Plasma Mobile Design
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manueljlin, Feb 17 2020

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Discussion about early VDG mockups of a possible UI/UX change to Plasma Mobile. What would work, what wouldn't, HIG compatibility, etc.



manueljlin moved this task from Todo to Design on the Plasma: Mobile board.
cblack added a subscriber: cblack.Feb 17 2020, 7:02 PM

FWIW there seems to be general consensus among PlaMo developers that the bottom navigation buttons have to go.
At the last sprint, I fixed behavior in Marble that required the "Close" button, so closing apps can be done from the multitasking screen, like on other platforms.
Switching to the home screen is also available from there, and the multitasking screen itself can be opened by a swipe from the bottom panel.

So, in your mockups you likely want to propose a gesture-based multitasking screen instead.

niccolove added a subscriber: niccolove.EditedFeb 17 2020, 7:18 PM

Absolutely love this one! It would look pretty without the bottom buttons as well. But I did not understand completely, how would you get back to the home screen exactly from the multitasking screen if you remove the bottom buttons?

Some more designs:

niccolove added a comment.EditedFeb 17 2020, 7:45 PM

Just for reference, here's roughly how it would look like to use plasma desktop theme from https://phabricator.kde.org/D27122 for the bottom panel:


and

Not the best, but a beginning

Question: is hardware like the Pinephone able to blur?

Question: is hardware like the Pinephone able to blur?

Falling back to opaque and simple translucent surfaces maintains most of the visual style while being friendlier for weaker hardware

Question: is hardware like the Pinephone able to blur?

Falling back to opaque and simple translucent surfaces maintains most of the visual style while being friendlier for weaker hardware

Sure. I'm just wondering how blur currently performs on said hardware.

I think that the best combo is:

  • Krunner always on top
  • Favourites on the bottom, when you drag them up the app list appear

Just as in: https://youtu.be/8V711Iordo4?t=58

I think that the best combo is:

IMO a top-mounted search bar is somewhat bad design and inconsistent.

In order to access the top search bar, you need to move your hands out of their resting position at the bottom of the screen, which isn't good for navigating the home screen fluidly. iOS gets away with a top-mounted search bar because a swipe anywhere in the screen is able to trigger it, but that gesture is very hard to telegraph and would not be consistent with the rest of KDE's mobile design.

Additionally, KDE mobile apps place controls at the bottom—floating buttons are bottom mounted, drawer handles are bottom mounted, drawer actions are bottom mounted. It's a consistency break to place a
control as essential as a search bar on the top of the screen.

Just to be a miserable contrarian... are we sure that a global search actually is "essential" such that it needs to be accessible from bottom navigation? I actually never use my phone's search feature, ever. I didn't when I used iOS, and I still don't now on Android. Am I just atypical? Or is global search actually not a universally-used thing that needs to be accessible using one of the easiest gestures?

ognarb added a subscriber: ognarb.Feb 18 2020, 7:29 PM

Just to be a miserable contrarian... are we sure that a global search actually is "essential" such that it needs to be accessible from bottom navigation? I actually never use my phone's search feature, ever. I didn't when I used iOS, and I still don't now on Android. Am I just atypical? Or is global search actually not a universally-used thing that needs to be accessible using one of the easiest gestures?

I use KISS launcher in Android and I often use the search bar since the search bar filters the apps available in the launcher (and display matching contact to call). It's quite powerful, but it's more targeted at power users.

I also used KISS until a couple of days ago and the search is great. It searches in contacts, web, etc. Just imagine what krunner could do, searching in files and doing math and conversions! It would be a killer feature.

Feel free to use my experiences and views as the "curmudgeonly old coot who hates smartphones"persona. :)

Just to be a miserable contrarian... are we sure that a global search actually is "essential" such that it needs to be accessible from bottom navigation? I actually never use my phone's search feature, ever. I didn't when I used iOS, and I still don't now on Android. Am I just atypical? Or is global search actually not a universally-used thing that needs to be accessible using one of the easiest gestures?

I'm certainly more of a stereotypical smartphone user than you are and I never use the search thing on my smartphone (since IIRC that's not much more powerful than a normal google search?). I did not even notice that mine is not working at all (probably because I've disabled some google thing). With the power of KRunner I can imagine things being different, at least for those that already know what it offers

What I'd like to see is a matching design for the lock screen pin and SIM pin fields

Current SIM pin (no need to stress how bad it is):

Current lockscreen pin (ignore the top/bottom bars, they are just there because of the test mode):

manueljlin added a comment.EditedMon, Mar 23, 7:40 PM

I was going to share this as a PDF but it's probably better to just share 2x PNG exports





*it's inside the app overview, see the next image

alexde added a subscriber: alexde.EditedMon, Mar 23, 8:01 PM

An impressive job!

manueljlin, what do you think about placing the number row above the letters in the keyboard? I always find it cumbersome to switch back and forth.
Also having more space betwen the keys helps to not hit the wrong ones accidentially. Here's an example I personally find handy and convenient:

ngraham added a comment.EditedMon, Mar 23, 8:20 PM

Those are unbelievably excellent looking mockups! Just beautiful.

