- 02-27-2013, 09:09 PM #1
Ok bear with me here, I don't have any images to show but this has literally just exploded into my head and I had to tell you guys and see what you think regardless
Windows Phone Notification Center Concept posted by isyraf.eiman
Windows Phone Notification Center Concept | The Verge Forums
and an image posted by corbey94 in the comment section of the above link
OK, so basically take these ideas but apply them to the whole OS. You know how some apps allow you to swipe down and show you the status bar and some don’t? Yeah scrap that entirely. Instead merge the status bar with the notification centre. Make it have the same animation that iOS does when double tapping the home button when as you drag down, the whole screen slides down slowly along with that bar with the arrow (heck there doesn't even need to be a separating bar really, or at least not as thick) and not just covers the screen as the iOS and Android notification shades do, i.e. the app you are currently in literally slides out of view instead of just being covered up. It's as if the OS screen itself is being dragged down out of view to uncover the Notification Centre hidden beneath.
I’m telling you it would fit perfectly. From any screen in the OS is you need to check your battery or other statuses, just take a quick "peek" and then go about your business.
Personally I think it’s brilliant. I’ll try to make some images and post it up here to get my thoughts across but hopefully you get the gist. If anyone truly understands what I'm getting at feel free to do it yourself though, just make sure I get a mention :P
So what do you think guys, will it work?
Edit: OK forget about the peek idea I just mentioned. Instead make it so that the flick/swipe gesture from the top still has the same function as it does now on the home screen and certain apps and apply that to the entire OS (override apps to do it regardless of whether the dev built it in or not if possible) in showing the status bar. But then when you drag from the top it does what I mentioned in the post. Much like the how in Windows 8 a swipe from the top opens the app bar and a drag down from the top allows you to either move the app into a pinned position or discard it. Two completely different things.
Last edited by dk_banaah; 02-28-2013 at 05:25 AM.
- 02-28-2013, 01:23 AM #4
I had almost exactly the same idea a while ago, a notification center what you could access by swiping down from the status bar with a twist that it does not cover anything, it just sort of pushes the current open application away from the screen and shows the information that seems like it has always been there, the screen just wasn't positioned to display it. It could even leave the app you came from visible in the bottom so that you absolutely could not get lost. I think I tossed this idea in the end because I didn't like the swipe gesture accessing it, swipe down from the top is a very cumbersome gesture to do one-handed with a big screen device.
- 02-28-2013, 02:38 AM #7
ps. What apps use swipe down gesture? I would like to try the gesture in action.
- 02-28-2013, 05:01 AM #8
Its a shame you didn't try and take it further though
- 02-28-2013, 05:30 AM #10
- 02-28-2013, 05:30 AM #11
Like it! This the problem with the slide-down gesture: whatever we choose, someone from a competing platform is going to accuse us of 'copying'; Sliding down from the top would copy iOS and Android, and sliding from the side would copy Blackberry and to an extent, the Nokia N9 os (can't remember the name, woops). Even webOS had notifications at the bottom so we can't copy them either!
The flick down gesture to access is well known by most windows phone users so it would be a natural evolution really. It doesn't have to slide in, either. We have a whole host of gestures and movements in the OS as it is, such as it 'flipping' in like the live tiles. Either way we can discuss this all we want but so long as we get some form of notification center i'll be happy.
02-28-2013, 05:31 AM #12
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There are tons of good options thrown by the patrons, but I am curios to know if Windows will actually refine their OS and launch an update or they would outdate the present generation and launch the new is along with new devices. Glad to have update with lot of refinements which other wise will drive us back to the old platform we are used to.
- 02-28-2013, 05:36 AM #13
lso I meant that apps such as Whatsapp, Skype and WP Central (via the selected setting mind you) show the battery status and thus allow you to swipe down for other statuses such as Wi-Fi and signal strength whereas other apps such as Facebook, Music + Videos and Amazon Kindle do not show the batter status and therefore don't show anything when you try to swipe from the top.
