SMS message context menu is inconsistent (making it easy to accidentally delete messages)

asked 2014-02-05 15:50:48 +0200

Mohjive gravatar image

updated 2014-05-28 13:00:01 +0200

tokaru gravatar image

When long-pressing a message to access the context menu, sometimes the item under the finger is selected and sometimes it's not. When the context menu is activated messages are moved up so that the context menu is placed under the finger. The active item under the finger is then selected when you release, but the item under the finger is only arbitrarily activated. Sometimes no item is activated, even though it's right below your finger when the menu comes out.

In all other apps the context menu is shifted down, below the item pressed and no menu item is therefore selected/hovered. You can see your choices and slide down and select what you want.

Because of that the context menu in SMS app is placed under your finger you can't really see the choices and you want to move your finger away, and moving out from the menu, because sometimes a menu item is activated, before lifting your finger is counter-intuitive.

Additional note: there are cases in which other apps roll out the context menu below one's finger, mostly at the bottom of the screen. However, (unlinke the messages app) the menu item below your finger is never highlighted for activation without further interaction, i.e. if you just take your finger off the screen nothing happens (even if a menu item is below) - only after moving the finger slightly the item will be selected. This behavior is a bit strange, because I expect to be able to read the menu item's text when releasing the finger, instead of executing it blindly.

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Nothing should happen until you release your finger. The context menus in general behave like pulley menus (which I personally like very much), so it depends where in the list you currently are and where your finger is placed when the context menu opens. You can either release your finger on the desired action, or move the finger somewhere else to leave the menu open.

nodevel ( 2014-02-05 16:16:47 +0200 )edit

@nodevel: but what I meant was that sometimes I release my finger from hovering an item it's not selected. I'll try to clarify the question.

Mohjive ( 2014-02-06 23:40:49 +0200 )edit