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[HYC] don't remove close gesture from apps [released]

asked 2015-03-02 19:10:43 +0300

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Please don't remove top-swipe action close from in app, this should stay at least optional. The new ambience-pull-down is nice but please do not replace the close gesture with it, if it has to be there, please find a way to have both instead of sacrificing gestures for all new UI features.

And locking phone should stay a gesture too, not pull-down+tap.

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I really like the new way of doing it. Only thing I dislike is sacrificing app closing by swiping down for it

Morpog ( 2015-03-02 19:18:25 +0300 )edit

We need a separate close gesture different from swipe from top. It was a mistake in the first place to have one gesture do two things.

ApB ( 2015-03-02 19:23:24 +0300 )edit

@ApB two things, we started off with "close" only (I consider locking the phone also a "close" gesture) - that was set to "minimize" apps then and lock the phone separating in two different actions. @Morpog yeah I like the ambience-switcher being moved there and the "silence" too but one thing still bothers, if I flick it down will my phone lock or do I need to tap something? If I do need to tap something total fail!

chemist ( 2015-03-02 19:33:39 +0300 )edit

At least i hope we can configure it in order to have it only lock the screen. If we need to swipe and tap to lock is a step back.

ApB ( 2015-03-02 20:11:04 +0300 )edit

Added to top-post.

chemist ( 2015-03-02 20:14:23 +0300 )edit

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answered 2015-03-03 00:35:03 +0300

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updated 2015-03-17 13:57:28 +0300

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so they want to introduce a change which makes using the phone more complicated?

let's assume I want to close an app and shut down the display: at the moment this is just a double swipe from above. This is super efficient and fun! And it just feels intuitive: close the curtain for the app, close the curtain for the device (display).

but according to the Sailfish 2.0 demo the only way to close an app there is to go to the running apps view, do the long press and then tap the x icons. As the name says: it's long. It's cumbersome. It's bulky. It's slow. It's errorprone (you better aim well at those X'es!). It's essentially no fun! I barely use this way to close apps ever on my Jolla phone.

sorry, this sounds so unneccessary...

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amen! swiping twice to close the app and lock the phone is one of the most delightful functions of the Jolla phone!

umko ( 2015-03-03 00:51:55 +0300 )edit

Suggestion: lock the device with a swipe from left or right in home screen!

Workflow: Using an app -- first swipe brings you back to home -- second swipe locks device.

You already can test it with the current firmware: use the browser in landscape mode and swipe twice from the left - perfect :-)

I have neer been comfortable with the swipe from the top to lock the device, because the procedure differs between landscape and portrait mode. Apart from that the top is too far away for secure one hand usage.

ibins ( 2015-03-07 13:07:53 +0300 )edit

I'd like it if the swipes were easily customizable: Just record a swipe you want (as has been possible in desktop web browser for ages) and use it for a specific action. This way everybody could use the gestures they are most comfortable with.

rod ( 2015-03-08 16:03:36 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-03-07 04:24:50 +0300

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updated 2015-03-08 03:42:03 +0300

As one of the very first Jolla supporter since july 2012 and (also made the trip from France to Helsinki to buy the Jolla Phone at the Jolla Launch Event on Novenber, 27, 2013, also supported and ordered Jolla Tablet on Indiegogo), I am very sad and desapointed to see such changes. One of my favorite feature on Sailfish OS over other OSs is the ability to close app and lock device seamlessly by a gesture from the top edge without looikg at the screen. The point of Sailfish OS was to use gestures instead of taps on tiny buttons because it is really easier to perform a gest when holding the phone with one hand and moving, and now with Sailfish OS 2.0 we will get back and have to look at the screen and tap on a tiny button exactly like other OSs...If Jolla continues such direction with Sailfish OS (I mean not respecting the very first philosophy behind Sailfish OS UI design), I am afraid I will be forced to consider leaving the Jolla Boat.

So please do not replace your first fans and supporters' loved features. No one changes Ambiences every few minutes, especially when we can schedule Ambiance/Profile changes automatically, but everyone has to close apps and lock the device frequently (every few minutes). So if you don't leave the current state, plase make it optional (add an option in settings for persons who want to sail with the current FANTASTIC and LOVED "close app/lock device" feature).

Solutions are sometimes so simple :

Ambiances/Profiles could be added to the new Settings Section in Event View (so it would be olso only one swipe away from Home view). And keep the top wsipe to close apps and lock device as it is now.

