Close app edge gesture in SFOS3 - make it configurable please!

asked 2018-11-10 21:53:19 +0300

stephan gravatar image

updated 2018-11-14 22:59:34 +0300

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It seems I can't adapt to this new behaviour: every time I want to close an app I end up with the top menu on the screen. It's unnerving. So my pleading feature request is: let the user turn this "feature" off. Make it configurable, please!


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If you use this function not in the middle of the screen you can close apps. only in the middle you open the major menu. I was also frustrated but now its good for me. Ralf

Ralf ( 2018-11-10 21:58:32 +0300 )edit

I also miss the mark quite frequently... Muscle memory is hard to overcome and I always started the swipe gesture farther from the edge (I've been used to that since I got my n9 in 2011!).

My preferred solution would be to have a config option for how large the center area, which activates the top menu, shall be (in percentage of screen width):

  • If there's an option to scale the top-menu-area between 0% & 100%, everyone should be happy. ;)
  • If you don't want the top menu to appear, when an app is in foreground, use 0%.
  • If you don't like the close app gesture and really like the top menu, use 100%.

Everything inbetween can be adjusted to how big your thumbs are... ;)

This might also be possible as a patch (I might look into that, but it will take a while), but an official option would be great.

lethe ( 2018-11-10 22:18:56 +0300 )edit

@Ralf: I know. But the good thing about sailfish for me was that many things could be done without looking much and just with one hand while holding the device. This advantage is more and more jeopardized by this new "features" ...

stephan ( 2018-11-10 22:21:54 +0300 )edit

Agreed, considering how efficient gesture based navigating is in sailfish, having swipe multiple times to get the 'close' swipe correct somewhat kills the user experience.

I agree with other comments on the forum that it should be configurable so the user can choose what portions and size are dedicated to each swipe down acion. If not possible, i like the 50/50 option, and being able to choose which swipe gets which half.

Drekkie ( 2018-11-12 03:37:05 +0300 )edit

I'm also strongly against the new "feature" called the top menu. Make that thing configurable or at least give a possibility to disable it. The areas to close programs are disturbingly small and this is pretty stupid ui design to make user guess what the heck is going to happen next. Hell, why not slice the top to ten or twenty different slices and make one of them a "jackpot" where you win updates like this free for your lifetime :)

Wizor ( 2018-11-15 00:21:22 +0300 )edit