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Alternative unlock screen [not relevant]

asked 2014-01-21 21:01:11 +0200

naytsyrhc gravatar image

updated 2014-01-21 22:55:20 +0200

I was wondering, if it may be possible to use an alternative unlock screen to unlock the Jolla. Android has some kind of swiping unlock screen and e.g. win8 offers those pictures with gestures for unlocking.

So, is it possible to provide an api to access unlocking of device and/or are there plans to provide alternatives from Jolla?

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button for fallback keypad with actual device-lock-code to be entered is kind of mandatory I think - additionally emergency calling needs to be available too

chemist ( 2014-03-06 13:43:52 +0200 )edit

There is maze lock patch from coderus and SFOS has fingerprint unlock functionality. Allthough fingerprint unlock is not really secure, it is very convenient and gives (IMHO) best experience.

naytsyrhc ( 2018-11-01 13:53:53 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-01-21 21:05:58 +0200

naytsyrhc gravatar image

I'd suggest the following alternative:

instead of showing the dialpad, the circle used for time input could be shown and digits could be entered by letting finger rotate forth and back like on old fashioned safes.

There has to be a switch for accessing dialpad of course in order to be still able to enter emergency call numbers...

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Brilliant idea!

jii ( 2014-01-22 21:22:02 +0200 )edit

That would probably be slower than tapping your code in. Also kind of cool, though. :)

ssahla ( 2014-01-25 22:34:43 +0200 )edit

I'm not sure about being slower. Could be of course and wouldn't surprise me, but maybe it's faster. Ich have a 7 digits code for now and sometimes I misstype and have to delete the input thus having to type 7-9 or 11 times. Without the need to lift the finger from screen, maybe the accuracy is better.

naytsyrhc ( 2014-01-27 17:20:51 +0200 )edit

This sounds like a nice idea!

Jozz ( 2014-03-06 20:39:14 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-03-06 17:05:30 +0200

Jutsco gravatar image

How about to add "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) buttons also to those lockscreen widgets? Simple buttons which will dial to user most important numbers.

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sounds like a good idea, and actually, storing an ICE in your contacts only would make sense if the ICE number was availbable without having to unlock the phone.

However, if your phone got stolen, the thief would have access to the ICE contact.

On the other hand, if your phone got lost and would be found by a nice and honest person, that person could call your ICE contact and let you know your phone is "doing well"

barral ( 2014-03-13 14:44:30 +0200 )edit

Yes, the stolen case is true, but the call can allways backtraced by police or operator ;) That ICE thing would solve Emergency cases when you have activated the security lock (as everyone should). Other phone OS haven't managed it.

Jutsco ( 2014-03-15 15:22:19 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-03-06 13:42:54 +0200

chemist gravatar image

Free gesture - touch area where you are able to "sign" anything - button for fallback keypad with actual device-lock-code to be entered mandatory

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answered 2014-03-06 13:52:44 +0200

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What about using "direction gestures"?

Example: swipe up, swipe down, swipe down, swipe left (it could also have diagonal gestures)

Pressing and holding on the screen is reset. which resets the swiping action if you entered it wrong.

This has its advantages: No need to look at the screen could be done without having precisely coordination, since it can be done on the whole screen :)

There could be a button at the bottom to activate emergency calling/dialer.

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answered 2014-03-06 14:06:30 +0200

SpeedEvil gravatar image

Screen lockers are regrettably patent encumbered. Coming up with a novel solution may be hard.

A simple API to enable others to provide screen unlockers may be one solution. Jolla are in a very different legal position to someone releasing a possibly free app on the app-store. The chances of Google or Apple taking action against the latter is almost zero.

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