When browsing, tapping the URL bar should bring up something more useful

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4 years ago
4 years ago

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(Reporter: antlam, Unassigned)

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4 years ago
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Current use case:
 - User is browsing a website on Android
 - User decides to change sites/ search something
 - User taps URL bar
 - Keyboard comes up
 - Sees 4 of the top sites 

After discussing with Lucas, there seems to be a disconnect between tapping the URL bar and seeing 4 of the top sites boxes above the keyboard. It seems that those 4 boxes maybe aren't quite that useful nor relevant ATM. 

We understand the idea behind showing something along the lines of quick shortcuts to sites they visit often/ find useful so that will be one of the priority items.

I'd like to explore what else we could possibly show to the user that would be both of better and more useful.
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Comment 1

4 years ago
Mark, 

I think you have strong opinions about these top sites so we could definitely use your feedback (and telemetry data :) here heh

Comment 2

4 years ago
We have telemetry data for the top sites tiles, but it would be interesting to know whether users hit those sites in a new tab or after tapping the urlbar. Maybe we can do something with sessions to gather this data.
(In reply to :Margaret Leibovic from comment #2)
> We have telemetry data for the top sites tiles, but it would be interesting
> to know whether users hit those sites in a new tab or after tapping the
> urlbar. Maybe we can do something with sessions to gather this data.

Yeah, I would love to get more context around what users do after tapping on the urlbar. I feel we should move towards something that feels simpler and more focused on search when you tap on the urlbar -- while still allowing users to easily access about:home if they want.
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Comment 4

4 years ago
NI-ing Mark for some insight and possibly getting some data if we don't already have any
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As Margaret said, we have UI Telemetry for this. You can see the data here: http://people.mozilla.org/~mfinkle/uitelemetry/

Look under the "Load URLs" tab. The "griditem" Method shows Extras from "0" to "8" which correspond to the position for taps on history thumbnails. Also, the "suggestion" Method, with numerical Extras are also taps on suggested sites in the thumbnails.

These numbers are both "in the home page" and "in the awesomescreen", but we can add a flag to filter any event that happens while the awesomescreen is open. I'll add it and run the data soon. That will let you see the same "griditem" and "suggestion" data during the awesomescreen or homepage.
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Comment 6

4 years ago
(In reply to Mark Finkle (:mfinkle) from comment #5)
> As Margaret said, we have UI Telemetry for this. You can see the data here:
> http://people.mozilla.org/~mfinkle/uitelemetry/
> 
> Look under the "Load URLs" tab. The "griditem" Method shows Extras from "0"
> to "8" which correspond to the position for taps on history thumbnails.
> Also, the "suggestion" Method, with numerical Extras are also taps on
> suggested sites in the thumbnails.

Thanks Mark! I've taken a look at this - it's a great start.

> These numbers are both "in the home page" and "in the awesomescreen", but we
> can add a flag to filter any event that happens while the awesomescreen is
> open. I'll add it and run the data soon. That will let you see the same
> "griditem" and "suggestion" data during the awesomescreen or homepage.

That would be awesome! It'd help a lot because the intent of the user when they click the URL bar is what would be the most specifically useful here I think.
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