Open Bug 1389259 Opened 3 years ago Updated 2 years ago

Use screenshots for pages in Top Sites for low res icons or non-root domains

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

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Android
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(Reporter: mcomella, Unassigned)

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(Whiteboard: [mobileAS])

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I spoke to bbell on Slack: our top sites titles will be "subdomain.domain" (bug 1386902) which can make can make it hard to disambiguate multiple pages from the same domain (e.g. https://github.com/mozilla-mobile/focus-android and https://github.com/mozilla/firefox-ios/). One way to help disambiguate are screenshots from the page.

When the top site is a page (e.g. https://github.com/mozilla-mobile/focus-android), we should show a screenshot. When the top site is a domain (e.g. https://github.com/) we should show our high-res favicons, as per the current mocks. According to bbell, this is what desktop is doing.

We should try this out and get UX feedback on how it looks (before investing too heavily).

This code already exists from old top sites so it should be relatively quick to build a prototype - investigate ThumbnailsLoader [1].

[1]: https://dxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/rev/4c5fbf49376351679dcc49f4cff26c3c2e055ccc/mobile/android/base/java/org/mozilla/gecko/home/TopSitesPanel.java#789
Summary: Use screenshots for pages in Top Sites → Use screenshots for pages in Top Sites for low res icons or non-root domains
I'll let AS team to triage this bug
As per bug 1388396 comment 4, we may also want to do this when we can't find a nice icon.
Depends on: 1388396
We'd like the experience to be consistent across devices and this is what desktop is doing.
Priority: -- → P2
tracking-fennec: ? → ---
Priority: P2 → P3
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: General → Activity Stream
Duplicate of this bug: 1462597
Hi. In Bug 1462597 I argued that it's better to always use screen shots instead of single letters or even favicons.

See example homepage:
https://bug1462597.bmoattachments.org/attachment.cgi?id=8976930

Compared to example tabs (same pages):
https://bug1462597.bmoattachments.org/attachment.cgi?id=8976932

I did notice there is a size difference:
* Tabs thumb: ~450x340px (on 1920 x 1080 phone)
* Homepage thumb: ~230x230px (on 1920 x 1080 phone)

But I would rather have 6 larger thumbs then 8 that are not really useful (not easily distinguishable).
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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