As some of you have probably noticed, the nightly builds don’t include the horizontal scroll overview – you know, the one that presents your covers in a horizontal carousel of large images (as pictured above). There’s a reason for this: I’m considering removing it completely.
Now, I reckon some of you may be using this although it’s not the default overview setting and I reckon some of you will probably argue that you purchased or downloaded Mizuu solely because of this feature. That’s also why I’m going to ask for your feedback before going any further with this.
I’d like to point out a few of my main reasons for removing it:
- Cover art images in Mizuu are 374 x 600 pixels – that’s large enough for most tablets in landscape, but not in portrait. If I were to use higher resolution images, it’d slow down the loading and speed of the application quite a lot.
- The horizontall scroll component – or the so-called Gallery widget in Android – has been deprecated as of Android 4.1 and the Android developer team advises against using it in applications. It’s inefficient, slow and scrolling doesn’t work as it should. All of this comes straight from the horse’s mouth.
- The scroll view doesn’t really work on smartphones (or TV’s for that matter), and while it’s half decent on tablets, I’m not a fan of providing a setting that makes the user experience on smartphones worse than it should be.
- It’s horrible for large collections. Just horrible.
- Code-wise it’s easier to maintain just the grid view style rather than two different ones.
I really could go on about the disadvantages of using the component, but I’ll rest my case here. I personally feel the grid view is a lot better, faster and provides a more compelling experience.
Let me know what you think in the comments.