Timezone list should be sorted by distance from current location

NEW
Unassigned

Status

Firefox OS
Gaia::First Time Experience
P3
normal
2 years ago
2 years ago

People

(Reporter: sheeri, Unassigned, Mentored)

Tracking

(Blocks: 1 bug, {feature, foxfood})

Firefox Tracking Flags

(Not tracked)

Details

(Whiteboard: [systemsfe])

(Reporter)

Description

2 years ago
e.g. if you're in Boston, it should start with UTC-4, and above it have UTC-3 and below it have UTC-5 (or similar, switch above and below if it makes more sense)
Currently, the timezone list is sorted Alphabetically. This is, theoretically, great, but in practice it ends up being a nightmare to find "the nearest timezone to my location", when I'm in a foreign country and 'Whistler' isn't listed. So offering an option other than alphabetical ("Request timezone from cellular network", "Set timezone automatically", etc) would be great.

See also bug 1179317, where I request that we move geolocation permissions ahead of date/time setting so that we can sort timezones by geographical distance from the user's current location.
Component: General → Gaia::First Time Experience
Isn't sorting by timezone offset and selecting the timezone for the current location approximately the same thing?
> See also bug 1179317, where I request that we move geolocation permissions
> ahead of date/time setting so that we can sort timezones by geographical
> distance from the user's current location.

I suspect we wouldn't get geolocation data in time to be useful here, though I could be wrong. We already skip the date/time screen entirely if you have a wifi connection and we've established this already. We then fallback to data provided by the sim card - which *most* of the time should be pretty close. We could certainly try sorting by timezone and see how it plays out. I also think having the GMT offset next to each choice in the picker would be useful. 

I'm marking this as a mentored bug, with the understanding that we would need to UX review a prototype and it might not make the cut.
Mentor: sfoster@mozilla.com

Updated

2 years ago
Priority: -- → P3
Whiteboard: [systemsfe]
QA Whiteboard: [foxfood-triage]
Blocks: 1217277
Keywords: feature
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