Before his main interview, I explained a journalist what Sailfish OS interface is all about. Why improving how touch interfaces work was important.
In the evening, I got to read this.
Breaking the smartphone mold isn't easy. Just ask Jolla
Before you start creating anything, you have to make a choice.
Is it enough to stick with what you have? Is there anything you can keep and re-use? Or is it all beyond saving and starting from scratch is the right thing to do?
Finally, when your brain recognizes a familiar pattern, it can immediately perform the matching interaction without eyes confirming it. It's just the way our body works.
Meet Sailfish OS.
The most commonly used actions (Home, back...) are based on simple gestures. This means they can be performed exactly where your thumb is most comfortable during content interactions (and not like this).
Both are very easy to do, because you've had that hand (and brain) since you were born. It's natural for you.
The one with the buttons.
Help us break it.
And that's sad to hear because it's not true. It's improbable to happen overnight, but definitely possible when given time.
Just by following others and copying what they do, takes nothing forward. Copying is the reason we're stuck with over a decade old touch interface with buttons in wrong places. When you copy, you don't think. When you don't think, stupid stuff happens.
Sticking to a vision has already made a big difference for our community. Instead of copying what others do, we challenged the smartphone industry. A tiny company with a wonderful community succeeded where many companies have failed.
In being themselves.
If you ask me or anyone working at Jolla, you will hear it's not easy to break the mold. Ask our community the same question, and they'll tell you it's already been broken.
A more natural touch interface might not sound like a big thing. Until you try it yourself.
And you've just hammered off a good chunk out from the smartphone mold.
Roughly the size of you.
Thanks for reading and see you in the next post. In the meantime, agree or disagree, debate or shout. Bring it on and spread the word.