I've noticed a couple of errors (old version of the telegram icon in some places, missing app drawer text) already oof

manueljlin, what do you think about placing the number row above the letters in the keyboard? I always find it cumbersome to switch back and forth.

I personally don't use it too often but it would be nice to have that as an option

Also having more space between the keys helps to not hit the wrong ones accidentally. Here's an example I personally find handy and convenient:

I don't really mind if it has more space between keys or not since it probably has the same touch area. (Let's see what the rest of the VDG thinks)

Those are unbelievably excellent looking mockups! Just beautiful.

Thanks :D

divinae added a subscriber: divinae.

@manueljlin Thank you for these excellent mockups!

A few comments/observations/questions, in no particular order:

  • This reverts back to using solid(-ish) backgrounds for most things. This is fine with me and is more aligned with what we do on the desktop, but I'd like to make sure we don't go back to transparent again in two months.
  • Lock screen:
    • I think there is consensus that we want notifications on the lockscreen
    • The current phone lockscreen offers more consistency with the desktop lockscreen. It uses the same clock and shows the wallpaper unblurred until unlocking
    • I'm open for redesigning the pin entry thing. The current free floating buttons would make less sense if we go with the solid background route elsewhere
    • Something that came up during the last lockscreen redesign was the wish for visible button/click target boundaries for usability reasons
    • I'd like to see what happens when unlocking fails, i.e. wrong passcode. I have a PoC animation that shakes the password cirlcles, but I'd like to see what you have in mind
    • I'd like to see a SIM pin field in the same style
  • Notifications:
    • Your notification popup comes quite close to what we currently have, except for some minor things
    • They don't have the close button/timeout indicator. I guess we can live without the former and make them disappear on swipe. For the latter I'm unsure what to do
    • They don't show the app name
    • Your notification history/backlog looks quite a bit different than the current history applet, but I quite like it
  • System UI:
    • Do we still have the pull-up app drawer? If not, how does one get a list of all apps?
    • How do I get to the home screen from the app overview?
    • What does the left button in the app overview do?

This reverts back to using solid(-ish) backgrounds for most things. This is fine with me and is more aligned with what we do on the desktop, but I'd like to make sure we don't go back to transparent again in two months.

Nice! The mockups use the same opacity that the plasma style has (85%), the color (FCFCFC) and also the shadow of a panel (dock, notification bar) so it could work with other themes like desktop plasma would.

The current phone lockscreen offers more consistency with the desktop lockscreen. It uses the same clock and shows the wallpaper unblurred until unlocking

That's true but the lockscreen uses a way too strong shadow for contrast (F8121291) and imho isn't too readable and looks a bit meh. What about removing the shadow by having the same opacity of the plasma theme?


That way it doesn't matter what colors are in the background and the text remains legible

The current free floating buttons would make less sense if we go with the solid background route elsewhere
Something that came up during the last lockscreen redesign was the wish for visible button/click target boundaries for usability reasons

Maybe it can use a keyboard-like layout?


The normal one looks off with a bg:

I think it should either not have a button bg or use the same button style of the normal keyboard

I'd like to see what happens when unlocking fails, i.e. wrong passcode. I have a PoC animation that shakes the password cirlcles, but I'd like to see what you have in mind

I also thought the exact same thing, it would probably work great

I'd like to see a SIM pin field in the same style

Your notification popup comes quite close to what we currently have, except for some minor things
They don't have the close button/timeout indicator. I guess we can live without the former and make them disappear on swipe. For the latter I'm unsure what to do

I think using a close button on notifications for a mobile UI isn't a good idea since swiping to remove it is easier than having to aim for the X button (I know you can swipe it right now even if it has the button but I would remove the button altogether)

They don't show the app name

Oh right, that's not good. It could either be done the way Android does it:


or the way desktop plasma will look soon:

Your notification history/backlog looks quite a bit different than the current history applet, but I quite like it

:D

Do we still have the pull-up app drawer? If not, how does one get a list of all apps?

Yes, I just wasn't sure what was better to do: to keep the dock at the bottom and open the list like a sheet below it or to make the dock be on top of the app drawer.
I've done a couple of

How do I get to the home screen from the app overview?

By swiping up on the gesture bar or tapping the empty area

What does the left button in the app overview do?

The gif only plays when you click it

I have a set of designs that leans more to a bb10/windows 10 mobile aesthetic with some original elements thrown in: