Move tabs button to left and slide out tabs tray as per navigation drawer

RESOLVED WONTFIX

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Firefox for Android
Theme and Visual Design
RESOLVED WONTFIX
4 years ago
7 months ago

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(Reporter: Paul [pwd], Unassigned)

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ARM
Android
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Description

4 years ago
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux i686; rv:28.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/28.0 (Beta/Release)
Build ID: 20131121065529

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In what would almost be a full 360 back to the days of XUL Firefox, I'm suggesting that the tabs drawer should move to the left of the screen to fall in line with how tabs are handled on tablets and this would also be consistent with Google's own (very popular) navigation drawer design guideline.
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Updated

4 years ago
OS: Linux → Android
Hardware: x86 → ARM
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Updated

4 years ago
Severity: normal → enhancement
Paul, are you talking about the phone browser UI? What would be your rationale for making a change like this, other than the similarity to tablets?
Severity: enhancement → normal
OS: Android → Linux
Hardware: ARM → x86
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Comment 2

4 years ago
Yes Ian, I'm indeed thinking about the Fennec phone UI. It's about cohesion, not only with the tablet UI but with the rest of the platform where navigation at the top left is a key principle of the Android platform. Minimising the learning curve and ensuring similarity across the platform should (at least IMO) be a goal for Firefox. I believe that synergy in our approach can only serve as benefit to the product and the end-user. Especially considering the popularity of the Navigation Drawer which is used by Google Play, Kindle, Gmail, Email (KitKat+), PayPal, Foursquare and Flickr just to name a few highly visible apps.
It's worth considering. I should mention, though, that we're planning a tablet browser refresh, part of which may do away with sidebar-based tab navigation. Between that and the fact that the left drawer, while popular on android, is a real ergonomic pain for right handed users of large phones (the top left corner is about as far away from your thumb as you can get), I can't say I'm 100% sold on this approach. 

Having said all that, we can keep your option in mind when we get to a point where we want to revisit our phone tab structure (something I hope for us to do in 2014).
 
> Having said all that, we can keep your option in mind when we get to a point
> where we want to revisit our phone tab structure (something I hope for us to
> do in 2014).


Hi! What's the status of this?
Flags: needinfo?(ibarlow)
(In reply to Teodora Vermesan (:TeoVermesan) from comment #4)
>  
> > Having said all that, we can keep your option in mind when we get to a point
> > where we want to revisit our phone tab structure (something I hope for us to
> > do in 2014).
> 
> 
> Hi! What's the status of this?

We're going to start brainstorming designs soon. The way we've been talking so far, though, it's fairly unlikely that the new tab interface will use a 'tab drawer' as is being suggested here.
Flags: needinfo?(ibarlow)
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Updated

3 years ago
Blocks: 1057995
OS: Linux → Android
Hardware: x86 → ARM
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Updated

3 years ago
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 3 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
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Updated

3 years ago
See Also: → bug 1070938

Comment 6

7 months ago
I've seen a few 3-4 year old suggestions that were marked as WONTFIX. Is there a chance you could reconsider this now that Photon redesign is happening? Today's flagships are a full inch larger than they were 3-4 years ago. Fennec is one of the few browsers that I've tried that requires two handed navigation. Several Chromium based browsers have either switched to bottom address bar, or added an option to swipe the left/right edge to open specific elements. Chrome will follow suit soon.
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