home screen


Definition of home screen

1 : television sense 2 … it's the kind of movie that plays better on the home screen, where you're less likely to miss any of the fiendishly witty lines of the screenplay … and can replay some of the stunning special effects.— Molly Haskell TV viewers soon may be seeing some of their black-and-white film favorites blushing with new color on the home screen.— Ron Miller
2 : the graphical user interface that is displayed by default by an electronic device (such as a smartphone or computer) or software application and that provides quick access to commonly used functions, settings, etc. [Journalist Catherine] Price's suggestions range from the extreme, such as a "digital sabbath" during which you turn your phone off for 24 hours, to the seemingly slight, such as reorganising your phone's home screen so you can't see the bright, tempting colours of your favourite apps the second you turn it on.— Caroline Crampton The Netflix interface—the home screen that greets users when they open the app—is constantly evolving.— James Titcomb

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The common and true argument is that narrative novelty, diverse stories, exciting new writers, directors and actors, and welcome surprises are everywhere to be found on home screens, while most of what plays in theaters is big, safe and familiar. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Summer 2019's Sad, Stale State of the Movies," 8 July 2019 Since its debut, SeriesFest has seen a major shift in the way TV is consumed, with digital streaming replacing destination-viewing on home screens. John Wenzel, The Know, "Denver’s TV-pilot festival SeriesFest finds itself in a position of power for Season 5," 21 June 2019 The woman determined the phone was Little’s because of the photo on the home screen, the affidavit said. oregonlive.com, "Portland elder care nurse accused of recording co-workers in employee bathroom," 10 June 2019 OnePlus' gesture navigation works a lot like the iPhone X. A swipe up from the normal home button position minimizes the current app and shows the home screen. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "OnePlus 6T Review: Amazing value with an even more amazing fingerprint reader," 29 Oct. 2018 The home screen and ambient modes can show pictures, the weather, and the time, plus recommendations for things like news videos, YouTube, music playlists, and other assistant commands. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google Home Hub review—Awesome hardware for Google’s nascent smart display software," 22 Oct. 2018 Her iPhone home screen is a photo from her 2017 wedding: Whitney staring into Michael’s eyes at Positano’s clifftop Villa Treville, the blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea bright behind them. Chloe Malle, Vogue, "Inside Dating-App Bumble’s Bid For Global Domination," 18 Apr. 2019 The home screen and menus are easy to navigate and simple to understand. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The Verge Cord Cutter’s Guide: hardware, software, and services," 20 Dec. 2018 This is a full-featured Android phone, but the simple home screen really makes the Palm phone feel more like a limited media device than a do-it-all smartphone. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Palm Phone Review: Fun, endearing, and bad at everything," 1 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of home screen

1948, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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