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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Recent Examples on the Web Each Clip must be under 10 MB and doesn’t add itself to your home screen like a full app. Stan Horaczek, Popular Science, "Eleven new iOS 14 features to look forward to, from translation to privacy labels," 29 June 2020 There, in big white letters on her Netflix home screen, was the streaming service's list of top 10 shows in the United States. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "How Netflix’s Sweet Magnolias Became the Surprise Hit of the Summer," 25 June 2020 Beyond the home screen changes, iOS 14 is also coming with one other excellent update: picture-in-picture video. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Apple Just Announced New Features For Your iPhone — Here’s What We Love in iOS14," 23 June 2020 As part of the changes in iOS 14, the iPhone home screen will look quite a bit more like an Android device. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Apple's iOS 14 borrows some features from Android," 23 June 2020 Widgets are also getting a new look, as well as the ability to be dragged from the widget panel to your home screen. Wired Staff, Wired, "Here’s Everything Apple Announced at WWDC (So Far)," 22 June 2020 The new home screen allows users to place widgets that sit between the typical grid of apps, Apple said Monday at a virtual conference for developers. Dallas News, "Apple’s iOS14 redesigns the iPhone home screen with new widgets, app library," 22 June 2020 Some of the leaks indicate that Apple will introduce an all-apps view similar in function to the Apple Watch home screen, and that view will have sorting options or allow users to easily see which apps have unread notifications. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "What to expect from WWDC 2020: OS updates, ARM Macs, and more," 19 June 2020 In the new update, users will also be able to pin and resize widgets right on the home screen. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Apple Just Announced New Features For Your iPhone — Here’s What We Love in iOS14," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of home screen

1948, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Home screen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/home%20screen. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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