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Moving finger wrongly interpreted as tap-and-hold in Launcher

In the Launcher, sliding your finger in an empty area can be wrongly interpreted as a tap-and-hold gesture.

How to reproduce: 1. Have your last app launcher page not full, so there is some empty space on the bottom. 2. Move your finger slowly in this empty area either up (so that the icons fade to indicate that there are no more pages) or sideways. 3. The launcher will enter delete/rearrange apps mode.

When sliding your finger on top of app icons, this doesn’t happen – you need to hold your finger still to invoke the delete/rearrange mode. I think this should be the case also in the empty area.

Moving finger wrongly interpreted as tap-and-hold in Launcher

In the Launcher, sliding your finger in an empty area can be wrongly interpreted as a tap-and-hold gesture.

How to reproduce: 1. Have your last app launcher page not full, so there is some empty space on the bottom. 2. Move your finger slowly in this empty area either up (so that the icons fade to indicate that there are no more pages) or sideways. 3. The launcher will enter delete/rearrange apps mode.

When sliding your finger on top of app icons, this doesn’t happen – you need to hold your finger still to invoke the delete/rearrange mode. I think this should be the case also in the empty area.

Moving finger wrongly interpreted as tap-and-hold in Launcher

In the Launcher, sliding your finger in an empty area can be wrongly interpreted as a tap-and-hold gesture.

How to reproduce: 1. Have your last app launcher page not full, so there is some empty space on the bottom. 2. Move your finger in this empty area either up (so that the icons fade to indicate that there are no more pages) or sideways. 3. The launcher will enter delete/rearrange apps mode.

When sliding your finger on top of app icons, this doesn’t happen – you need to hold your finger still to invoke the delete/rearrange mode. I think this should be the case also in the empty area.area.

(Edit: This can also happen when touching and moving on top of icons, but it's harder to reproduce – I think it depends on where exactly the touch starts: right on top of an icon or in the space between them.)

Moving finger wrongly interpreted as tap-and-hold in Launcher

In the Launcher, sliding your finger in an empty area can be wrongly interpreted as a tap-and-hold gesture.

How to reproduce: 1. Have your last app launcher page not full, so there is some empty space on the bottom. 2. Move your finger in starting from this empty area either up (so that the icons fade to indicate that there are no more pages) or sideways. 3. The launcher will enter delete/rearrange apps mode.

When sliding your finger on top of app icons, this doesn’t happen – you need to hold your finger still to invoke the delete/rearrange mode. I think this should be the case also in the empty area.

(Edit: This can also happen when touching and moving on top of icons, but it's harder to reproduce – I think it depends on where exactly the touch starts: right on top of an icon or in the space between them.)

Moving finger touch wrongly interpreted as tap-and-hold in Launcher

In the Launcher, sliding your finger in an empty area can be wrongly interpreted as a tap-and-hold gesture.

How to reproduce: 1. Have your last app launcher page not full, so there is some empty space on the bottom. 2. Move your finger starting from this empty area either up (so that the icons fade to indicate that there are no more pages) or sideways. 3. The launcher will enter delete/rearrange apps mode.

When sliding your finger on top of app icons, this doesn’t happen – you need to hold your finger still to invoke the delete/rearrange mode. I think this should be the case also in the empty area.

(Edit: This can also happen when touching and moving on top of icons, but it's harder to reproduce – I think it depends on where exactly the touch starts: right on top of an icon or in the space between them.)

Moving touch wrongly interpreted as tap-and-hold in Launcher

In the Launcher, sliding your finger in an empty area can be wrongly interpreted as a tap-and-hold gesture.

How to reproduce: 1. Have your last app launcher page not full, so there is some empty space on the bottom. 2. Move your finger starting from this empty area either up (so that the icons fade to indicate that there are no more pages) or sideways. 3. The launcher will enter delete/rearrange apps mode.

When sliding your finger on top of app icons, this doesn’t happen – you need to hold your finger still to invoke the delete/rearrange mode. I think this should be the case also in the empty area.

(Edit: This can also happen when touching and moving on top of icons, but it's harder to reproduce – I think it depends on where exactly the touch starts: right on top of an icon or in the space between them.)

