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New gestures: swipe and hold, swipe and flick, swipe and return

asked 2014-02-24 01:34:29 +0200

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updated 2016-10-26 12:55:08 +0200

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I would like to suggest some new, hopefully natural gestures that fit nicely into the Jolla paradigm. I am sure people at Jolla have thought of these before, but I want to put them out here so that we all can voice opinions.

The three gestures I would like to suggest are:

  1. Swipe from edge and stop. Then release.
  2. Swipe from edge and continue in the same direction with a flick when releasing.
  3. Swipe from edge and return to edge, then release.

If used from the top edge, this would give space for a quick phone-lock gesture without the need for minimizing or closing the app you are in for the moment. swipe-and-hold would kill your app (you have time to look at the kill-feedback on the app-card and you can regret), swipe-and-flick would instantly lock the device, without killing the app, and swipe and return would be used to peek (and regret app kill).

Any ideas what to do on the other edges? Maybe one of these swipes from the sides in the browser could be used as back/forwards gestures (by using a side-swipe, you can use it even if the page is big and would side-scroll otherwise)? Other apps? Bottom edge?

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I like the swipe from top and flick to lock, and swipe from top and hold to close app idea, as the current way of locking the screen takes 2 swipes (or one press of a button, but that's not why we use Sailfish), which I feel is one too many. The rest seems a bit impractical to me.

nthn ( 2014-02-24 01:40:15 +0200 )edit

I don't understand what's new, the functionality or naming the gestures. Swipe-and-hold does close your app as it is now (if you swipe far enough) and swipe-and-return functions as peeking today. The only new function is swipe-and-flick.

I had an idea that swipe-and-hold would activate the pulley menu from that border, as described here.

Mohjive ( 2014-02-24 11:59:13 +0200 )edit

Right now the only difference between swipes is how far you make them. So if you swipe just a little, even if there is no returning motion (i.e. you do a swipe and hold), it counts as a peek. Sometimes, when I swipe from the side to push to the background, it ends up with just a peek since I didn't swipe far enough. This suggestion would solve that. So what is new is that the end of the swipe has a gesture, not just that the swipe has a certain distance. But its cool that you think it is how we do things already, since that means it is quite intuitive...

00prometheus ( 2014-02-24 14:01:44 +0200 )edit

I think a merge of the current gestures would seem most natural. Edge-swipe from either side ending in the lower edge. Would minimize app and lock screen. Allows one-handed fast use, eg. with thumb, ambidextrous gesture in landscape and portrait, and would be as fast as normal swipes.

Elias ( 2014-02-26 11:03:01 +0200 )edit

People have problems even with the current basic/consistent gestures (see close disabled by default) adding more nuance with how gesture ends (flick, hold, swipe back) is going to be overkill, not to mention more room for accidental misinterpretation (was that flick on the end or just held back finish?)

szopin ( 2014-05-15 23:21:14 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-02-26 00:32:47 +0200

SaimenSays gravatar image

updated 2014-02-26 00:34:12 +0200

I want to have a swipe from left edge in lockscreen to get back to last used app.

On homescreen it would be nice, to swipe form right to left, to get access to other open apps (if more than 9 are active).

But after all I think there should not be infinite gestures, because it may result in a non intuitive behavior.

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answered 2014-05-15 16:57:49 +0200

Jan Molič gravatar image

Global gesture shortcuts would be a better approach, I think, see https://together.jolla.com/question/29642/customizable-gestures/

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