A new mobile user interface patent of Microsoft named “personalized cloud of mobile tasks” has been recently published by US Patent Office – offers similar functionality to that of Nokia Z Launcher.
According to description and illustrations the application bears, the user interface consists of the icons similar to Windows Phone’s tiles. In accordance with users’ usage of the mobile phone throughout every hour of the day, the frequently used tasks like calling up a contact within a set of hours like in “morning” will be highlighted in centre of the screen, larger than other tiles or tasks.
An excerpt from the patent application: “The personalized cloud generator application may also adapt the display of individual icons based on factors such as time of day, day of the week, frequency or amount of use of a given task (i.e., usage patterns), etc. For example, a selectable icon in the form of a photograph of a particular called party may be displayed on a mobile telephone display screen to allow quick calls to the called party by touching or otherwise selecting the displayed photograph. The more a user of the mobile phone calls the called party, the larger called party’s icon (displayed selectable photograph) becomes and/or the more centralized the display of the icon becomes.”
This pretty much sounds like Nokia Z Launcher for Android. Even Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1 comes in the line. This new technology patent is a continuation of Microoft’s patent application that was filed back in Dec. 24 of 2008.