Add a last synced status indicator on reading lists
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Description

Problem:

As a synced reading list user, I am unsure if and when syncing was last successfully completed.

Proposed solution:

Add an explicit last synced status indicator in the Reading lists UI with the Refresh sync action.

RHo created this task.Jun 6 2018, 7:15 PM
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If we still don't provide the user with the ability to see their lists in a different location, would a time stamp really improve the user's confidence that the lists were in fact synced? Just because the app shows a time stamp, it's still not a guarantee that the list are synced successfully, from the user's point of view. (Are there any other apps that expose the last-sync time to the user?)

Engineering note: the proposed design would necessitate a custom Menu component that supports multi-line items with different styles.

RHo added a comment.Jun 7 2018, 7:24 AM

hi @Dbrant - there is value in showing users directly on the interface they are using details about the last sync/backup time, though I am obviously in favour of a web UI as being a useful thing to have beyond a sync checking service.

A few other examples of status shown with a sync/refresh action I've seen in the wild below:

Fitbit:

BeyondPod podcast app

Google Photos (when tapped, the cloud icon shows a last backup completed message, or else starts backing up photos)

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