#PMChallenge – Faster and quicker way to access all your apps

  1. c2312
    Cupcake Feb 16, 2019

    c2312 , Feb 16, 2019 :
    Foreword/user pain point:
    Sometimes you are in hurry or just want to access the desired app in one click. You want to make your daily life as fast as possible. How can we make the app discovery much faster without any cognitive load?

    How do we discover/open the app that you want to use at that moment?
    1. From home screen where we tend to keep all the important apps though with default creation of home icon makes it like a cluttered launcher only
    2. Opening the launcher and swiping through it
    3. The search bar at the top of the launcher
    The first method definitely helps you to access any app quickly in one click but when you have a lot of apps it becomes really difficult to find the needed app,

    The 2nd method also has a similar problem of identifying the needed app from a plethora of different apps for which I need to focus on the screen while searching for the app.

    With the 3rd method, you have to go through the whole process of opening launcher then clicking on search bar then typing the keywords to shorten the results and then opening the app.

    Who are the users?
    • Who have a lot of apps on their phone
    • Who find out most apps by its initials either by typing name in Launcher search or swiping through it

    Clear design goal:
    Create a quicker experience by which users can easily access/discover the desired app.

    Design Thinking:
    How do we browse through a lot of data in our day to day life?
    • Contacts by First Alphabet
    • Dictionary/ledger accounting books by First Alphabet
    Solution: Introduce an Alphabet tracker of all on your home screen by which you can easily access the Apps.


    The user can now easily click on the alphabet and access the app from the home screen without opening launcher and typing in the search bar.
    When a user taps on any alphabet the apps starting from that alphabet appears as it happens in case of folders. Users can swipe through alphabets easily to select one.
    1. What should be the position of this? Static or dynamic? - If we keep it static with the choice for users to remove it like bottom 5 apps then it solves for the larger problem statement of easily accessing your apps

    2. What happens when a user changes the background? - We should be able to determine the contrasting color to users’ background and make it to that color while giving a feature to let the user choose their own color for this, though shadows to the text will kind of solve the problem of readability on sorts of backgrounds.

    Dynamic placing like a widget

    PS: These are really rough mockups with a good interaction design this can be the most impactful feature to discover apps easily.

    What is the proposed function?

    A widget to find out apps with its initials on the home screen

    What is the user value?

    It makes users life lightening fast. Helps user to discover the needed apps directly from the home screen.

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

    I haven’t come across this feature in any of the smartphones though initials based browsing currently exist in contact search and hidden in launcher screen at the right side.

  2. LegolasX
    Jelly Bean Feb 16, 2019

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  3. c2312
    Cupcake Feb 18, 2019

    c2312 , Feb 18, 2019 :
    With Launcher a user has to
    1. Open Launcher
    2. Tap to search
    3. Type your first letter or second letter (cause the results are based on contains not alphabetical)
    This involves 4 extra clicks to open the app
    Or another way is
    1. Open Launcher
    2. swipe at the rightmost randomly to figure out where T is and then from the screen full of all apps find out where is the app you are looking for.
    With this solution, you just unlock the screen (face lock ideal) tap on the alphabet, <Boom> your app is there. It's the most efficient way to get your app.

  4. anupritaisno1
    KitKat Feb 18, 2019

    anupritaisno1 , Feb 18, 2019 :
    Good so you don't even know what a launcher is
    And you're promoting face unlock. Even android tells you that it is not secure

  5. anupritaisno1
    KitKat Feb 18, 2019

    anupritaisno1 , Feb 18, 2019 :
    Let me correct that for you

    Take (copy) LineageOS' trebuchet
    Don't even bother to change the font
    Slap a new colour on top of it
    Change it's location from app drawer to home screen

    Done. New feature much? Original idea?

    As for your "original" idea there was a thread on these forums in 2016 that requested exactly the same feature as yours. Had you learnt to use the search button you'd have found it but you didn't