Verzo UI attempts to improve the Android experience

While Android has its strengths, I am not a fan of the Android user interface or of its resource hogging. The two might be tied together; who knows?

A Europe-based company believe that they have the answer to Android’s less-than-inspiring UI. A quote from them in introducing Verzo UI:

We are not the only developer of mobile phones in the world, who was not completely satisfied with the graphics of the Android OS. The difference lies in the approach and the final processing. As with the outer design of the phone, so with the VERZO GUI we were thinking it through carefully, while focusing on functionality and originality, neatness. We have examined every original graphic element and its placement within the Android system and if it did not seem fit or well placed, it has been notably modified.

We have dreamt of the most amazing graphic interface for mobile phones with Android OS available on the market and even though we have managed to make most of those ideas come true, only your reactions can tell us if we were right.

Yes; only user reactions can tell – and honestly, I would love to play with this.

Verzo Kinzo

Verzo UI will be introduced on the Kinzo Android smartphone. A brief specs sheet:

  • 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 resolution, TFT LCD
  • 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash
  • Single-core 1GHz TI OMAP 3630 processor with PowerVR SGX 530 graphics
  • 512MB RAM
  • 1,590mAh battery

As you can see, its not a top-specified robot, but the argument seems to be that with Verzo UI, performance and user experience is optimised and so not needing top specs.

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28 thoughts on “Verzo UI attempts to improve the Android experience

  • November 14, 2011 at 7:00 am
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    So people should buy thier phone to get new UI? When there are thousands of innovative themes in the android market place? H no. Its not worth it.

  • November 14, 2011 at 7:42 am
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    The first time I played with an Apple iPhone, I acknowledged that it is very good and definitely better than the keypad/keyboard based phones in terms of ease of use in most cases, but the artificial restrictions in the OS and some deliberate hardware omissions was something I’m not willing to condone in a device I will be spending my money on and of course the very high price tag is another issue.

    When I purchased my Android device, I was also convinced that it matched most of the experience I got from the iPhone devices I’ve played with and even surpassed that in some respects.

    One area Android has obviously lagged is in the area of resource management but there is obvious touch of green and some… from opposing platform when people condemn Android UX and UI outright.

  • November 14, 2011 at 8:08 am
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    Me have not really seen any problem with android UI…i mean use an S60V5 and then realise how ‘bad’ android is…lol

  • November 14, 2011 at 8:49 am
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    @Shayman

    Me have not really seen any problem with android UI… i mean use an S 60V 5 and then realise how ‘bad ’ android is … lol

    A few diehard Symbian/Nokia fanboys would also say the same but the world has moved on. Symbian is already programmed for the history archives where it rightly belongs in present mobile computing era.

    The fact is what counts is not what few Symbian/Nokia worshippers think but rather what the world at large wants. Enjoy your Symbian while you can but people in general wants something better and more fluid. lol.

  • November 14, 2011 at 9:38 am
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    people in general wants something better and more fluid

    …and less resource efficient, i suppose?

    And then those same people now turn around to gripe about battery power inadequacy, or data gobbling, or acute OS vulnerabilities, or shaky / dubious multitasking implementation, or…

    They want those fancy UIs/UXes, but not wanting to pay the price.+++smh +++
    The majority is NOT always right!
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    There is vociferous debate as to which OS (Interface) is superior. Symbian, Android, WindowsPhone or iOS?.

    VerZatile ‘Custom interface’ implementations like ‘Verzo’ will keep happening – because there is no ‘best’ idea – in OS Interfaces, or any sphere of human existence. We always crave something ‘better than best’

    User experience (UX) relates to how easily / efficiently we are able to get things done on our device. You run apps on your phone (can you get to them – quoickly – with minimum fuss?); you manage files, bluetooth, unlock/unlock your phone, do navigation, send messages, make calls – can you do these unobtrusively? That is what I understand about a functional ‘User Xperience’ (UX)

    It is noteworthy that ‘SPB Mobile Shell’ – is a User_InterFace_Enhancement_Application for almost all mobile Os.

    The average user just wants to do the basic things with his device; they do not need so much fancy interface.The power user who want to ‘do more’ are aware of the unlimited extensibility of the power of their device – through the use of third_party applications. One of the reasons why the more modern mobile_OSes gulp battery_power is because of the fancy user interface. Those swypes, pinching, zooming and animations deplete battery power fast!

    I try to avoid upgrading quickly to firmware upgrades (unless it addresses specific problems). I would rather use a thirdparty application to unleash the power of the device – whenever possible . The advantage of this route is that it is an easily reversible process.

    On my Symbian phone, I use JBak TaskMan + Instant Menu + DzSoft LightBar + PocketLock] combo as my ‘interface_management’ applications.

