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Why z-order shuffling in home-screen? [not relevant]

asked 2014-06-29 03:39:40 +0300

veeall gravatar image

updated 2014-07-12 17:04:08 +0300

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1) I see it as a rudiment from the time begotten. Can't see any positive usability in having covers shuffled by z-order, last used cover jumping to topleft.

Last active app could have glow or any other visual indicator, but always shuffling the placement just makes impossible memorizing the location of covers. Covers could easily stay at the order they were launched and ideally also be manually sortable.

2) Z-ordering of launcher icons is causing unwanted shuffling of icons on every customization of a location of a single app launcher. To remedy this, icons at homescreen could be sorted vertically, having, for example, four columns of icons, each column having any number of app launchers (and no z-order icon placement adjustments of any kind between the columns).

While these are minor things, i think these changes should improve overal usability and should maybe be considered.

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The question has been closed for the following reason "question is not relevant or outdated" by veeall
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Full ACK, though this might be a duplicate to that: https://together.jolla.com/question/428/fixed-sorting-of-application-covers-on-home-screen/

ibins ( 2014-06-29 08:50:32 +0300 )edit

Pinning in my case could ensure that an app cover is prioritiezed to always appear on topleft position, even when started later than other apps.

veeall ( 2014-06-29 21:13:53 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-06-29 12:52:08 +0300

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As long as there is no way to get the 10th app up front there is a usability gap in your request.

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Right, but this could be changed as well. I come from webOS where cards (=apps) could be selected with a long press and moved around (eg. into stacks, which with the current grid view in Sailfish wouldn't make sense unfortunately.) The tenth+ app is a separate problem - though there is a patch for that in Warehouse. It's a design decision by Jolla that could easily be reversed/altered any time to adapt to a new grid order system.

Bimberle ( 2014-06-29 13:37:41 +0300 )edit

If this would be implemented, the 10th app could simply open a new launcher page.

hardcodes.de ( 2014-07-01 14:05:19 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-06-29 14:16:41 +0300

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Many posts already discussed this and similar points:




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They don't suggest canceling automatic z-ordering of covers nor homescreen icons. But i see many have noticed also this bit of usability dificite in homescreen ui.

veeall ( 2014-06-29 21:22:35 +0300 )edit

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