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Today, we have lots and lots of messenger to choose from and they are all spread out into different applications. Facebook messenger, SMS messenger, Skype, and twitter are a few examples. Let say you’re having a chat on Skype with your friend while at the same time you’re also texting your parents and messaging your coworker through Facebook messenger. Switching between the SMS messaging App, Facebook messenger App, and the Skype App is annoying and time consuming and additionally it a waste of storage. This is where Unimessenger come in. Unimessenger is a messaging App that sync up with all the other messenger Apps to one location so you can send, receive, and read your messages with ease without having to switch between Apps.
The core user value of this project is to help the user send messages from various messenger services all within one App instead of multiple messenger Apps.
Develop and design a unique mobile messaging App that would unify all existing messenger service under one App.
Free up storage on user phone Free up user time Better multitasking Easing work flow
ASSUMPTIONS AND RESEARCH
Research are done by looking at characteristic of what make a good messenger app and what make a bad messenger app.
Android base mobile application
UNIFY ALL MESSAGING SERVICES
Unify all messaging services(supported service only) into one home, allowing user to send and receive messages from different services from one clean and easy to use application.
MAIN CENTRAL SOCIAL FEED
A central main feed that pull in conversations from various of sources into one unique location, where user can read and reply to the conversation.
User can filter out messaging services to narrow down the conversation they would like to view.
Along with sending traditional text messages, user can also send and receive media messages such as pictures, videos, emoji, gif, sounds, and other supported files. New files format will be added in future updates.
There will be a central search box that user can use to search conversations, contacts, and settings.
User can add, remove, and edit their contacts within the applications.
ACCOUNT CLOUD SYNC
User contacts, conversations, and settings will be all sync and saved under user account profile. User may opt out on this feature in the settings.
User can read and reply to messages directly from the android notification feed.
LO-FI PAPER PROTOTYPE
TEST ONE RESULT
EARLY TEST COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS
Need more contrast Improve hierarchy Concept are a bit confusing Too much information, screen is crowded
Add on-board process Adjust text hierarchy Add color palettes Change element layout Improve grid layout system Simplify the design
HI-FI PAPER PROTOTYPE
TEST TWO RESULT
EARLY TEST COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS
Color give off a off feeling emotion for the app Push contrast farther Colors are too over powering
Add confirmation screen Adjust text hierarchy Change color palettes Change element layout Improve grid layout system Simplify the design Move to digital prototyping
HI-FI PROTOTYPE V2
TEST THREE RESULT
Added a confirmation alert after connecting with a social network Give contacts a generic name for less confusion during test Reduce color intensity Use android design guide for a unify feel Restyle the overall design New color palettes
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