Open Bug 1352342 Opened 3 years ago Updated Last year

Activity stream screen is hard to use on large tablets

Categories

(Firefox for Android :: Activity Stream, defect, P5)

defect

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(Reporter: nschubach, Unassigned)

References

(Depends on 1 open bug)

Details

(Whiteboard: [MobileAS])

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User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Android 5.1.1; Tablet; rv:55.0) Gecko/55.0 Firefox/55.0
Build ID: 20170330100130

Steps to reproduce:

Updated Nightly on Android


Actual results:

Was presented with a screen that's pretty atrocious to use on large Tablets.


Expected results:

My commonly used sites should be displayed more prominently.  My previously pinned sites should remain pinned.  Scrolling on the side of the screen should scroll down the list instead of having to scroll only the center of the screen.  Top sites have a hard to hit triple dot menu instead of the previous long press options.  Pinned sites used to show a preview  a of the site.  It's been replaced  by a useless site icon.  This makes pinned pages on the same domain indistinguishable.  The 'highlights' portion is pretty pointless for bookmarking.  Would be better represented in another history tab of the screen.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
Whiteboard: [MobileAS]
Summary: Highlights screen is hard to use → Activity stream screen is hard to use on large tablets
Thank you for your feedback!

We are currently testing this new layout in Nightly with 50% of our user base. There are still some rough edges and things we want to improve before actually releasing this. So input like this is helpful!

Note that you can enable/disable this at any time in "Settings -> Advanced -> Experimental features -> Activity Stream" as long as we are running the experiment and are still tweaking things.
Priority: -- → P3
Priority: P3 → P2
Flags: needinfo?(abenson)
Flags: needinfo?(abenson)
Summary: Activity stream screen is hard to use on large tablets → [UX] Activity stream screen is hard to use on large tablets
Hi Aaron, just checking in the new tablet mocks - we didn't add new tablet layout to the current sprint though, so there should be an extra two-week buffer if it's needed.
Flags: needinfo?(abenson)
Assignee: nobody → bbell
Flags: needinfo?(abenson)
After a recent update the activity screen came back and the option is no longer there to turn it off. I just can't use this tiny screen with generic icons stuck in the center.  Thumbs on tablets people!!  I also want to see the screen preview of the page I was on and not have historical summaries of pages I was on listed below them.
Priority: P2 → P3
If the tablet mocks are done, can we get them added to this bug?
Flags: needinfo?(bbell)
Flags: needinfo?(abenson)
Bryan, Aaron: here's a screenshot of what tablet looks like on a 10" landscape Nexus 10 (emulator).
The solution should be straight forward. Widen the screen until all 16icons are exposed (no swipe necessary). Then expand the central column to the width of the Top-Site icons. 

Example: https://mozilla.invisionapp.com/share/ERD8HDKAQ#/250740562_New_Tab_-_Tablet
Flags: needinfo?(bbell)
Flags: needinfo?(abenson)
That mock-up glosses over a pretty important use case though... multiple links to the same site which is there the screen grabs of the previous session and bigger icons helped.  Having it use the site icon just leaves you trying to figure out from the text what the bookmark is and sometimes the text is not all that helpful.

Example: The github icons in your mock.  It looks like a copy/paste, but imagine having 2-3 bookmarks on the same site, but different urls (maybe a profile page, a forum, and a front page)  With the current functionality, they all look the same.  Just a plain site icon with some words under it.

Example 2: What If I'm watching several ebay auctions and I decide to bookmark them all so I can easily keep tabs.  If I have the page preview, I can see quickly what item it's for and don't have to guess based on the partial url.
(In reply to Nick Schubach from comment #7)
> That mock-up glosses over a pretty important use case though... multiple
> links to the same site which is there the screen grabs of the previous
> session and bigger icons helped.  Having it use the site icon just leaves
> you trying to figure out from the text what the bookmark is and sometimes
> the text is not all that helpful.

Thanks for your feedback. A few things that might help:

1) When a url has a path (e.g. google.com/search as opposed to google.com), the top sites title text is the page title rather than the domain so they're distinguishable though it's still "just a plain site icon with some words under it"

2) We hope to add screenshots instead of site icons for urls with paths: bug 1389259. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to make it into 57 due to time constraints.

3) Since it's rather difficult to fit everyone's use cases with our title/icon algorithms, the ultimate goal is to allow users to add custom titles and urls to top sites: bug 1394534. Unfortunately, this is also unlikely to make it into 57.
All open Activity Stream bugs are moving from the whiteboard tag, "[mobileAS]", to the Firefox for Android component, "Activity Stream", so that I can keep better track of these bugs as the new triage owner; I will send out an email shortly with additional details, caveats, etc.
Component: Awesomescreen → Activity Stream
Mocks are in comment 6 so this is open for engineering and no longer needs to be assigned to UX.
Assignee: bbell → nobody
Summary: [UX] Activity stream screen is hard to use on large tablets → Activity stream screen is hard to use on large tablets
Make sure you fix bug 1417371 as part of fixing this one!
Depends on: 1417371
No longer depends on: 1417361
Re-triaging per https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1473195

Needinfo :susheel if you think this bug should be re-triaged.
Priority: P3 → P5
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