Just to add my two cents, I started with the V2 hub and have never used the previous layouts, but a lot of the older stuff looks a lot more usable to me than the current app.
First, I will say that I like some of the things the latest app update did (grouping smartapps and automations makes sense). The Marketplace also works well as is.
Now, as for improvements… I definitely think the Notifications section needs to be more obvious, so maybe having that on the dashboard where I can see the last few notifications would be great (this should be an option, not mandatory). Also, I don’t think “Family” makes a lot of send where it is under “Home”. I would much prefer having family moved into a dashboard group or in a “contact book” location similar to where the “notifications” tab is now. I have seen some screenshots that you guys started working on something like that.
In place of where “Family” is now, I would love to be able to have groups… different from “rooms” that would allow for things like doors, windows, plugs, lights, motion sensors, etc to be grouped how I want to group them. This type of thing would also make sense to have on the dashboard.
I love that the current Dashboard shows me an overview of the status of motion sensors and door and window sensors. Having those items condensed into groups and having the option to only show “open/active” sensors would be great so I wouldn’t have to sort through a huge list of items. Also, I would love the ability to interact with locks/doors that I can control directly from this menu. So if something is open I can close it easily/quickly.
I’m not a GUI designer, so I can’t give a lot of feedback as to how it should look, but I can give a few suggestions as to what I’d like to see:
- usable, it has to make sense and have the most important information up front, I expect “Dashboard” to be a high level overview that provides quick access to other things… right now it’s just SHM… that doesn’t make sense (and it has to load in a reasonable amount of time… right now it’s pretty slow)
- customizable, right along with suggestion number 1, everyone is going to consider different information important, so the option to enable/disable certain things is key here… grouping/ungrouping items and sorting groups/items in specific ways would be useful
- landscape mode