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Smart access to notifications from both edges

asked 2015-09-15 08:13:04 +0300

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Currently in SFOS 1.1.9 you can optionally access the notification screen directly from an app by swiping from the left edge, which is uncomfortable if yoi are holding the jolla in the right hand.

I just had a new idea to solve this issue: Make the notification screen accessible from both edges, if it is needed, otherwise go to the home view. Of course with this feature the OS has to make a smart decision whether the user needs the notifications or the home view. I would say that the following rules cover the most use cases:

  • If there are no notifications, or only some older notifications the User has already spotted, he gets to the home view by the edge swipe.
  • If there are new notifications not spotted yet by the user, he gets to the notification screen by the edge swipe.
  • If the user goes to the notification screen, all the notifications that are currently there are considered to be spotted by the user. If he just swipes to it, but holds the finger and goes back, this is not the case.

Of course these rules have to be tested and fine-tuned, but I think this would be the a useful solution.

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I would rather have two checkboxes in the gesture settings "access notification by swiping left", "access notification by swiping right" and then the user can select none, one or both of them. If you select both it will always go to notification unless that is the current screen

kempe ( 2015-09-15 08:23:57 +0300 )edit

returning home is for me more important then to open notifications from app directly

pawel ( 2015-09-15 09:09:07 +0300 )edit

Of course this feature should also be optional. It is fine if the default setting is returning to home view.

wanderer ( 2015-09-15 09:52:41 +0300 )edit

or the mechanism of the device lock patch may be used here as well: 1) a small swipe (less than XX% of the screen): access to the home screen 2) a long swipe (more than XX% of the screen): access to events

or vice versa

till ( 2015-09-15 11:24:28 +0300 )edit

@till: I also had this idea in my mind. We could combine your idea with my smart notification idea, but then I would set the notification view before the home screen.

wanderer ( 2015-09-15 13:15:13 +0300 )edit

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answered 2015-09-15 09:21:50 +0300

I think this won't happen, because the swipe from the right side is reserved or partnerspace... :/ The only solution would be an option to choose which side is for notifications...

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I don't see a Problem here. Partner space is accessible in the main carousel. I don't think that they are planning a direct access from an app to the Partner space (and if so, it should be optional, just like the direct access to the notifications from an app is now).

wanderer ( 2015-09-15 09:50:00 +0300 )edit

The best solution would be to be able to choose:

  • Left
  • Right
  • None

As this would play nice with the Partner Space also. When choosing either left or right the PS would be in the other edge. Logic. :) And if/when the PS is persistent, if one chooses none, it would default to either go Home on both edges or go Home from left and to PS on the right. Similar choises could be made also for the PS, left/right. Well, you got the point. :)

raketti ( 2015-09-15 10:46:08 +0300 )edit

I think it is a bad idea to bring in the partner space as third possibilitiy here when we have only two edges. If we can either swipe to notifications or to partner space, then the home screen is somehow hidden behind these two.

wanderer ( 2015-09-15 13:09:24 +0300 )edit

But it will automatically be an option on the other side of the notificatins/go home -selection. I don't think it's possible to choose Events and go Home. PS must be there, since it's endorsed by a partner.

raketti ( 2015-09-15 13:20:22 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-09-15 18:57:00 +0300

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updated 2015-09-15 18:57:36 +0300

according to the road map, event view will become more powerfull. will have toggles for connection etc. so your logic will not work then. for myself i use following: lift or right -> home.

double left or double right -> events

feels extra work in the beginning. but no confusion

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Yes, the events view will also show settings shortcuts in the future. But why should my concept not work with it? This logic would only look for new notifications, nothing else.

In principle the new lockscreen works similar: The left to right swipe only opens events view if there are notifications. Otherwise it opens home screen.

wanderer ( 2015-09-15 20:40:11 +0300 )edit

well i personally do not like if then else logic in swipes

if i want to go to event view to turn wifi on and there is a unread notification with your logic implemented it would be one swipe, if there is no notification it would be two.

pawel ( 2015-09-16 20:53:01 +0300 )edit

Yes, that's true. I think this feature should be optional and deactivated by default, so that every user could decide if he wants it.

wanderer ( 2015-09-17 18:34:02 +0300 )edit
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