The idea of creating a remote control app comes from my observation of very common patterns: people spend time locating the remote, have trouble identifying the function of all the buttons, changing its batteries and eventually getting mad at an object that, in my opinion, did its time but should not be around anymore. We all have a smartphone, a smartwatch, a tablet, even a computer readily available! Why not transform the remote into an app? This side project is a lab where I explore interaction patterns between different devices and how an action on a device can impact another device.
I was amazed to see so much frustration online about the controler of our most friendly screen. So many people are having bad experiences with their TV, which definitely gave me a good reason to investigate the problem.
Android TV Launcher rating on Google Play
YouTube for Android TV rating on Google Play
Beside conducting user research on spontaneous occasions, I looked online for as much data as possible to give me enough knowledge to base my work on.
Once both quantitative and qualitative data were compiled, I could analize how remotes work nowadays.
We can easily identify the main trend in remotes, we are getting rid of buttons little by little. Some interaction patterns manage to make it to the newer versions like the D-pad, and new ones emerge the day such as the vocal search button.
Based on my studies and observations I could narrow down the scope of the product to 3 main principles:
This step was really about experimenting with the interface to come up with the best first concept possible.
Thumb coverage of a smarthpone screen, the key of the project is to actually work with this in mind as people are not going to be looking at their remote screen.
Evolution of my experimentations with colors, contrasts and elements positionning.
A first approach to the possible interaction patterns and how every interaction could do different things depending on where you are on your TV.
The interface features main actions on the bottom, a wide browsing zone to keep navigation simple and avoid misclicks, and secondary features at the top.
Search made easy. Have you tried entering your WiFi password with a D-pad before?
The bottom nav bar makes multitasking easy, allowing users to fully exploit the potential of their TV.