Weather Animations on the Home Screen: Useful or Distracting?

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As we saw in our tour of TouchFLO 3D 2.5 build 1919, the next generation of HTC devices like the HD2 will have a home screen that can display a full-screen weather animation. You can also get a sense of that in the HD2 promo video from HTC’s YouTube channel (fast forward to 30 seconds).

No other phone gives you location-aware weather on your main screen in such a big way. While it may be interesting to pull out your phone on a snowy day to see snowflakes fall behind your next calendar appointment, it may also be distracting. What do you think? Is it useful or distracting?

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Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.