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Inside Mobile Design and User Experience

Thoughts on mobile and social business applications, design, and user experience, by Chris Reckling.

As many of you already know, IBM released new Sametime Chat apps for iOS and Android. Congratulations to the team, including designers Tyler Walters and Carrie Tracy. For Android, we did some visual design updates to bring it more in line with the direction that Traveler and Connections are moving in. We're going for a consistent brand experience across the apps and device types, while providing tight integration with the platforms on which the apps run. As others have noted, you do need to have the updated (8.5.2 IFR) Sametime proxy server running, as the apps use the REST api's that are only available there to communicate with Sametime.

Here is the new Android client look. One handy thing on the Android is that you can easily have the chat transcript read to you and use voice to send a chat message (usually built-in to the android keyboard).
Image:Sametime 8.5.2 Mobile Apps
Many people have been waiting for the iOS releases and they are now available in the appstore for both iPhone and iPad. For iPad some changes were made to take advantage of the larger screen size.

Here's a tip for you - go into Settings to turn on the photo display if your Sametime deployment supports profile pictures.

Image:Sametime 8.5.2 Mobile Apps

Finally, here is the iPad release.
Image:Sametime 8.5.2 Mobile Apps

If you have a Greenhouse account, you can try these clients with it. Use the settings below:
Host Server:    
Port:                         9444
Secure Connection:    ON
Direct Connection       Checked

Enjoy! And let us know your thoughts.

Chris Reckling
Mobile UX Team

Chris Reckling | 7 December 2011 12:00:00 PM ET |

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