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Hei, you have written down exactly my feelings... disappointment, sadness. I know the world is constantly changing. But if I wanted an 'open-ish' Android, I could have bought an OPO. Now it looks like winds of change are blowing our boat towards not so desirable waters... Thousands of Jollas sold already in the last 15-16 months, world-wide. I have mine pre-ordered. I put my faith in it even before I saw what it would be, if anything at all. I got used to the way it is working. I started to love it. The demos of SFOS2 make me think of another 'droid with a special launcher... And that I definitely do not want on my First One. By the way, the latest Android has a lot of pulls and swipes already... Please, turn the boat before it is too late. LVPVS out.

LVPVS ( 2015-03-07 08:08:33 +0300 )edit

@Christian_Emlek the title is probably a bit misleading as the ambience pull-down is actually pretty nice, what bothers me is that in the demos it shows to pull in completely always. I guess they will do it like on pulley menu, first bit will trigger actions and then you can pull it out completely. I will update the question and the title so it is easier to get that actually both is possible.

chemist ( 2015-03-07 13:30:07 +0300 )edit

Same here. Got my phone end of november 2013 and knew fully that i buy a beta state OS. Since today i never regretted my purchasing decision. Preordered the tablet while the sailors where even on stage @SLUSH and eagerly await May. That said, i do like the overall changes in Sailfish 2,0 so far (especial that the ambiences moved from swipe let/right and gets replaced by the new notification / settingsd center. BUT: the missing of closing single apps is an utterly bad decision. As me ntioned above i love the single swipe to close app or closethe phone. Please be #unlike and bring that back. It is a feature not a bug :-)

hewi ( 2015-03-07 20:43:13 +0300 )edit

I´m totally agree in the point of "one swipe to close apps and lock the phone". Sure, I can also use powerbutton to lock, but it is hardware and hardware can break in case of heavy using (like at my old htc), a gesture never.

I´m also with you, that switching ambiences needs a quick access, because I hope that ambiences in future are not only nice designs but profiles where I can store a couple of personal settings like tones and feedback, loudness, gps and connectivity, as discussed in this post https://together.jolla.com/question/1319/additional-options-for-ambience/

silta ( 2015-03-15 12:18:14 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-03-15 22:03:08 +0300

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Seems like Jolla wants to create OS like any other. But I remember, Sailfish had to be UNLIKE ! No one has such easy and fun way to close app! And it MUST stay as it is! I don't need to change ambience with open app on the screen. When app is open - swipe down should close the app, on any other situation swipe down can be like it is now in OS 2.0. In other words we will have possibility to close app with one swipe and lock the device with the second (but with a little shorter swipe).

I use to use swipe-down-to-close since october 2011 (Nokia N9) up to now, and if it will disappear from Jolla it will be unacceptable for me.

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THIS IS what I want to say !!!

Amber ( 2015-03-16 08:55:33 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-03-02 22:09:49 +0300

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updated 2015-03-02 22:10:46 +0300

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Suggestion: Make it work similarly like in current "old" SailfishOS: Currently swiping down closes a running ap or locks the phone when no app is running (when you're on homescreen).
In SailfishOS 2.0, according to what I've seen in hands-on videos, swiping from top opens the ambience menu only when swiping completely down, swiping only a little locks the screen. So what about keeping the new menu but changing the "lock" behaviour to how it currently works? Or at least make the "lock" behaviour configurable.

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It should work the same way a pulley menu does, so we could use it with just a swipe, no tap.

rburkhanov ( 2015-03-02 23:54:00 +0300 )edit

I never said I don't want the menu, from all videos I have watched so far a flick from the top does open that pull-down menu and did not close or lock. Maybe pulling beyond lock icon should open the pull-down and everything above should lock the phone...

chemist ( 2015-03-03 00:04:15 +0300 )edit

@chemist yeah, this is what I thought I saw in one of the hands-on videos (can't remeber which one). And my idea is that "pulling beyond lock/close icon" closes the running app or locks the screen when on homescreen.

schmittlauch ( 2015-03-03 00:38:33 +0300 )edit

That is not what I have seen in 3-4 hands-on videos. Only thing that could be is that you have to hit the "lock"... That is exactly what I do not want. I want to close an app or lock the phone while I am not really looking at it anymore, with a short flick from the top, just like it is now, no need to really look what you are doing. Guess I will have to use "buttons" then... thought we are past that idea!

