7:10 AM Haven't we seen live cell-type concepts before on mobile user interfaces?

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

February 16, 2010

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Every Tile Cells a Story

7:10 AM -- Hey!

Anyone remember the Celltop concept that Alltel Corp. (NYSE: AT) was pushing back in 2007?

Alltel called the interface "a series of customizable cells to bring the stuff you love to the top of your phone." Celltop would update items like weather reports, sports videos, and news clips every time it was launched, as long as it was set to automatic.

Looks kind of similar to the "Live Tiles" idea from Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), doesn't it? The problem, of course, with these live update concepts is that, unless the user controls them, they can be pulling down data even if the user isn't doing anything. (See MWC 2010: Microsoft Bites Back.)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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