I like the layout. It is similar to the original app (which I am still on)
I find the new app unusable due to the frequent crashes, slow execution and the inability to find all the devices I wish to see in a single place.
I hope they see your layout but I am not holding my breath on any changes coming. Someone at SmartThings really thinks their new app with its design is great and decided it is their new direction. The day I am forced to use it will probably be the day I look for some other solution. I am hoping someone out there is designing a better app to replace the SmartThings v2 app.
(ActionTiles.com co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy)
Version 6 of SmartTiles (under development) is using material design where possible, though initial release will focus on the current tile grid view its users love.
The underlying engine will be able to serve different presentation layers. First we add themes and skinning, and then,… Well, the design above is likely possible. Heck, we should bring @samwang to the project!
but… There’s no API from SmartThings for configuration commands (add Devices, display their sub-tiles, install and configure SmartApps…), so nobody can actually replace the SmartThings App. SmartTiles aims to handle the daily routine monitoring and basic controls. The stuff people do most often, unless they are super automated.
I would love to be a part of the SmartTiles effort. I obviously use the Smartthings App 2.0 but I have one tablet on a stand running SmartTiles which is my central command for everything smart in the house. I know how important SmartTiles is to my smart home setup. Here are some of my ideas
SmartThings App really is just a setup app because I have heard someone say along the lines of “the best home automation products are the ones that stay behind the scenes.” I love the SmartApps that I have setup because it automates the parts that I want (although the process probably can be a little streamlined).
There should be a separate app that runs the all the switches and everyday status, which SmartTiles does wonderfully. I think that is the smartest way it’s really two separate functions. Until SmartThings decide to do the right thing and launches SmartTiles as an official control app, I would want to work with the SmartTiles guys and create something beautiful.
I have no experience in coding but I think I can definitely help in the design process if you would like me to participate. I don’t particularly care for Material Design since I pretty much use all Apple products, but I do wish to design something for the SmartThings community that can allow users to easily control their smart home.