Mobile Application Redesign
UX Case Study
Introducing a new user experience to the Google Home application that allows for quick access to key functions.
How can the user interface be further optimized on the landing page to allow for ease of access to key features?
Mobile Application Experience
September 2021 - October 2021
The Problem at Hand
The Google Home mobile application enabled users to set up and manage a range of smart devices all within a single application. One of the friction areas that I have identified as a user of the Google Home app is the UI of the homepage. I wish the application provided more information on active devices and services directly on the homepage. Additionally, it would be helpful to include a “quick-add” feature for smart devices if they are locally recognized within a home.
Introducing activity modules that would allow for quicker access to currently active and inactive features. A horizontal scrolling menu is also implemented into the new design at the top of the application to easily switch between designated modules. Each screen contains key interactions that are most frequently used by Google Home users.
Before committing to any designs, I first conducted user research on the existing Google Home mobile application. Through review analysis, I was able to compile a list of pain points that had not been addressed yet by the app. The objective of my redesign is to provide a better experience of the Google Home app for its users, such as myself. After my research had been finalized, I determined a research statement and moved on to ideating on potential UX implementations that can be added to the existing interface.
A horizontal scrolling menu and an activity module were introduced as part of the new user experience on the Google Home mobile application.
Ideation & Prototyping
To begin, I first created user flows of the current user experience on the application using the physical screens. I then pinpointed the friction areas that can be improved on. Afterward, I created a newly revised user flow and sketched out potential designs that can be used for the implementation. The sketches were then digitized into mid-fidelity wireframes. I was also given the opportunity to gather feedback on my designs prior to moving on to high-fidelity wireframing. After all the designs were finalized, the prototype was then created using the Figma platform. Scroll to see prototype recording
Horizontal Scroll Menu
Access all compatible-connected home products like lights, cameras, thermostats, and more with a swipe of a button.
Understand what’s going on at home with a glance. Manage the activity of your home features using the new overview.
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