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Re: [londroid] Beta testers wanted for BBC Weather app

From: Kenton P.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 11:44 AM
Hey, thanks. Probably best to respond off-list with anything further,
but here goes...

> 1. Swiping in from the left displays the navigation drawer, I only expected this when I touch the icon in the action bar. Maybe I'm slightly out of touch with the recommendations here, but this is different to the behaviour I'm used to with the action bar. The new g+ app doesn't work this way, for example.

If Google can ever force their rogue G+ team to obey Android design
guidelines, we'll be laughing :-) Check out recent updates to Play
Books, Play Music, and Google Drive - these all use Android's fabby
new Navigation Drawer to which you refer. We've had a lot of feedback
so far that the "burger menu" (the three horizontal lines) is too
small - yet this is exactly how it's meant to be done in the brave new
Navigation Drawer world revealed to us less than three weeks ago. I
think we're gonna take a bit of heat on this until more apps follow
suit and users become more familiar with it. Initially I kinda hated
the Navigation Drawer, but actually now I love it - it works better
than any of the earlier third-party side drawers I've tried in the
past, and it makes sense how it dims the background and slide over the

> 2. There are no visual cues on the bottom half of the main activity. Combined with the inconsistent way of getting into and out of the breakdown of times and temperatures - click OR swipe to get in, swipe to get out, this only confuses. I having clicked by accident it wasn't obvious how to get back. Personally I'd remove the click handler so that getting in and out uses the same metaphor, and put a visual cue on the far right to indicate that you can scroll this area.

Actually you can click OR swipe to get out too, by clicking the tab at
the bottom, or the back button :-) In extensive testing, we found 100%
of users discover the hourly temperatures by touching or scrolling the
lower half of the screen. There's certainly a discovery issue of them
then discovering you can expand each of these panes further by
touching them again, and we could use a visual metaphor to indicate
this feature is available. Any ideas? If so please reply to my email

> Nice app!

Cheers! Beta signup is now closed, but there will be one further
update tomorrow - everyone with the beta, please start it tomorrow and
you should be prompted to update to what will basically be the final


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