I wana go home where it is safe and where my kingdom stands
the following are suggestions and just my two cents these suggestions and comments are directed at no party or developer, i am just a android developer adding my two cents in a attempt to help UBPorts become successful. i will break my comments down in sections that are hopefully insightful and a new perspective from a outsider.
The land on which i stand
It is important to understand when we are developing a new os which has its underpinnings solidly rooted in safety and security for the end user this does not mean we must give up on past experiences and leanings which may not be our own. Innovation is not the process of a new idea but the execution of a idea in a way that makes it better then before.
for ubports what this means is do not attempt to rebuild the wheel there is a set of navigation traditions that work well and have been accepted by the mobile community and these traditions do not effect the safety and security of the device therefor we should adopt them bellow is a outline of what this could look like.
Gesture navigation has now been formalised in the mobile world these learning can be applied to ubports for a seamless transition into the OS. I would recommend we keep the left to right swipe to open the app menu as this is a uniquely ubports take on the apps menu. however we should consider a bottom to top swipe to get back to a home screen as well as a bottom to top swipe stopping in the centre to get to the currently running applications.
meanwhile the right to left swipe currently being used for the currently running apps should serve as a back gesture. many apps have the back key all the way at the top its hard to reach at times and will continue to be this way on larger devices.
Take me to my kingdom
The home screen every os has one this space should be one that is configurable and usable for the user. we must take into account ubuntu desktop has a screen where a wallpaper can be changed as well as shortcuts can be placed. this area should be available for each user to decide what they wish to do on it and not dictated to them by the os.
ubports != desktop in your pocket
we must remember however a mobile phone is not our desktop its purpose is not the same, therefor we must also consider how we use the device. allot of what users want to do is get information quickly at a glance and lets remember parts of what makes Linux special is the ability to customise it. we must consider implementing a way to have widgets and desktop apps on the main screen this dose not make us a lesser os just because others have also done it it makes this product a viable alternative with all the benefits of a safety and privacy respecting os.