Okay, here is the basic operation of the Android "Home" Screen:
- The home screen is multi-page, moved left/right for other pages
- Pages are indicated near the top (as seen in my screen capture in the first post) or even bottom (like in Andrew's sample) by numbered dots of which the active page is higlighted.
- Besides sweeping, you can touch the appropriate dot to jump to that page.
- The bottom icons are fixed. They OS decides which icons appear. In standard Android, the right-most is "Applications" while on home screen, and "Home" when in the applications screen.
[*[ The applications screen is a selection of all the available applications that can be placed on the home screen.
- The top bar is status. Showing network connections (Wifi, 3G, Bluetooth, etc), new messages, USB connection, or any application generated notifications. Including when media is playing.
- Touching (or dragging down) the status bar lowers a "tray" with the notifications. If the list is too big for screen, you can scroll down. If media player is playing, there is a small section with basic controls (prev / play-pause / next), small album art and text of current Track / Artist.
- Touching a status item generally brings you to the app that requires attention. In the case of media, touching a non-control portion of the status item (album art) will bring you to the media player.
- In Android, long-click on an icon will allow you to place the icon where you want (this may be a bit of work to try to implement).
- - As is currently in OM, touching a Home button will bring you back to the home screen (main menu).
- Widgets are placed on the Home screen. Widgets are basically live mini app screens. Touching them generally causes some action (settings, open the main app page, etc). Since it is possible to do this in OM with any icon, there may not be any real difference. Widgets in Android are typically the size of 1 regular application icon, or larger, fitting the grid. 2 wide x 1 tall, 2 wide x 2 tall, 4 wide x 1 tall, 4 wide by 2 tall. You get the picture. There is some intelligence built in to placine icons and widgets. You can't place a widget if there is no room.
Here is a video of the Android Notification 'Window Shade' and how it works. While it's based on a slightly older version of Android, it gets the point across.
That is pretty much it in a nutshell. OM is capable of most of this now. Some of the gesturing would need to change (I think) to mimic Android. I am not sure if a plugin can directly address it's own icon (widget) on the main menu.
I'll be glad to clarify anything further if anyone requires.