It's been over a year since the Wii U launched and I think most of us can agree that the OS has come a long way. When the console initially launched, the damn thing was so slow that it could take over ten seconds to load the Settings menu. Now, it's reasonably speedy, yet still bloated in terms of its RAM consumption. This may, however, change in the future.
While the OS's speed has improved, the UI has remained largely unchanged. For a while, I've been thinking of ways the UI could be improved. The recent system update got me thinking: why not make a thread and see if anyone else is thinking something similar? Will it change anything or make any real difference on Nintendo's end? Not really, but what's the harm in getting creative??
My first idea is illustrated below. I propose removing the friends list icon and menu entirely. When you can view all of that in Miiverse, why have two different areas to view the same thing? Instead, hitting the Miiverse icon will bring up a modal dialog with your friends list and basic controls in it, removing the need to jump out of your game into a separate app. If you want to continue on to the Miiverse application, you can proceed from this menu.
Place a link to the settings menu where the Friends icon/link used to be. I never saw any sense in having it as a tile when it's not a game or optional application.
So what ideas do you all have? Write it out or draw a picture if you're feeling up to it! It can be some shitty MS Paint drawing for all I care. Whatever you think gets your point across.