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Alarm clock: Alarm unintuitive [released]

asked 2014-01-02 11:56:46 +0300

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updated 2014-12-18 18:06:00 +0300

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Dismissing (switching off) / snoozing the alarm is not intuitive and the result of the action depends on the current orientation of the Jolla (so I have to check this first and then to remember in which direction to pull/swipe -- while still half asleep; without glasses I cannot read the description because it is too little in contrast -- so I have fully to remember).

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One idea here was to turn the phone upside down to -- ? (Was it for snoozing or for dismissing?) This requires quite a lot of action (in order that the Jolla does not fall off the board.)

Snoozing and dismissing should be 2 very different, distinctive actions, e.g.:

  • Double tap to switch off (in line with waking up the phone: I am awake)
  • Swiping in any direction to switch to snoozing (in line with "go away but stay [on home screen])
    See "Edit 2014-03-25" note below.


  • Pinch close to switch off (i.e. "minimize" snooze to 0)
  • Pinch open to snooze (i.e. extend my sleep)

(Do not mix pinching and swiping as actions: Chances will be, that a pinch is recognized as swipe, when pinching still half asleep.)

You may even implement all type of actions and make them user selectable.

Edit 2014-03-25

  • Meanwhile, some swipe actions switch to snoozing, however not yet all swipe actions (see HowTo: 50 ways to silence the Clock alarm). This means, the implementation still does not solve the base problem, that the result of the action depends on the handset orientation (the result of a top-bottom swipe differs from a bottom-top swipe), i.e. the actions are not distinctive.
  • Top-to-bottom swipe closes the alarm screen without any influence on the alarm sound: I do not see any sensible use for this function. Making this swipe also a switch to snoozing, would make the swipe a distinctive action for snoozing.
  • There still is no distinctive action for dismissing the alarm.

PS: I am not sure when the swipe action has been implemented, possibly after this question. If so, the request in this question would have been converted into code at least partly.

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The question has been closed for the following reason "released in a software update" by nthn
close date 2014-12-18 17:21:12.578776



I agree that the current way of snoozing / switching off the alarm is not adapted to the situation when the user is half-asleep. Ok, it makes use of pulley-menu, but then we miss the point here: it should be a very easy action, doable without even looking at the phone. +1 for the tap/swipe option.

Tofe ( 2014-01-02 12:47:15 +0300 )edit

Very nice context-dependent gesture actions in the question. Definitely fits a modern requirement usability - plus extends on current gestures without defeating them.

arjwright ( 2014-01-02 15:19:11 +0300 )edit

Since switching from wire to wireless charging I lost the hint of the chord to orient the direction of my Jolla, which makes snoozing a headache. This morning I didnt muster enough energy to bother to identify direction so I accidentally switched of the alarm. Current implementation must be changed!

Mohjive ( 2014-01-02 15:56:06 +0300 )edit

Agree. I was a bit perturbed not to be able to snooze by flipping over the device as that's what I'm used to from the N9 and N900.

Swiping would definitely also be an option, though you would first need to identifiy which side the screen is on. When you just need to flip it, you don't have to care.

fawz ( 2014-01-03 19:30:16 +0300 )edit

I often snooze the alarm of my N9 just pressing one botton (power or volume up/down). Pressing one of the buttons is easy to do also when I'm sleepy.

And if the alarm starts while the phone is in my pocket I don't need to take the phone out first. Just finding and pressing one of the buttons.

axaq ( 2014-01-04 13:42:56 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-11-06 15:40:54 +0300

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updated 2014-12-18 17:21:03 +0300

Snooze alarm by flipping the phone or by pressing power key is released in https://together.jolla.com/question/71741/release-notes-software-version-11126-vaarainjarvi/

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@nthn i can't believe my eyes, a fresh public os release is done? could you confirm me, in default to pinch myself...

cemoi71 ( 2014-12-18 17:46:49 +0300 )edit

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