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Design Notes


Sep 24, 2015

Fore more info, go to designnotes.fm This week's episode of Design Notes is with Kevin Barry, the developer behind Nova Launcher. Nova has between 10 and 50 million downloads, a 4.6 star rating, and an unlock key that's routinely in the top 20 paid apps on Google's Play Store (particularly impressive since games show up in the list too). Nova Launcher is immensely popular for its customizability, from a basic "stock plus" experience to making your home screen a fully decorated design piece. Given the scale of Nova as a product, there are tons of interesting points to consider from a product and design perspective, and we talked about many of those on this week's episode. Here's a brief rundown: - Deciding when to adopt or adapt features from Google's stock launcher - Matching functionality while improving or optimizing code - Deciding to keep features that are eventually removed from stock - Deciding when improvements or tweaks should take over as default options - "Just put it in settings" - Knowing when it's okay to remove features - Predicting edge cases and potential problems - Getting feedback from the community - Identifying potential problems and coding defensively - Designing for Android's new runtime permissions - Drawing over other apps in Marshmallow - - Possible security concerns - - Drawing over apps in Wear? - The launcher landscape of the future - - When will we stop needing launchers? - - Judgmental personal assistants with sass