Personally I rock the vanilla Android 2.0 homescreen at the moment (perhaps someday “soon” that will change), but even Android 2.1 isn’t exactly flying off the screen and for folks that prefer a more graphically exciting presentation. TAT Home definitely looks to deliver in that department.
TAT is a Swedish software and design company with a stated vision, “To become a global leader in beautiful, usable, and high-performance user experiences on mobile devices.” I’d have to stay judgment on how much of what they have done here is eye candy versus utility until I can go hands-on with it myself, but based on the demo alone I would say they are on the right track.
Using what TAT refers to as the “widget fan” you can view and access all five homescreens or “widget panes” simultaneously (reminiscent of the updated Sense UI). They also tout new gesture based navigation to help you flick your way around. By their own admission it may take a few days to adjust to the navigation, but if the demonstrator is any indication you will be cruising along once you do acclimate.
They offer a few built-in apps with some clever touch interactions like an alarm clock, a music app with a rotating album cover display and finally a weather app with a nice bar chart display. Those last two appear to take up a 1×4 app grid space when not actively in use and expand on touch to their full functionality. Importantly they claim that their homescreen “seamlessly blends in standard Android widgets.”
I contacted their Product Manager, Simon Lessing, earlier today and he indicated that they will be moving into the beta phase of testing in the next couple weeks and will be rolling out to the roughly 14,000 people that have signed up so far (you can try to get in on it as well by registering here).
I also asked him which devices would be capable of running their software.
“The demo you see runs on a HTC Hero with Android 1.6 so we do have the performance needed for the first gen devices. We will likely start with a 2.0/2.1 release and then go backwards from there if the interest is large enough.”Simon LessingProduct Manager of TAT Home
So if any of you that are stuck on 1.6 like what you are seeing in the video below I would recommend signing up for the beta and making your voices heard now.