chemist ( 2015-03-03 01:14:39 +0300 )edit

@chemist exactly, when I want to close an app I don't want to make a slow precision job, just a thoughtless quick action. And there's nothing more fitting than an (unprecise) gesture for this like a swipe from above

tad ( 2015-03-03 01:24:41 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-03-16 15:47:04 +0300

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Another suggestion:

2 finger swipe gesture --> Change Ambience 1 finger swipe gesture --> Close app

Beside this solution I also find the L gesture good (mentioned above). Swipe from (left/right) and while holding you can decide to just "go out of the app" or by further swiping down "to close the app". This reminds me very strong about the old "Peek/Glance" gestures in Blackberry OS10.

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I think that could actually work!

Mariusmssj ( 2015-03-16 18:04:21 +0300 )edit

Not good in onehanded use thou two use two fingers

mosen ( 2015-03-17 16:54:53 +0300 )edit

Do you switch ambiences that often? I think for the ambiances a two finger swipe would be ok ...

elastic ( 2015-03-17 23:18:42 +0300 )edit

@zappAtom : PERFECT idea, 1 finger close, 2 fingers for ambiences or something less important than super-ultra-cool swipe&close

pan tau ( 2015-03-19 01:47:04 +0300 )edit

Very good idea, which could be optional via settings. This way we can still close apps they way we're used to and change ambiences with two finger swipe.

molan ( 2015-04-22 18:09:32 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-04-13 19:44:14 +0300

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updated 2015-04-13 19:44:14 +0300

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Looks like Jolla listened to the voice of the Community:

"You can tailor the experience according to your personal needs and wishes. The baseline is simple and easy already when you get hold of the UI for the first time. However when you advance you are able to unlock handy tricks, e.g. closing an app via a top edge swipe or direct access to Events from anywhere in the UI."

For more see https://blog.jolla.com/design-insights-sailfish-os/.

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answered 2015-03-17 11:40:21 +0300

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Please do not remove or replace "swipe 2 close" and "swipe 2 lock" - keep it simple at is it.

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answered 2015-03-07 18:02:37 +0300

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My idea would be to use an L like swipe gesture to close applications. See also this thread if you like the idea: https://together.jolla.com/question/84392/hyc-dont-sacrifice-events-view-global-gesture/?answer=85675#post-id-85675

So you swipe from the side (either left or right) to make the main application transparent and to see the multitasking view. Instead of letting go you start swiping up (L or inverted L form) and (maybe there could be also an indicator showing that swiping up would close the active window (Like the big X on SFOS 1) it closes the app if you let go.

This concept should work perfectly for thumbnail usage on the phone and the tablet.

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too complicated

chemist ( 2015-03-07 18:06:31 +0300 )edit

Its for advanced users anyways. It isn't too complicated for them.

leszek ( 2015-03-07 23:27:23 +0300 )edit

why should that be complicated? I like this idea since there are clearly too few gestures atm to satisfy all users. I mean for the multitasking guys the new UI makes perfectly sense, but for the guys that still rather close the apps they dont use its a problem.

michel ( 2015-03-08 13:33:04 +0300 )edit

Something similar has been proposed here (yes, I'm spamming this link quite a lot, but I'm not the author, I'm just supporting the idea): https://together.jolla.com/question/1916/suggestion-new-gesture-to-close-app-made-relevant-again-by-sfos-20-ui-changes/

Orologiaio ( 2015-03-16 05:04:06 +0300 )edit

closing an app is one of the most often used actions at all. So the gesture associated to it should be the easiest way possible and very forgiving for being unprecise. A swipe from above is both. Doing an L or tapping a lock icon is neither

tad ( 2015-03-16 19:32:00 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-03-19 17:25:08 +0300

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updated 2015-03-19 17:26:14 +0300

it should be customizable and everyone will be happy.

system > shortcuts

-swipe to close

-swipe to lock

-double tap to lock

-disable ambiance pully

-enable shortcut pully

-disable partner screen


But the USER must have the choice! Power to the people

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answered 2015-03-17 22:25:01 +0300

SaimenSays gravatar image

Why is there no official statement about this topic? Over 300 votes here is much enough feedback, to get it as the community wants it!

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There will be no official statements until Jolla is ready to present 2.0 in its entirety (I believe) but SOON(tm) comes to mind :)

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