Disney Movies Anywhere launched in 2014 as an app that allows users to link Disney films purchased on iTunes Store and other digital services into a unified library.
My team was brought on board to integrate Chromecast into the upcoming Android app. We continued to work on features for two years including the movie player, conversion to Material Design, and expansion to Android TV and Amazon Fire.
My title was Senior Android Developer / Product Designer.
I worked remotely and was responsible for:
Google introduced Material Design at Google IO in 2014. It was a much-needed update that has defined the look and feel of the platform ever since.
Google only provided a few examples at IO. Design guidelines were still being developed and components would not be available until just before our launch in November.
The Android design for DMA was essentially a port from the iOS app (which itself was based on old iOS 6 guidelines).
The members of the product and design teams were all iPhone users, so they were unaware that:
Google had released examples of the Material Design toolbar but nothing for navigation. At one point I mocked up possible designs based on the toolbar and old Kitkat tabs.
The VP in charge of DMA was an Android user. He was the first to discover the Play Store update and asked me if I could bring it to DMA. "Of course!"
I branched DMA and starting using the new SDK. There were significant changes that required rebuilding all of the layouts, but I decided to start with the new design.
Two weeks later, there was an emergency developer meeting. The SDK had features we needed, but it required a big rebuild and that might delay the release.
I told them I had a branch ready to go... but it had the new design. Much discussion happened, but in the end they decided to go with my design in the final release.
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