Really beautiful design; it's clear that a lot of thought went into the details. That said, I remain unconvinced that anyone wants a social feed as their home screen. Remember Facebook Home?
In the article, they even say that
One of the details that Hall is surprised people love as much as they have is the small shortcut launcher in the bottom right corner. … "That was more important than I thought it would be.”
To my mind, that's because people didn't find a feed useful as the primary mode of interaction with their device, and wanted an escape hatch back to app-grid world.
Looks like blinkfeed. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.htc.launcher&hl=en
This feels like it encourages even more distraction from getting things done. If anything, a 'Home Screen 2.0' should help people get (actual productive) things done more easily, faster and efficiently, not get distracted easily.
EDIT: Also, like Facebook Home, this posed the problem that having a feed that focuses on photos only looks great if your friends are professional photographers instead of meme resharers.
Maybe I'm too old school at 33, but having social right up in my face as soon as I unlock my phone is exactly what I'm trying to escape from these days.
I'd be much more interested in apps that serve me personally on my home screen (i.e. http://www.meetspencer.com/#/travel-launcher/). Would love to see something like google now as a home screen, rather than a bunch most-likely contextually irrelevant messages and photographs.
Most likely, I'm not their market, but I thought I'd share my thoughts anyhow!
Do you use the Google Now Launcher/GEL? It's not quite Google Now as home screen but makes it that much easier to get to. I personally like it more than things like Aviate or BlinkFeed or whatever, cause I still have that static screen or two with all of my most-used apps, folders, & widgets. (side note: that Travel Launcher project is very interesting)
I'm on Lollipop on my Nexus 5 which I use about 1/5th of the time at work. That has Now as a swipe from the home screen which is pretty great.
I'd love to build that travel launcher with someone but I think I want to get My Bus SF updated on iOS and an Android app out first :-/
I got a link to this a while ago from Oneplus during their christmas giveaway thing. I remember it was clunky and made it feel very difficult to do basic things like launch my podcast app or get to reddit.
Seeing that this was from the same people that made Slidescreen, aka the reason I started booting Android on my Windows Mobile HTC Touch Pro, I am willing to give it another chance.
I really wish they had open sourced Slidescreen. That thing was great and made getting to information super easy.
The initial onboarding has me angry.
- They set their app to be the default launcher when you first open it, even though there is a system level menu to do that. It feels presumptuous and oversteps its bounds. If I've yet to use the app how do I know I want it changing system defaults for me?
- Instead of handing itself off to the Twitter, instagram, feedly, and tumblr apps to authenticate, it takes me to an embedded web flow. This breaks my expectation of how my credentials should be handled. If I've already signed in to the app, they should check there first to just get the authorization instead of sending me to something that may or may not be a legit portal.
Lets hope this gets better as I use it, but I would have uninstalled it immediately if it was any other app.