Over 25 million active Outlook.com users and they said they are ready for Gmail user to switch – with this low quality app.
I really disappointed with this surprising move since they did a really great job in SkyDrive app in Android. Seriously, it’s not rocket science to craft a beautiful and usable email app with Microsoft identity. They invested heavily in UI/UX for their new product lines, but yet they failed to understand the importance of Aesthetic-Usability Effect.
What I really hope to see when I run the outlook.com app:
But what I see today with the current app (usually I don’t post these):
What do you think? Just feed me with any idea or suggestion you have!
I have been thinking to redesign Google Finance app for a quite some time since I think all Google apps should have at least adapted to Holo Style UI, and I think there are still quite some number of users for the app (unfortunately not me because it doesn’t support share market of Malaysia), but I didn’t quite find the time for it. However, last Android Design in Action episode has put up a challenge to all Android developers/designers for some redesigned screens of any current apps, and that motivated me to continue working on this redesign despite of the really packed schedule.
The current Google Finance app is really ugly, which looks like a web-app rather than a native app. The graph is not loaded at the proper size, old Android UI elements are still there, and the ugly legacy action overflow. Therefore a redesign is definitely required. And the objective is pretty straight forward: Make it a clean and nice app to be used by every user levels. Therefore I tried to preserve the familiarity so the existing user will not have to re-learn the new UI while still providing a refreshed UI compliant to Android Design Guideline. Here’s my take:
What do you think? Shot me in the comment box 🙂
If you want to see some comparison shots between the current version and my redesigned version, I have posted them in my G+, feel free to comment there as well!
During the 25 billion app downloads celebration at Google Play Store, I noticed mSecure – Password Manager was in the 25 cents list, and after I reviewed the screenshots, I immediately buy it – not to use it (at this moment), but to redesign it. It really surprised me when I found out the app is actually selling at $9.99 with this pretty dated and ugly user interface (and possibly bad user experience).
So I started to play around with the app, and as expected, I got really frustrated using the app even though I am just trying to do some simple stuffs – a redesign is definitely required. I start sketching using my GUI Sketching Kit and transfer my sketching to the digital version, and it was pretty fun! It turns out to be pretty inspiring, and I am actually thinking to work with some great developers to make this design a real working app (Any taker? Let me know if there is such possibility!).
Anyway, below are all the mock ups for the redesign:
What do you think? Do you like this redesign? Hit me with your comments/suggestions/critiques!
Early this month, BitTorrent Inc. decided to release the native µTorrent app to the Play Store, and I must say I am pretty shocked by the app design. It’s horrible. Immediately after that, Holo There looked into it and did a quick redesign of the app and it looks quite nice.
I was thinking to do a redesign of it after their official release, and now I finally did the redesign after playing around with it for some time to understand most, if not all, of the features in the app. Below shots are my redesigned µTorrent app (5 shots):
My redesigned µTorrent app has a pure Android Design and Holo themed with the heavy use of its’ brand color. It make full use of the notification center of Jelly Bean which allows quick actions and individual torrent control (Resume, Pause, Stop) is possible in the main screen.
What do you think of my redesigned µTorrent? Feel free to let me know 🙂