    – [JBak TaskMan + Instant Menu] – collectively allow me get to any (thirdparty / inbuilt )application, phone function, contact, folder/file in just in two or three taps – from ANYscreen.

    – DzSoft LightBar – allows me control the screen brightness – from ANYscreen. I just drag down (for Symbian s^3 users, there is an enhanced ‘DzSoft Sliding SettingBar’ that does same and additionally allows you enable/disabled bluetooth, change profile, start the WLAN wizard and enable power_saving mode)

    – PocketLock – allows me lock/unlock the phone my (un)covering the proximity sensor (eg but the phone face down to lock)

    I conclude by saying that an Operating System needs to concentrate more on ‘Operating the System’, and leave the UX/UI enhancement ‘war’ to third parties..

  • November 14, 2011 at 11:01 am
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    @Eye.bee.kay

    And then those same people now turn around to gripe about battery power inadequacy, or data gobbling, or acute OS vulnerabilities , or shaky / dubious multitasking implementation , or …

    Everything in life almost always involves some tradeoffs. For example, I like iPhone devices but I will not live with the kind of control Apple exercise on the devices nor will condone the deliberate hardware omissions or limitations. I like Symbian resource efficiency but dislike their clunky UI and general bad UX. Android data gluttony is worrying and battery issue but I’ve also learnt how to manage those effectively while it excels in other areas.

    Symbian has had and is still having its security issue. No single OS is immune to security holes or attacks not even iOS and thus that’s not Android peculiar problem unless you are bent on scoring a cheap point.

    The problem with all Symbian worshippers is that they believe the only way to implement multitasking is the Symbian way. Well, the proved best approach appears to be the way Android handles the implementation since even Windows Phone/Nokia are going the same route. And I can remember you and some other Symbian/Nokia faithfuls also griping about persistent memory errors sometimes while running a combination of a few apps.

    Most of what is being said against Android Multitasking are rather technical rather than practical. What I is people who use Android devices are satisfied with its working while bloggers loyal to other platforms wanting something to write against Android will pose the Android implementation of multitasking something that has no practical negative effect on the real world use of Android devices.

    …The majority is NOTalways right!

    That’s right, but can the majority be right sometimes or even most times ?

    There is vociferous debate as to which OS
    ( Interface) is superior. Symbian, Android ,
    WindowsPhone or iOS? .

    Yes I want to believe such a debate does exist but any such debate involving Symbian can only take place on Symbian supporters’ blog site. Symbian is simply a concluded issue. Symbian UX and UI are not good enough.

    User experience (UX) relates to how easily /
    efficiently we are able to get things done on
    our device. You run apps on your phone (can
    you get to them – quoickly – with minimum
    fuss ?) ; you manage files , bluetooth , unlock /
    unlock your phone, do navigation, send
    messages , make calls – can you do these
    unobtrusively ? That is what I understand
    about a functional ‘User Xperience’ (UX )
    It is noteworthy that ‘SPB Mobile Shell’ – is a
    User _InterFace _Enhancement _Application for
    almost all mobile Os. The average user just wants to do the basic
    things with his device;…

    Exactly. Average users want to to do basic tasks on their devices without resorting to some third party apps to achieve this. They also want nice looking interfaces. These are things Android is better at and in which Symbian does so badly.

    I conclude by saying that an Operating
    System needs to concentrate more on ‘Operating the System’, and leave the UX/ UI
    enhancement ‘ war ’ to thirdpaties ..

    Nice conclusion if you ask me, but the average users think otherwise, the reason Symbian/Nokia is where it is today.

  • November 14, 2011 at 11:03 am
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    May be a Video will convince me sha, but for now am not sold at all.

  • November 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm
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    @bosun99uk

    May be a Video will convince me sha , but for now am not sold at all.

    Haven’t you heard? It’s not about a few symbian/Nokia Geeks but rather about the general masses. The Nokia geeks/power users will always find their way about, but Nokia needs more than a few thousands or even hundreds of thousands of Nokia geeks to remain relevant in the mobile space. That’s the point.

  • November 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm
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    @Harry Echemco,
    thank you for a nice explanation. When I was using crappy Nokia N97, most of the times I had to wait too long for the phone to get me to my app menu, sometimes it hung and I had to pull off the battery and rebut. In SGSII, the phone waits for me instead me waiting for the phone. I don’t mind about battery issue since I was getting the same issue with my former crappy nokia N97, and I realize its common to most smartphones when subject to heavy use.
    My simple question is ‘why do you have to wait for so much time for OS to launch an app? or why do you have to rely on unreliable third party app to enhance an OS UI/UX?’
    Android OS rules the world…….

  • November 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm
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    Jikong1:, it is a matter of what works for each individual / the tradeoffs you are willing to take.

    me- i will not embrace a fancy interface and get saddled with poor battery life (itself attributable to higher power needs of Android),,data gobbling and a truly vulnerable_to_attack OS.