- 02-28-2013, 05:41 AM #14
You can't win them all, especially when you're catching up
- 02-28-2013, 05:49 AM #15
How about instead of sliding you pinch the screen? So, thumb and finger diagonally pinches the screen, it becomes smaller and vanishes like pufff. When you are done looking at notifications, hit the back button and you are where you left!
- 02-28-2013, 06:40 AM #17
I actually did take it further, but it ended up going to somewhat different direction.
- The way content from the next screen is showing a little bit in Panorama screens
- The way how Pivot control labels go off the screen suggesting that there's more than what's currently visible
- The way different content items animate separately instead of together
- The way App Bar shows those three little dots even when minimized
- 02-28-2013, 07:07 AM #18
How about utilizing the free space above our Live Tiles? In this free space, there can be a "special" Live Tile, one that is as thin as, say, the IE URL bar. This tile will be a drop-down menu essentially, with the word "Notifications" being shown by default. Now, when you click this tile, the most recent notification will be the first option, followed by the others from newest to oldest. When you click on a notification, it takes you to the spot in the corresponding app where you got that notification. I think that would look sweet.
- 02-28-2013, 07:11 AM #19
Some good ideas. But why make things so complex. Do we need a full screen of notifications?
What ive been thinking recently is why not just use the top of the screen thats usually reserved for signal/wifi/bluetooth/battery/time.
Battery and time would have to stay where they are as when the phone is on charge they are always present. Why not use the other space for mail/text/reminders/skype/calls. All it would take would be an icon a little smaller than the ones that you get on the lock screen. The icons are persistant until the notification is dealt with. Toast notifications would still come in but after they dissappear a reminder is sitting there
Dealing with the notification would just mean going to the respective app to clear it eg missed call would require opening phone, incoming mail open mail.
So what your basically looking at is the lock screen notifications on the start screen in the little bar at the top. Its simple and doent disrupt the flow of WP8 - instead of: seeing notification > swipe notification centre > acknowledge notification > open respective app. All you would have is See notification > open respective app.
The simplicity and flow of WP8 is what makes it unique - why do we even have to think about copying another os?
Once your notifications are clear the usual tap at the top would reveal signal/wifi/bluetooth as usual
- 02-28-2013, 07:35 AM #20
- 02-28-2013, 07:43 AM #21
- If the icons would be persistent until notification is dealt with = visual noise in apps, status bar likes to go away to avoid it.
- The hit targets for individual notifications would be way too small if you could access them straight from the status bar.
- Notification icons would block the original purpose of the status bar if too populated with them = not good
- 02-28-2013, 08:03 AM #23
Status bar can be persistant, it is when your charging your phone
There are no hit targets the icon just serves to notify
Thats the point you want to see that you have a notification. Be honest how often do you need to see if you have signal?
Thinking about it some more your more than likely to have a live tile for phone, messaging, email at the top of your start screen anyway as the majority will use those constantly so you dont need notifications for those as live tiles already do the job. The notifications can just be used for apps probably not in the top portion of your startscreen - facebook - linkedin - twitter - espn - xbox
- 02-28-2013, 01:06 PM #24
Why couldn't the notification center work just like the lock screen? When a notification status appears at the top of the screen, you simply pull it down to open, and swipe it back up to close (just like if you press the lock button, then press it again to get the lock screen, and when you swipe up the app resumes). This seems like it'd be too easy to implement, since the basics of it already exist.
The only catch is the notifications that you'd receive would be limited to those that you give the lockscreen access to.
- 02-28-2013, 07:38 PM #25
I was also thinking this: as I saw the triple-dot option bar, I came across another way to show notifications.
In a corner (most likely top-left) of the screen will be a universal O. This O, when double-tapped, will view either all notifications when on the Start Screen or app-specific notifications when accessing from an app. The menu would come up the same way as the triple-dot menu. This maintains the simplicity of WP8 while still providing functionality.
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