I originally posted this in the Upcoming Visual Updates topic, but I don’t want to detract from the discussion there. I have also fleshed out my ideas a bit more and created a quick and dirty mockup (not taking into account branding, iconography, etc).
So without further ado, if I may be permitted to share some feedback after using the app daily over the last month.
One of my struggles with the (iOS) app is the confusing organization of information. For example, why are my installed SmartApps housed in the “hamburger” menu in the top right. To me, it would make more sense to have installed SmartApps added as a new section in My Home.
Since Marketplace consists of two sections, Things & SmartApps, and we already have two sections of the same name in My Home, why not place Marketplace breadcrumbs in each of those sections in My Home and do away with the dedicated section on the tabbar? Driving everything through My Home will create less confusion as to where to find things.
The “hamburger” menu position in the top right is non-standard (granted more reachable than the top left which is the usual location). I originally recommended this action be moved to the tabbar (as the iOS tabbar supports up to 5 items), however I really think the contents could be disseminated into the rest of the application in more logical locations. Notifications and My Account could be made more accessible, and Mode and Hub status could be moved to Dashboard.
It’s great that routines can be made available in the today/notification panel. It would also be great to see what the current status of your system is (armed away, stay, or disarmed).
Hopefully you find this feedback useful, feel free to use all or none of my ideas. There may be features or nuances I am unaware of, which dictate the organization structure of the current application… I can appreciate that.