    In all i do, i tend to value functionalities over appearances.

    I will choose a clunky RESOURCE efficient dying Symbian over any other shiny new OS. Any day.

    You can pick your v12 gas guzzling jeep. Will pick my fuel_efficient v6 toyota camry. Less maintenance cost. Greater Peace of mind from armed robbery attack, less societal expectations, extra money to buy and keep two extra Camrys..
    But that is just me..

    Let us just agree to disagree on that.

    Functionality versus appearances? Your choice!

  • November 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm
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    @Eye.Bee.Kay
    In terms of functionality, my former symbian phone is the worst. For example after opening 5-6 tabs on UCbrowser only, the phone will start warning me of insufficient C memory, sometimes it collapsed.
    It all depends on what you want, one man’s meat is another man’s poison.

  • November 14, 2011 at 3:38 pm
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    .
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    .jkong1

    In terms of functionality, my former symbian phone is the worst. For example after opening 5-6 tabs on UCbrowser only, the phone will start warning me of insufficient C memory, .
    .
    I do not believe installing your apos on your c: drive is a good idea. You will just keep having the kind of problem you described!
    NOT unless the app can not run from a memory card.

    That has nothing to do with the chikwendu of the OS platform.in use

  • November 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm
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    That has nothing to do with the chikwendu of the OS platform.in use

    I meant..

    That has nothing to do with the Efficiency of the OS platform.in use

  • November 14, 2011 at 3:47 pm
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    @Eye.Bee.Kay
    There are some apps that are defaulted to install on C memory for most phones, what do you do in that case?

  • November 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm
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    @Eye.bee.kay

    Greater Peace of mind from armed robbery attack , less societal expectations , extra money to buy and keep two extra Camrys ..
    But that is just me ..

    I guess your problems with Android are more of psychological than practical. Problems based on myths. Myths of Android vulnerability blown out of proportion than the real life case. Problems that you have probably already had with your Symbian device but which you will also not want to admit for fear of weakening your argument.

    I’ve never had any security issues with my Android device but that not to say their couldn’t be one some day, just as you couldn’t guarantee your Symbian device is immune to attack.

    Please, you cannot prove that Symbian devices are generally more affordable than Android devices. In fact, the reverse is most likely the case. Android devices are now generally more affordable than their Symbian counterpart.

    Functionality versus appearances ? Your choice !

    And what about marrying functionality with appearance? Or can you mention this functionality feature Symbian has over Android? When you want to debate for your Symbian, always try playing less on equivocation.

  • November 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm
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    @Harry Echemco,

    i am being Equivocal? What is equivocal aboui saying that Symbian is more FUNCTIONAL that the Robot and Fruit OSes?

    Here is a definitiion of FUNCTIONAL.

    designed to be practical and useful rather than attractive.

    That is what I am saying.

    You call Android Vulnerablle ‘Myths’? Really? Hmm.. Do a Google Search, and quit playing the Ostrich!

    You cay I can noit prove that Symbians are more affordable that Androids.

    The cost of owning a phone (or car!) is not only about cost of acquisition. It also incudes operating costs!.

    A car may be cheap to buy but costly to maintain. Unavailable / costly parts – for instance. You would be wise to buy an expensive car that is cheaper to run, and is durable, with great second_hand value/

    Similarly, an Android guzzles data MERCILESSLY, costs you more to run. You replace your battery more often because it is not power_efficient and you charge the poor battery more often. It worsens the greenhouse effect. So it is expensive to our environment too. It causes you to spend more on electricity bil, putting bigger holes in your pocket..

    Need I go on demonstrating that a Symbian phone is infinitely more affordable ot buy, own and RUN?

  • November 14, 2011 at 6:16 pm
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    @jkong1…..There are some apps that are defaulted to install on C memory for most phones, what do you do in that case?
    ……
    Simply forget such an app and get an alternative.

    On Symbian, i know for a fact That 99.99% of apps install on a memory card..
    I want to believe this is likely ti be so on other platforms..

  • November 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm
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    Me think the OSs are ok the way they are made. Manufacturers can tweak here and there to improve the wow factor and sell better that the next brand. But buying another android phone just because of improved UI is just not right. These Verzo UI people should know better.

    I recently bought SPB Shell 3D from android market for $14.99 and i find it just wonderful. It changes the phone completely and the animations are truely fantastic. Now that‘s how things should go. Third party for such things while you choose your android phone for its funtionality, ease of use, and strength.

