Hello everyone, Now that I have some small bits of time, and an ASUS Transformer TF700T tablet, I am developing a skin that follows Android Human Interface Guidelines, for qOrbiter.
This skin is tentatively called "Data", and I am in the process of establishing the aesthetic. My goal is to make something that belongs on an Android tablet, as if it were a system installed application, and to utilize the tablet's huge display area and touch screen only interface as efficiently as possible, while trying to balance the GPU power of modern tablets to produce as smooth and pleasing of an experience as possible, without sacrificing day to day usability.
To help kickstart some of the development, I am using the Qt Components that golgoj4 has slipped into qOrbiter, but for certain things (such as the sliders, which do not look right in Android), I am fashioning new components to fit the bill.
For now, as I develop the skin, virtually all of the elements are fixed in place, and are not dynamic to resolution or orientation changes, and it will stay that way, until I develop a consistent enough UI to break out into components.
My current development tablet is specced as:
* Asus Transformer TF700T Infinity
* 10.1 inch
* 1.6ghz Tegra 3
* 1GB RAM
* 32GB storage
* 1920x1200 display resolution.
Of note is the display resolution, as I am designing the UI to this exactly. Again, as soon as I have something more consistent and more or less completed, I will have to tear the whole thing apart and make it reusable and dynamic, but doing so at this point would be a case of premature optimization.
I have one screen in progress at the moment, a Now Playing remote. Note, that there are much fewer buttons. They aren't needed. For any other buttons, the icons on the top right (which will include a standard android menu icon) will be available to select lesser used functions. For transport control, a slider is provided, as is play/pause, and skip buttons. Gesture control will be present on the currently playing cover art to also skip playlist items, as well as a visible playlist on the right side (not there yet).
A picture here:
It's only the start, but it will come together more quickly over the next few months. qOrbiter is proving itself to be a much more flexible user interface engine than Orbiter EVER was. And that's how it should be