Mapillary for Android—Same Mission, New Beginning
Today we are excited to share a complete makeover of Mapillary for Android with the 3.0 release. Reviewing, uploading and exploring are now much smoother and "more Mapillary", making it really easy to help you create a visual representation of the world.
Mapillary for Android, which was launched a bit more than two years ago, has been improved bit by bit ever since. Now we are proud to present what is by far the biggest update to its user interface, leaving no doubt that the app has moved from 2.0 to 3.0.
Our guiding design goal was to have a simple but powerful app that feels both like Mapillary and a native Android app at the same time. With this release we’re also taking a big step towards a consistent and simplified graphical language, so you recognize Mapillary colors and layouts throughout all apps.
What is new?
This April Android had a change of heart and introduced the Bottom Navigation bar to Material design—the Google design language—guidelines as well as apps (Google+ and Google Photos). We took on this opportunity and introduced a five-tab navigation, which makes it much faster to switch between different activity screens. This results in a much more responsive overall application feeling.
All graphics, the drawer, and the overall layout have been completely redesigned to be consistent with the Mapillary styles on the web and provide complete support for older Android devices (you will get the same layouts and graphics even on pre-Android 5.0 devices). We also organized Settings into logical sections for more clarity and less clutter. The Login and Signup flows have been improved as well.
The main purpose our members use the app for—contributing photo sequences to Mapillary—is now supported by a navigation flow from the camera through the review section to upload. The upload progress is displayed within the app and in the system status bar so it’s easy to keep track of how it’s going.
We have been experimenting with this in previous releases and now have added MapillaryJS as the viewer. It is used in the Explore, Feed and Profile sections with a beautifully styled MapboxGL map, enabling easier navigation, support for 360º images, and the possibility to explore in fullscreen mode. This brings the immersive Mapillary experience that you get in the web viewer right into the app so it’s fun and easy to explore the world even on the go.
As always, we are eager to hear your feedback so we can improve from here. There are more great things to come – stay tuned and enjoy the photo mapping!
/Richard and the Mapillary Team