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What happened to the "quick app switch" gesture in Sailfish OS 3? [answered]

asked 2018-11-08 16:10:29 +0200

schmittlauch gravatar image

updated 2018-11-08 16:23:55 +0200

In the Sailfish OS 3 prototype shown on MWC 2018, a new gesture was included that allowed switching directly back-and-forth between apps with the normal horizontal edge swipe gesture, if that swipe was wider than 2/3rds of the screen.
The recent Sailfish OS though doesn't include this gesture. What happened to it, did it fall through the user tests for being too confusing? Or is it still coming in a later version?

I must say I really liked that gesture.

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Maybe @rainemak or @joona-petrell might know something about it…

schmittlauch ( 2018-11-08 16:11:07 +0200 )edit

Jolla might add it in their incremental release approach. As they stated in the blog post (as always with digging necessary), features will come spread over multiple releases

rozgwi ( 2018-11-08 23:35:46 +0200 )edit

What you need is a full-featured alt-tab implementation and a BT keyboard! ;)

pigg ( 2018-11-10 23:19:57 +0200 )edit

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answered 2018-11-08 16:20:06 +0200

g7 gravatar image

It's an experimental feature that can be enabled using:

dconf write /desktop/sailfish/experimental/quickAppToggleGesture true
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Nice. Did you just scrape the dconf diffs or where did you get that info from?

schmittlauch ( 2018-11-08 16:22:16 +0200 )edit

Stumbled upon it while checking out the changes on the homescreen code :)

g7 ( 2018-11-08 16:24:27 +0200 )edit

I'm still not marking this as the accepted answer as I'd like to have an official statement regarding the plans for this. Hope that's ok for you.

schmittlauch ( 2018-11-08 16:25:46 +0200 )edit

It's fun - but I see why it is experimental. With me, the feature fails with the browser. In addition, you only can toggle between the two lowermost apps

AkiBerlin ( 2018-11-08 17:04:44 +0200 )edit

It's not the lowermost, but the 2 last recent apps you opened, and I think that's fine.
But the issue with the browser is a bummer and likely the reason this gesture is still disabled by default.

schmittlauch ( 2018-11-09 09:51:55 +0200 )edit

answered 2018-11-09 10:00:35 +0200

rainemak gravatar image

Hi @schmittlauch,

First of, thanks for encouraging feedback and interest towards the quick app switch gesture.

We're rolling out 3.0 features in phases. So the quick app switching gesture is also in the works. I cannot yet confirm which 3.0.x release it lands. Personally I'd also like to get this landed soon.

Hope this helps, Raine

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