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[request] [option] Always show a little x to directly close app in minified view [answered]

asked 2014-12-06 13:49:55 +0300

pulsar gravatar image

updated 2014-12-06 20:19:37 +0300

It is cumbersome to have to long press for closing x's to appear in the app covers. Please provide an option to always display a little x on a cover corner to perform this action directly.

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Note that if more than four apps are running, the covers are already quite small. If the close button is small, you are likely to open an app instead of closing; if it is big, you're likely to close the app instead of opening - even worse. The explicit switch to close mode at lease ensures that you aren't going to lose an open app as a result of a single mistap.

tanriol ( 2014-12-06 21:15:53 +0300 )edit

The Z10 has 4 covers, it is 4.2" at shorter aspect ratio, and it has a status bar, and never had a problem hitting the x properly. As I said, this would be an option. If you are afraid of mistakenly closing an app, don't use it.

pulsar ( 2014-12-06 21:20:16 +0300 )edit

@pulsar, please note that I'm not a sailor, just a user. I'm only trying to provide a different point of view on the problem.

As for me the need to close multiple apps is a pretty rare one - I usually know I won't need it any longer while still in the app and just close it by swiping from the top instead of going to the multitasking screen.

Speaking about Z10, note that with many apps running Jolla goes to a 9 cover mode, so they are probably smaller than on Z10.

tanriol ( 2014-12-06 21:27:12 +0300 )edit
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That argument about four covers being too small... a lot of baloney. The N900 has a smaller screen and has no problems fitting 12 or more covers, each with a little X for closing the application.

pichlo ( 2014-12-17 01:59:19 +0300 )edit

@pichlo, note that if you have more than 4 covers, they're scaled down to place three in a row, or 9 on the whole screen. And yes, in the n900's case they were a bit too small for me - optimized for the stilus, not for fingers.

tanriol ( 2014-12-17 08:10:42 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-12-06 14:30:48 +0300

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i think swipe down (in option) on the app cover is a better idea. perhaps a long press + swip down in one move, for more security.

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Please, no gratuitous gesturing.

pulsar ( 2014-12-06 14:34:04 +0300 )edit

Yeah, I thought about this too, but it might get in the way if all you want to do is peek to the clock. But maybe it could be differentiated by how long the swipe is or how long you press on the cover before you.swipe.

shfit ( 2014-12-06 14:40:30 +0300 )edit
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The point is I don't want to peek for the clock, battery, or connection either.

pulsar ( 2014-12-06 14:45:32 +0300 )edit
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Well, that's a matter of taste. I happen to love the peeking gestures and the concept of not constanly showing informatipn you don't need, and when you do, it's just a quick gesture away. But as I said, it's a matter of taste.

shfit ( 2014-12-06 14:52:58 +0300 )edit

It is not just a matter of taste. If find myself having to peek constantly, making for a terrible experience.

pulsar ( 2014-12-06 15:00:52 +0300 )edit
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answered 2014-12-06 14:08:08 +0300

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updated 2014-12-06 14:09:24 +0300

How about when you long press on an app cover and the "close apps" mode is activated, you just push the cover from the top to close the app. That way the gesture for closing would be consistent with the close gesture for an open (full screen app). The reason Sailfish avoids using little buttons like X to close, is because it reduces the likehood of an unwanted action when interacting with the phone, which usually happens on the go, while walking or in the bus, and often by using the phone with one hand. If the covers all get a little X to close them, we would surely have users complaining that they often end up closing the apps when intending to do something else.

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That's why I said it should be an option: you are afraid about inadvertedly closing an app, I don't want to long press.

pulsar ( 2014-12-06 14:15:45 +0300 )edit

I agree with pulsar, options are very good. The close gesture could allow options about how to close. For example, dragging a running app icon off-screen left or right (rather than scrolling up to the time and battery of down to the app shortcuts) could suspend the app at its current position (browser, timer, etc.) and tap to hold an app could close it fully (or the other way around, i.e. drag-to-kill, tap-to-freeze). This example, if implemented, takes away the need for tap-hold-tap-close, and my clumsy fingers would be happier for it.

rdmo ( 2014-12-25 20:07:02 +0300 )edit

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