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Launcher: automatically categorise apps

asked 2015-03-09 17:29:40 +0200

dhardy gravatar image

I'm not enormously fond of Jolla's current app launcher: a grid of icons (some very distinctive, some not, and folders with rather undistinctive icons). I also don't like manually organising apps. Yes, I know this is what IOS and Android and everyone else does; it doesn't mean that it's good!

What I'd like:

  1. a favourites section for a small number of apps I select
  2. a self-organising categorised tree (or tag) view of all apps
  3. a search field

This could even fit into one screen on the Jolla phone: two rows of favourites, one row of top-level categories (opening sub-views), and a keyboard for search.

Take a look at some of the free-desktop launchers (especially KDE's, also GNOME's, but not Unity's): they have all this functionality.

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I think, this could be having more categories in Harbor store itself and group based on that?

anandrkris ( 2015-03-10 07:15:23 +0200 )edit
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Something like that. It might be worth comparing freedesktop's Desktop Entry and Menu specifications.

dhardy ( 2015-03-10 11:10:48 +0200 )edit

@anandrkris yes, see my question and the reference to the N900 app 'catorise': https://together.jolla.com/question/47686/option-sort-apps-into-folders-according-to-how-they-are-categorized-in-jollastore/

tad ( 2015-06-13 11:48:55 +0200 )edit

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answered 2015-03-09 18:01:52 +0200

r0kk3rz gravatar image

Jaakko Roppola (Senior Designer at Jolla) recently blogged about this very topic and came up with some similar ideas.

http://jaakkoroppola.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/breaking-application-grid.html

Whilst this is Jaakko's own blog and does not necessarily mean that such things will make it into SailfishOS, its clear that he agrees with your sentiments that having a big grid of uncategorised icons is bad design and will no doubt be promoting better ideas internally.

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yes great idea, i want this, perhaps organised on most used. a search would be good too

madcheeze ( 2015-03-12 17:20:28 +0200 )edit
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