Max Rudberg has merged the concept of the living home screens of Windows Phone and Android with the iPhone to create a very interesting take on expandable app icons in iOS. Max’s description of the idea’s overall functionality is both efficient and space saving:
In this concept, an app icon can be resized from 1×1 to 2×2 or 4×2, similarly to how you would on Windows Phone 8. The increased size can house widget like functionality and provide easy access to core features of that particular app. For example, you could expand the Settings icon into a widget with a brightness slider, and quick toggles for WiFi, Bluetooth, Personal Hotspot and Do Not Disturb.
The newfound space could also be used to give a miniaturized window into the app, showing content already on the home screen. This could be useful for Phone, Messages or Mail. Instead of a glaring red badge, you’d be able to see the messages or calls directly on the home screen.
Although we will probably never see this exact concept on iOS, it’s always nice to see what would happen if product-worlds collide.