Access active covers without minimizing

asked 2014-01-08 12:35:13 +0200

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updated 2014-01-10 20:56:13 +0200

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Use case: I'm doing whatever on my phone while listening music. Suddenly, a song I don't like pops in. I want to switch it, but stay in my current app.

What you have to do today: minimize the app, "next" the song using the cover, and go back to the app

What I'd like to do: start minimizing so I can see covers, but hold my finger, use another finger to swipe the cover, and then cancel the minimize gesture by taking my first finger back to the edge it came from

This way you never have to quit your app, but you can still perform actions in other apps :)

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This sounds like a very clever way of using the multitouch. Cool feature!

Milo ( 2014-01-23 12:32:09 +0200 )edit

Nice idea but this is not for one-handed usecases :)

Alex ( 2014-02-28 13:55:59 +0200 )edit

Well, might be, might be not. Personally I use my phone a lot when in bed, so when it's lying on the cushion there is no issue to do this one-handed :3 Although I agree, this is a niche usage and a power-user gesture, but still it might be useful (and maybe simple to implement, although I wouldn't bet on that)

Xowap ( 2014-03-04 04:20:24 +0200 )edit

Great idea, I hope this gets implemented some day :)

matrixx ( 2014-03-22 15:50:28 +0200 )edit

I just had the same idea just a few days ago and wanted to ask for such a feature. As you had the idea almost a year ago makes my question obsolete. Anyway: great idea, I'd expect it to be exactly as you described. Edit: and it is one handed, if the phone is attached to a car holder for example. you can use your pointing finger to "minimize" open (e.g. navigation app) and initiate cover action to skip current song by using middle finger.

naytsyrhc ( 2015-02-09 16:47:37 +0200 )edit