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GW2 Extended Experience (CONCEPT Android App)

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Kemwer
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Posted On: 06/08/2013 at 10:33 PM
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Hello guys. Not sure if this is the best forum to post this, but I suppose it isn't much more than fan-fiction at this point.

You remember when ArenaNet discussed during development that they were working on the so-called Extended Experience, a set of apps for smartphones and tablets that would enable players to interact with each other even outside the game? That never happened, uh?

Just as a design exercise (I work mostly as a web designer these days, but I find design for mobile intriguing) I'm doing the design for a fake version of the app, and would love to hear your feedback on this preliminar layout.

My idea here was to put some of the features I would like to see in such an app. I tried to stick with a flatter design as per usual on Android, but still retain the visual identity ArenaNet established on their website, game and other media. Icons are 100% placeholders at this stage.

Since this is my first design for an Android app, I wanted to hear what you guys think of the general feel, the coherence with the general feel of modern Android apps, and such. I posted it as a GIF just to make it easier, I can post static images later if anyone is interested. Additionally, I would love to hear what features you would like to see on the app, and I'll try my best to include them on my layout when possible.

Thanks a lot for any comments.



» Edited on: 2013-07-22 20:24:04

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Replied On: 06/08/2013 at 11:18 PM PDT

This really awesome!! I'd love to give this a go. You should add a leaderboard in there so that you can compare progress with friends. Also a news feed would be cool for both the guild and for GW if possible. Great job so far. Can't wait to see more of it :)

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Replied On: 06/09/2013 at 01:04 AM PDT
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Well, just keep in mind, it is a fake app, I'm not actually developing an app (I struggle enough with my Wordpress themes, Android coding is way out of my league), just designing one as an exercise. The leaderboard and a news feed are really good ideas, I'll see if I can add those to the project later. Thanks :)

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Replied On: 06/09/2013 at 10:04 AM PDT
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The api is very limited atm. Until oauth gets added most of that info will be inaccessible.

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Replied On: 06/09/2013 at 10:09 PM PDT
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Here's a small update on the design. I recreated most of the icons to resemble the ones in-game, and added a very basic map (no specific functionalities on that yet) and the Leaderboard. Direct link to album Foghladha The api is very limited atm. Until oauth gets added most of that info will be inaccessible. Yeah, from my understanding it is not possible at all to any third-party developer to create an app with the level of detail my design would require. That's why I'm working at this more of an exercise of "how would an official app from ArenaNet look like".

» Edited on: 2013-06-09 22:20:31

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Replied On: 06/20/2013 at 07:00 PM PDT
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This didn't see to gather a lot of interest here, but I thought I at least should keep it updated. This is how far I went with the layout:

Direct link to album

I could still use some feedback on what could be improved or added, if anyone has suggestions or other constructive criticism.

Thanks.



» Edited on: 2013-06-20 19:01:12



» Edited on: 2013-06-20 19:04:00

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Replied On: 06/23/2013 at 09:39 PM PDT
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Wow, you put a lot of work into this!  What a fantastic job you did too!  I'd actually pay for this application on my phone.  It would be so amazing if that were a real app.  I also wish there was a mobile version of this website/forum.

Perhaps there could also be a way to interact with the Black Lion Trading Company?

Edit:  I see now that there is a TP option on it.  If it allows previews and purchases/listings, than that would be amazing.



» Edited on: 2013-06-25 05:15:40

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Replied On: 06/26/2013 at 12:07 PM PDT
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Thanks a lot :)

I didn't get around to design the Trading Post view yet, but it's on my plans. This particular design is for a "dream app" with everything I could possibly want from an official app, but I'm actually debating with some people if we can work on a real app using the existing APIs.

Some things are impossible until they have authenticated APIs available, but I do have some ideas that can be done today and would go beyond just "displaying" information, and go a little deeper than something official from ArenaNet would probably go. Let's see how that goes.

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Replied On: 07/01/2013 at 01:49 AM PDT
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You were mentioned on reddit.com/r/guildwars2  here.

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Replied On: 07/05/2013 at 11:39 PM PDT
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Oh, wow. This is pretty awesome!! Thanks for bringing it to my attention. :)

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Replied On: 07/20/2013 at 12:26 AM PDT
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Actually the title [Fake App] is the only reason I hadn't seen this sooner Kem.  I just dismissed the thread as a phishing alert.

 

Great design though, you definitely have a talent for it.

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Replied On: 07/22/2013 at 08:25 PM PDT
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That's a good point. I renamed the thread, just in case.

Thanks for the heads up, and the compliment. :)

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