Sony’s experimental EvolutionUI brings gamification to your smartphone

by XB on 29th April 2014

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Gamification_Xperia_3Gamification is a buzz word that has been around for a while now and basically involves bringing game mechanics to non-game scenarios to drive greater engagement. It can include rewards for doing certain tasks such as unlocking achievements or badge levels. Sony has been experimenting with a new open-source user interface called EvolutionUI, which aims to bring these concepts to your phone.

The EvolutionUI project disables the more advanced features at the start, so for example when you first start the phone you will only have one homescreen, one clock widget, core applications and a locked layout so that users can’t remove apps by mistake. Then as the user gets comfortable, EvolutionUI will open up more and more features.

These features could include achievements for starting a number of different applications, which may allow you to edit shortcuts onto the homescreen. Experience points (XP) could also be earned by performing actions, which could be used to “level up”, similar to how you would in role-playing games.

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To cater for the more advanced users, the EvolutionUI would use profiles across four levels (Beginner, Easy, Medium and Advanced). The latter would mean the whole phone would be open, but you could collect the achievements for fun anyway.

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This is a user interface that becomes more advanced the more you learn how to use it. In that regard, we doubt it would appeal to any of our readers, but could be a very useful tool for those new to smartphones or Android in general.

Could you see something like this catching on? Would you use it or would it annoy you? We’ve love to hear your thoughts below.

Via Sony Mobile Developer.

  • Douglas Yapú

    No…

  • Mike Gonzalez

    this is just plain silly… why would i want (or any other people) play with my homescreen so i can use other apps?! they should spend more time on much more useful things like new features that make use easier instead of this crap

  • ycleft xperia

    Ycleft xperia

  • Stephen

    no, but could be used to wean sheep away from their iphones
    or do they like being told what they can or cannot do by apple?

  • Faules Arschloch

    no

  • ycleft xperia

    May be they (sony devs) have nothing new to offer; instead they can think of making more engrossing UI all throughout the ecosystem then coming up with the shit of this kind.

  • adeceku

    Why?

  • Mohammed Khired

    i have problems with the latest FW on my xperia z1 , and sony’s developers wasting their time in this….i don’t even understand what it’s …..

    im not even wasting my time like them!

  • MarionHNunn

    To cater for the more advanced users, the EvolutionUI would use profiles across four levels (Beginner, Easy, Medium and Advanced). The latter would mean the whole phone would be open, but you could collect the achievements for fun anyway. http://sn.im/28v1ckw

  • Haldi

    YOU WHAT?

    Am i the only one feeling a rage comming from the bottom up after reading:
    ” Sony has been experimenting with a new open-source user interface
    called EvolutionUI, which aims to bring these concepts to your phone.”

    The only two achievements i’m ever gonna succes will be “Debloat phone from stupid sony crap” and “flash a better Rom”

  • Ethan ‘blaze’ Parker

    Being a gaming addict I actually like it, might enjoy it a lot! Just like Steam achievements. ^_^

  • lolop

    This is a very popular research area. One of which I am working on myself. This won’t be released. It’s pure academics.

  • Sture Karlsson

    They must be bored….

  • af

    these kind of things made Sony, the Sony right? They let their engineers realize their ideas no matter how crazy they may seem. I say keep up, this is great.

  • raxxta

    Who’s fooling..Xp Blog or Sony?! Nice idea though. And anything is better than Kitkat.

  • Dexter Moregan

    So Annoyed.

  • SonyXperiaBug

    That is pure s**t! Sony must experiment how to perfect Z1 buggy firmware and poor camera app before experimenting with those fancy and useless gimmick. Why would you disable an option and unlock that option through some combo tricks? Gimme a break Sony Developers… You’re trolling with your customers… We are asking for Z2 features in all Z series not that crap. Fix all the bugs, make all Z1 software perfect and stable then do all you want with that gimmick for God’s sake Sony…

  • Wait, so you’re telling me April Fools jokes aren’t meant for May 1st..?
    (I like how Sony’s exactly one month late)

  • then sony should check age of users and enable it for kids!!!

  • Colby Leong

    I always wondered what Sony did between Android updates…

  • Billy de Fretes

    yep.. just like their update ..

  • solano89

    SONY focus on updates o get to devices as quick as possible and guarantee for every device at least 2 android updates (without bugs) after the release! Focus also on the phones hitting the market in time without any delays and a strong costumer service. These are the 3 elements combined with a good marketing that bring you the success! That should be your goal not this. If someone wants to play a game than they play a game. I would be pissed if not all the functions are available right at the beginning! I think this is pure crap!

  • Chetak Parate

    Time for a UI change for Sony

  • Clamser

    Sony practice witchcraft against their own fans!!!!

  • kanazai2001

    useless…

  • Battal Aljadei

    What’s the point of this ?
    A smartphone should understand it’s user usage, Not the user should understand his smartphone usage !
    this’s gonna be like: stupidphone vs smartuser !
    grow up SONY !

  • Razvan

    Not an interesting idea in my opinion. Though I would certainly appreciate if you could solve the rare but very annoying camera problem, when the flash triggers on and can be removed only by restarting phone.
    Plus to add the problem with the sound that the previous update should have resolved it, still continues to be annoying while listening music and lowering the volume significantly after receiving a call until unlocking the phone again.
    Sadly, I miss 4.3 Android already…
    Hope that you will notice my post and fix these issues. Thx!

  • boosook

    So this is what they’re doing instead of fixing the countless bugs that are present in their phones… (expecially in the 4.3 release for the T, V etc…)

  • marwan balu

    How could I do like that…any one know… pls

  • Legolas

    stupid idea i buy a phone to get all features unlocked not to open same bloody apps 5 times to unlock main maenu thats absurd complete nonsense if this is the future of sony ui..i should think of other choice…UI is most important for me because of that i am using Sony

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