go back they use the back hard key, it’s more intuitive to map the recent apps to the back key than to a right swipe.