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#PMChallenge - Social Media Hub

  1. FernandoRocker Donut Feb 7, 2019

    FernandoRocker, Feb 7, 2019 :
    Who are the users?
    The Social Media Hub can be used by all OnePlus users, and it is very convenient for people who uses several social media apps.

    What is the proposed function?
    Traditional mobile operating systems such as iOS and Android present a unified view of email, messaging and social media notifications, but users must open individual applications to respond. With the Social Media Hub, users can reply to emails and texts and post updates to social networks all from the same interface.

    The Social Media Hub is an element on the Shelf.

    What is the user value?
    It's a simple way to keep all of social media apps in one place. Nearly 80% of social media time is now spent on mobile devices, so having an easy and fast way to manage social media apps would be a great feature for the user. Even Parallel Apps could be added to the Social Media Hub.

    If there are existing comparable functions in the smartphone industry, how is your proposed feature superior?
    BlackBerry OS had a similar functionality called BlackBerry Hub, but it was mostly designed for business users (email, calendar, contacts), and it was exclusive to their own devices. They recently released the BlackBerry Hub as an Android app, but it requires a monthly fee.

    The Social Media Hub for the OnePlus offers superior performance by being directly integrated into the OS and not as a third party app, which would offer better integration.

    Explain the logic behind this product and how you want it to be implemented.
    • The Social Media Hub should be integrated directly into the OS. It should be capable of switching between pinned apps as fast and seamless as possible, and the icons should be capable of showing notification dots.
    • Apps in the Social Media Hub should stay in RAM, so they never reload.
    • The Social Media Hub should be resizable and scrollable.
    • Official apps from the Google Play Store need to be installed before being able to add them to the Social Media Hub. The apps launched from the Social Media Hub are the exact same apps from the app drawer, but they will launch in a small floating windowed mode (similar to PiP). No functionality lost for the app user/developer.

    Include directions and details via diagram sketches. Draw each screen and show the flow from screen to screen.

    1. The user must swipe to the left to open the Shelf. The Social Media Hub is at the top, but it can be removed if the user doesn't want to use it. On first use, the Social Media Hub will display the following message:

    No social media apps added
    User must press the Edit icon (pencil) to add their favorite social media apps to the Social Media Hub.
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    2. After pressing the Edit button, the user is directed to the Edit screen. From here, the user can drag and drop their favorite social media apps from a list to the Add Items field. The Available Social Media Apps field will only display installed apps. The user can also press the Add More Social Media Apps button at the bottom of the screen to open the Google Play Store and install more social media apps.
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    3. Once the apps are added to the Add Items field, user can hold and drag to rearrange or remove items. Press the Back button to return to the Shelf with the selected social media apps.
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    4. In the example below, we see that the user added WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat to their Social Media Hub. We can also see that the user has notification dots for Twitter and Snapchat. The user is currently using WhatsApp (notice the arrow pointing to the active app).
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    5. Here we can see the user switching to Facebook. Apps in the Social Media Hub should be keep in RAM, and never reload; app switching should be instantaneous and seamless.
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  2. albertts Donut Feb 11, 2019

    albertts, Feb 11, 2019 :
    Sounds good, doesn't work.

    I've always dreamed about feature like this for years, but sadly I don't think this can happen, because companies like Facebook or Viber want you to open their messaging app to show you ads. With this function you hit them right in the pockets and that's why they will never let that feature happen :(((
     

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  3. FernandoRocker Donut Feb 11, 2019

    FernandoRocker, Feb 11, 2019 :
    The Social Media Hub would be basically a small app launcher inside the Shelf.

    • Official apps from the Google Play Store need to be installed before being able to add them to the Social Media Hub. The apps launched from the Social Media Hub are the exact same apps from the app drawer, but they will launch in a small floating windowed mode (similar to PiP). No functionality lost for the app user/developer.
     
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  4. Sridhar Ananthanarayanan Lollipop Feb 11, 2019

    Sridhar Ananthanarayanan, Feb 11, 2019 :
    Why a “social media hub” and not a “always running apps”, which will do exactly what you are saying but won’t be limited to social media apps?
     

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  5. FernandoRocker Donut Feb 11, 2019

    FernandoRocker, Feb 11, 2019 :
    In theory, yes. You could add any kind of hub. You could even rename the hub to your liking:

    • Social Media Hub
    • Business Hub
    • Photo Editing Hub

    But sometimes you need to think on the simplicity for the user and also marketability. That's why I focused on a Social Media Hub; the main use of the phones for most users around the world is social media usage.
     
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