As a part of the redesign, Slack has overhauled app navigation, including a tab bar on the backside of the display with 4 tabs: Home, DM, @point out and You. The Home tab comprises a listing of prioritized notifications, highlighting direct messages and channels requiring quick consideration.
A full listing of unread notifications reveals up within the devoted Direct Message and @point out tabs. Previously, direct messages had been trickier to entry as a result of they had been positioned in dropdown sidebars in Android and iPhone apps. To view @mentions, customers needed to go to the hard-to-find ‘Activity’ display.
With the redesign each will now be entrance and middle, making it simpler to answer messages from a smartphone.
Slack can be making it simpler to replace private standing on its cellular app. With the “You” tab, a consumer can now shortly swap standing to “away” when wanted or snooze notifications with out digging into the preferences menu display.
Among the opposite modifications are swipe gestures to maneuver between workspace and dialog views, and a brand new compose button. The latter is just like the compose button just lately added to the desktop app, making it simpler to begin writing a message with out first discovering the proper channel or DM.
Users may entry third-party app integrations utilizing a lightning bolt icon, which might be tapped for shortcuts to actions reminiscent of making a ballot or setting a reminder.
“Slack’s redesigned mobile app is a continuation of what they’ve started on their desktop and web clients, all around a central theme of making the interactions with Slack easier, and more streamlined,” stated Micheal Facemire, principal analyst at Forrester.
The redesign ought to make it simpler for customers to maintain observe of quite a few conversations throughout varied channels and direct messages as Slack turns into extra deeply embedded in organizations.
“Slack’s goal is to have as much of your working life spent there as possible. Unfortunately, as that succeeds, the amount of input between ‘conversations,’ moving from one to the next, seeing where I’m needed and what I’ve missed, becomes increasingly painful,” stated Facemire.
“By adding tabs back to the bottom of the experience and more clearly defining group channels from direct messages, they begin to achieve this.”
Although the redesign was wanted, he stated, there may be room for additional enhancements, such because the inclusion of extra private automation.
“For instance, every time you send me a message, I should be highly alerted, and even reminded, so that I respond right away. Yet a message from one of my colleagues that I always respond to late at night would have a different alerting pattern,” Facemire stated. “These types of affordances will do far more than changing the UI, but this is a good first step.”
The cellular app launches at present with the updates out there by way of the Apple App Store and Google Play Store over the subsequent week.
In associated information, Slack’s utility was unavailable for a number of hours Tuesday night time, with user reports on DownDetector.com peaking round 7.56 p.m. ET. Slack noted the issue on its Status site at 8.53 p.m. ET and the problem was resolved at 11.26 p.m. ET.