countdown applications installation

asked 2014-01-12 22:28:38 +0300

updated 2017-06-09 15:01:46 +0300

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I have the problem that sometimes when navigate in the Jolla store I accidentally swipe right and install an application that I don't want to install; when the process start there isn't a way to stop it and you must exit to the application grid, find the application and manual uninstall it; to avoid this it might be useful to implement a countdown system (maybe not only in the store, but in the whole installation system) like the deleting e-mail one, that permit to control and undo to an involuntary installation

Closing this up since apps are now installed via Pulley menu since update x

edit 20170609: Reopened since it is still a valid request despite methods having changed.

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I too have accidentally installed apps many times. It's also impossible to cancel an install. I don't know if a countdown/remorse timer is the best way to solve this, but I agree there should be some kind of confirmation prompt or a way to cancel immediately.

ssahla ( 2014-01-12 23:07:48 +0300 )edit

I had the same problem already. I am not sure, whether the right-swipe is a good gesture for installing an app: Generally, this only switches between pages. But in store it suddenly starts an action -- and not one of the minor ones. I would prefer an [Install] button, so that I always have to express my clear will before it is going to install (a swipe to another page is not the expression of a clear will)..

jgr ( 2014-01-13 02:09:09 +0300 )edit

I agree that it's too easy to install an unwanted app, but I would prefer having a confirm dialog rather than a countdown. So we would just have to swipe right a second time to confirm or swipe back to cancel.

Sthocs ( 2014-01-13 18:16:21 +0300 )edit

The app details page is a dialog and "Install" is its accept action, that's why a swipe to the left starts the installation. I too think that a remorse timer could be helpful.

pycage ( 2014-01-13 22:10:33 +0300 )edit

The problem is that the remorse timer makes you wait. If I really do want to install the app, I don't want to wait five seconds for the installation to begin.

Of course it could be made so that the installation starts immediately together with the remorse timer, and if you tap cancel, installation is aborted. Still, if the installation takes only one second, I'd still feel that I have to wait until the timer is finished. (I know I don't have to, but that's how it feels at least for me; when for example deleting an email I hesitate to navigate away before I see the timer finished and the email deleted.)

I guess remorse timer would be the native way to do this, but maybe a more intuitive way would be an install progress bar right in the app page with a tap-to-cancel option. (The tap-to-cancel could stay there even after the install is finished, as long as you don't navigate away from the app page.) Well, this would require an install button, not a swipe-to-install - maybe not the Sailfish way.

(As @pycage said, the app details page is now a dialog and "Install" is its accept action. Imo this is problematic though, because when I tap an app to open its details, I'm not giving a "Install" command; I just want to see what this app is about. So "Install" really shouldn't be considered a confirmation action but a new action.)

(Btw I added tag remorsetimer)

ssahla ( 2014-01-15 07:55:28 +0300 )edit