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Improve the way SailfishOS and Android apps are differentiated in store

asked 2014-02-02 23:11:53 +0200

foss4ever gravatar image

updated 2014-02-03 03:46:20 +0200

In system-update a small icon attached to apps in Jolla Store was introduced to differentiate native SailfishOS and Android apps from each other. It just barely fulfills the requirement of being able see which apps are for which platform. Currently it is implemented in Jolla Store as follows:

  • in start screen and in category views Android apps have a small circle with a green droid figure in middle that is shown in the right bottom corner of the app-icon (SailfishOS app icons are as before).
  • in the application page the platform is shown with a small sailfish or droid icon and name of the OS just below the application name

Problems with this implementation:

  • the droid icon is too small and unclear to identify it as such (in start and category views)
  • if an application is already installed a check-box indicating this overwrites the Android icon in start and category views (and the OS information is lost)
  • there isn't list views for SailfishOS and Android apps respectively
  • users can't search or filter store apps based on the platform

For these reasons better design and clearer implementation to differentiate the OS (SailfishOS / Android) of store apps is needed.

This question can be used to post suggestions as Answer to propose how the current implementation and design shoud be improved and enhanced.

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The distinction should be more clearer and a search for each category is a must as more apps come to the Jolla Store.

TimTTK ( 2014-02-02 23:26:26 +0200 )edit

(depending on what @make really means (see my comment on that question), this question may be merged with "Harbour/Store: improve the browsing and search for new apps", and that question may be rephrased to reflect present situation)

phle ( 2014-02-03 00:31:12 +0200 )edit

I think it's better keep these separated cause this is still focusing on enhancing the visible distinctions between native.and droid apps..There is also clear bug me in the current design as the.droid icon is overwritten by app-installed check-mark. Surr this is about browsing, searching and filtering the apps in store but mainly from the perspective of two different operating-systems. The current implementation is clearly not enough to see in all cases the platform of the apps. Any new proposals and suggestions to improve that can and should be posted here as answers. Thanks.

foss4ever ( 2014-02-03 03:55:16 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-02-07 17:58:04 +0200

00prometheus gravatar image

updated 2014-02-07 18:08:49 +0200

Perhaps a setting to just hide all Android apps in the Jolla store?

I go to the Jolla store only to find Sailfish apps, I prefer to use Google Play/Yandex/etc to find Android apps (they are streamlined for it). This means that the Android apps, though clearly marked, are really just in the way for me in the Jolla Store. However, for those who only use the Jolla Store and never the Android stores, it is useful to have a good mix of apps.

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Agree, only that I don't think Android apps are very clearly marked - the small droid icon is really hard to see and realize what it actually is.. and it gets overwriten when an app is installed with a check-mark.

foss4ever ( 2014-02-07 19:30:03 +0200 )edit

Maybe it could be done so that if you don't have Android support installed, you by default won't see Android apps in the Store? (Of course there should be the setting also.)

ssahla ( 2014-03-21 21:04:06 +0200 )edit

@ssahla That seems like a great idea!

00prometheus ( 2014-03-22 02:05:43 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-02-02 23:20:53 +0200

simo gravatar image

updated 2014-02-03 10:31:47 +0200

It would be nice to see all sailfish apps in the gategories - please add a category "Sailfish" right below "All"

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Good idea. Would not need too much work. Easy and effective solution.

Neo ( 2014-02-02 23:23:59 +0200 )edit

Yes, just title it 'Sailfish' ;)

foss4ever ( 2014-02-03 03:56:59 +0200 )edit

Nice @jjaone, edited :)

simo ( 2014-02-03 10:32:23 +0200 )edit

That is an excellent solution. Would help to prevent Android Apps being loaded by accident:)

richardski ( 2014-02-03 10:49:42 +0200 )edit

There is a problem with this suggestion: If you are someone who doesn't care about the difference between Android apps and Sailfish apps, this will prevent you from seeing all the relevant apps together. The Sailfish apps will all be lumped under "Sailfish", when you are really just looking for something like "Office".

00prometheus ( 2014-02-07 18:06:55 +0200 )edit

answered 2015-04-17 12:21:15 +0200

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just for better identification it would be helpfull if the sailfish icons looked like they should (nice shapes) and android one would have that childish "roundness" of all corners. This way it would be easy to distiguish the platform behind the app.

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