[Feature-request] Sticky apps/covers

asked 2014-11-07 10:18:45 +0300

Okw gravatar image

updated 2015-07-03 17:45:39 +0300

I have several apps that I always keep running. MeeCast, email, messaging, Tweetian, etc. Sometimes I accidentally close apps and suffer from short blackouts when I'm about to do something and don't see the corresponding cover in the grid. Some of the covers are the kind that I would like to find always among the first ones in the grid.

I suggest implementing the following: Sticky apps/covers

With a long-press on the cover screen you would reveal some mechanism for pinning apps. Pinning an app would mean the following things:

  • The app would retain its position in the cover grid. Pinned apps first, then the others sorted like they currently are being sorted.
  • The app would be launched automatically on bootup.
  • Closing of the app would require an extra confirmation or have a remorse timer before actually closing. Alternatively the X-button could be hidden/disabled/grayed-out if pinning was active for that cover.
  • The app would respawn in a moment after a crash. (This of course with some intelligent way to avoid crashloops.)

Here's a quick sketch of how pinning and unpinning could look like.

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Instead of a dull button in the top corner a gesture might also work for this purpose. I haven't followed that much on the SFOS 2.0 UI-design trends, but someone might have more insight on this. Maybe drag the cover (or just its X-button) to some direction in order to pin the cover?

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I like the idea of pinning covers, however not sure I would want them to be prevented from been closed

Aashish ( 2014-11-07 10:35:48 +0300 )edit

@Aashish, I agree that being unable to close an app is quite frightening. On the other hand, I would not want to close eg. Meecast under any circumstances. Pinned apps would be sort of like widgets in Android. You don't close those like you close other apps.

Okw ( 2014-11-07 10:48:13 +0300 )edit

"The app would be launched automatically on bootup." Yes Yes Yes! :)

cocovina ( 2014-11-07 11:40:15 +0300 )edit

I think this is a dublicate of this old question (look at the comments where someone mentioned autobooting): https://together.jolla.com/question/428/fixed-sorting-of-application-covers-on-home-screen/but

donaggio ( 2014-11-10 11:43:40 +0300 )edit

@donaggio, the suggestion in its essence is very much the same. Sorry for a duplicate. Let's hope this time the UI team gets something done about it :)

Okw ( 2014-11-10 22:59:43 +0300 )edit