  • November 14, 2011 at 6:35 pm
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    @Eye.bee.kay

    Similarly , an Android guzzles data
    MERCILESSLY , costs you more to run . You
    replace your battery more often because it is
    not power _efficient and you charge the poor
    battery more often . It worsens the greenhouse effect . So it is expensive to our
    environment too . It causes you to spend
    more on electricity bil, putting bigger holes in your pocket. .

    I’ve owed this Android device for some nine months now and I’m still running on the same one thousand naira for one month data plan. In fact I rely on the 25 I get from glo sometimes beyond 7 days and am only go for plans when I have major software updates to do. This why I think your reasons that Android is more expensive to run borders on myths.

    And my battery is still performing very well that I may never need a replacement before I upgrade the phone. It takes me through a days use before requiring charging.

    So please you haven’t proved a thing, if have any prove offer it now.

  • November 14, 2011 at 6:38 pm
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    @eyebeekay…i spent the last 3days with an S60v5 phone. Nokia C6 to be precise and its a disaster in terms of UI and UX…I intentionally didnt use the slide out qwerty just to ve the S60v5 on screen keyboard experience. It has been a very very bad experience. I have used b couple of android phones and they ve given be better experience. I’m not being sentimental here. Android may be resource inefficient and data hungry but i will choose it over that clunky symbian UI…I Guess the newer symbian^3 models ve solved this problems anyway but maybe b little too late already!

  • November 14, 2011 at 6:46 pm
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    @harry is there any data monitor app you installed? With my experience on android i dont think 200mb is gonna be enough in a month..can you pls share how you control data?

  • November 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm
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    @shayman

    is there any data monitor app you
    installed? With my experience on android i
    dont think 200 mb is gonna be enough in a
    month ..can you pls share how you control
    data

    I use ZDBox for Android. It has a lot of features including application manager, task manager, data monitor, app lock and digital battery level monitor. It also has a lot of other useful widgets.

    200MB is more than enough for me. My major problem is app downloads for both PC and phone. Just try visiting the Android market less often and only do updates when important features and critical security updates are available.

    I turned off features that I don’t need like contact sync etc. Also since the pulldown menu is always handy, I turn mobile data off when using any app that doesn’t need direct internet connection to work – some apps are ad-supported.

  • November 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm
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    UX/UI dichotomy is pretty much subjective o! Ever tried CM7 Android build and I’ll see d beauty of Droid, while we eagerly await ICM. Harry I dey gbadun u jare!

  • November 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm
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    Was just reading about ZDBox. http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/03/30/review-zdbox-delivers-all-of-those-android-tools-you-ordered/

    This level of versatility in an app just reminds me if a swiss_arny_knife app on Symbian called JBak Taskman.
    About the only thing Jbak TaskMan does not do is the data monitor aspect.

    But them Harry Echenco, i thought your frost with Symbian us the need for ‘mercenaries’ to get certain things done. Why does Android need an app such as ZDBox if it is so sublimely ethereal – so self sufficient.

  • November 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm
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    Thanks harry. Got that. Might be useful for a couple of friends

  • November 15, 2011 at 2:53 am
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    @Eye.bee.kay

    But them Harry Echenco , i thought your frost with Symbian us the need for ‘mercenaries’ to get certain things done . Why does Android need an app such as ZDBox if it is so sublimely ethereal – so self sufficient .

    Yes self sufficient for basic tasks like direct hardware control with ease, that includes bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, mobile data connection, etc.

    If you think all these features shouldn’t come with an OS out of the box, then OS makers now think otherwise because all the other major OSes makers has now copied these features almost without modification.

  • November 15, 2011 at 10:08 am
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    I love my android though it has its obvious flaws as well. the data gobbling and resource inefficiency. I have been using my Sgs for like 16months. If there is anything I have power to change (improve on),they will be those two I mentioned above. Everything else is best on android as far as I have experienced. I have used symbian, WP7, and lately iphone4 (who says that phone doesn’t lag?).

    Google just need to improve on those two I mentioned and they are made.

    @Harry, those features on the ZDBox comes with my muiu rom. I don’t need any 3rd to use them.
    ICS already has the data monitor feature baked in as well.

    My search for a better resource efficient phone is about making me wait for the quad cores. learned those quad cores can help save as much as 50% of battery life. we shall wait and see come 2012.

  • November 15, 2011 at 10:54 am
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    Interesting discussion all through… Trying to defend what works for u but u know human needs are insatiable.

    We shouldn’t be blinded by sentiments, though, in expressing our fanboyism.

    Having admitted a lag in an OS by default, i wldn’t call it a myth when someone else points it out just because i hav a walk-around.

    If OEMs pack their devices with everything our creative minds could ever imagine, what is the fate of individual app developers?

    While being objective, i wouldn’t conclude an OS is bad cos i had an unsatisfactory experience with an old device which lacked up to par resources.

    I wouldn’t expect a cheaper iteration to perform really gud as its premium version.

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