#PMChallenge - Circular Ring folders for App Drawer

  1. balajireddy213
    Cupcake Feb 12, 2019

    balajireddy213 , Feb 12, 2019 :
    Who are the users?

    Everyone who may find it difficult to find their apps in the drawer and search them out of the plethora of apps installed.

    What is the proposed function?

    To organize all the apps in folder rings. The aim is to make an intuitive way of opening apps. You don’t have to search multiple apps to find the required one.

    Although folder wise arrangement exists before and is provided by many third party launchers, the proposed method is a typical one.


    All the folders are in the form of round shaped icons. When you click on a particular folder it will expand to an octal ring structure shown above. Apps are arranged in circular fashion in these rings. This not only gives a clean look but there is an opportunity to add another feature here. Swipe to open an app. Let’s say you’ve clicked on “social” ring, you’ll be presented with the icons in the ring. There is no need to lift your finger and click on other icon, you can swipe in the direction of the app icon and the app opens immediately. This not only reduces the time to open each app but also provides an organized approach for all apps.


    All the apps are smartly categorized by default into their respective categories. However you can move, edit and rename them. We are providing here tons of customization to user the way Oxygen OS always does.

    What is the user value?
    It makes opening apps quite easy and intuitive. Users will no longer need to search for apps.

    If there are existing comparable functions in the Smartphone industry, how is your proposed feature superior?

    The other equivalents like normal folders have the approach of adding all the icons to the folder alphabet wise one after the other. But here it is a circular ring where users swipe on the folder to launch any app which is a feature that almost all the launchers lack.

    Explain the logic behind this product and how you want it to be implemented:

    If there are there are anything less than 4 apps in a ring, the approach will be as follows.


    Gesture Detection:

    Measuring the angle of swipe from center determines the app user wanted to open. For a 360° there are 4 apps, so each app has a range of 90°. Our correction algorithm decides which app user wants to open by finding the angle of swipe


    Image Source:
    Created by me in AutoCAD software

    Angle Range - App to open

    45° and 135° - App1(A1)

    135° to 225° - App2(A2)

    225° to 315° - App3(A3)

    315° to 45° - App4(A4)

    If the user has more than 4 apps that belong to the same category, say 5 to 8 apps, the same approach still applies but this time reducing each app’s range to 45° (Since 360°/8=45°).

    There is an extra setting to enable ring center which has four options to choose from. You can either choose the ‘most used’ app out of all apps (or) select one of the app as ‘favorite’ or always make it appear in the center (or) the ‘recently used’ app to appear in the center (or) ‘none’ to turn off the ring center


    Ring Center
    --> Favorite app
    --> Most frequently used app
    --> Recent app
    --> None

    By turning on the ring center the user can quickly open the center app by double clicking the folder icon.

    Leaving the normal launcher with 5 rows and 4 columns leaves a space for 5x4=20 rings. Each ring can have a maximum of 160 icons. This way there’s hardly a need for another drawer page. But if the user has more rings a new page is created asynchronously.

    The final version should be more or less like this one (Disclaimer:The below image is not created by me, I used it for illustration purpose)


    Image Source: https://dribbble.com/shots/876127-Circular-Dial-Rebound?utm_source=Clipboard_Shot&utm_campaign=contrastblack&utm_content=Circular Dial Rebound&utm_medium=Social_Share

    Does it contribute to a burdenless experience?

    Yes, it does. If you’ve learnt how to touch type, you can type faster since you are typing every key with the same finger every time. In the same manner, when you organize all your apps in this circular ring, you’ll open them by swiping on the folder in same direction every time. Though it has some learning curve, it’ll accelerate your work from then onward.

    How will different parts of the existing OS interact with this new feature?

    It doesn’t interfere with the existing OS, except to uninstall an app by long pressing the icon. Uninstalling an app is separately handled by the tools provided in the options menu.

    What will the user experience be like? Does the current flow result in the optimal user journey?

    Users will embrace the new and fresh look of the launcher with much excitement. Launching your favorite apps by swiping over the folder adds to a much slick experience. It speeds up their work and reduces the hassle of searching the apps. With the increasing RAM, mobiles can now afford much more apps installation, so this is the only optimal way of arranging icons. Every company is doing it, the only thing matters is how they do it.

    Thanks for reading!

    Last edited: Feb 16, 2019