Edit: You can see the same behavior on the Home screen (moving your finger in blank area will activate ”close apps” mode). This is not necessarily a bug. However, I think it would be better to require the user's finger to stay (more or less) still to trigger tap-and-hold.

Moving touch wrongly interpreted as tap-and-hold in Launcher

In the Launcher, sliding your finger in an empty area can be wrongly interpreted as a tap-and-hold gesture.

How to reproduce: 1. Have your last app launcher page not full, so there is some empty space on the bottom. 2. Move your finger starting from this empty area either up (so that the icons fade to indicate that there are no more pages) or sideways. 3. The launcher will enter delete/rearrange apps mode.

When sliding your finger on top of app icons, this doesn’t happen – you need to hold your finger still to invoke the delete/rearrange mode. I think this should be the case also in the empty area.

(Edit: This can also happen when touching and moving on top of icons, but it's harder to reproduce – I think it depends on where exactly the touch starts: right on top of an icon or in the space between them.)

Edit: You can see the same behavior on the Home screen (moving your finger in blank area will activate ”close apps” mode). This is not necessarily a bug. However, I think it would be better to require the user's finger to stay (more or less) still to trigger tap-and-hold.

Moving touch wrongly interpreted as tap-and-hold in Launcher

In the Launcher, sliding your finger in an empty area can be wrongly interpreted as a tap-and-hold gesture.

How to reproduce: 1. Have your last app launcher page not full, so there is some empty space on the bottom. 2. Move your finger starting from this empty area either up (so that the icons fade to indicate that there are no more pages) or sideways. 3. The launcher will enter delete/rearrange apps mode.

When sliding your finger on top of app icons, this doesn’t happen – you need to hold your finger still to invoke the delete/rearrange mode. I think this should be the case also in the empty area.

(Edit: This can also happen when touching and moving on top of icons, but it's harder to reproduce – I think it depends on where exactly the touch starts: right on top of an icon or in the space between them.)

Edit: You can see the same behavior on the Home screen (moving your finger in blank area will activate ”close apps” mode). This is not necessarily a bug. However, I think it would be better to require the user's finger to stay (more or less) still to trigger tap-and-hold.mode).

Moving touch wrongly interpreted as tap-and-hold in Launcher

In the Launcher, sliding your finger in an empty area can be wrongly interpreted as a tap-and-hold gesture.

How to reproduce: 1. Have your last app launcher page not full, so there is some empty space on the bottom. 2. Move your finger starting from this empty area either up (so that the icons fade to indicate that there are no more pages) or sideways. 3. The launcher will enter delete/rearrange apps mode.

When sliding your finger on top of app icons, this doesn’t happen – you need to hold your finger still to invoke the delete/rearrange mode. I think this should be the case also in the empty area.

(Edit: This can also happen when touching and moving on top of icons, but it's harder to reproduce – I think it depends on where exactly the touch starts: right on top of an icon or in the space between them.)

Edit: You can also see the same this behavior on the Home screen (moving your finger in blank area will activate ”close apps” mode).

There's discussion below on whether this is a bug or not. To me that is not so important; the point is that this behaviour, intended or not, should be changed. Reasons:

  • It creates confusion between gestures: When you're trying to scroll down from the last app screen, you'll enter edit mode instead. That is, you're doing a drag/scroll/swipe gesture, but it is interpreted as a tap and hold. You're trying to do one thing, but something else happens. So, it produces accidental actions. This could be easily avoided if tap-and-hold was activated only when holding your finger still (with some tolerance for accidental movement).
  • I see no practical benefits from the way it works now; no-one needs to use it this way on purpose (activating tap and hold by moving one's finger around). (Ok, that's a guess. I can't be sure what other users do.) Everyone knows that tap and hold is by definition "hold your finger still on the screen". So no harm done by changing it.

Moving touch wrongly interpreted as tap-and-hold in Launcher

In the Launcher, sliding your finger in an empty area can be interpreted as a tap-and-hold gesture.

How to reproduce: 1. Have your last app launcher page not full, so there is some empty space on the bottom. 2. Move your finger starting from this empty area either up (so that the icons fade to indicate that there are no more pages) or sideways. 3. The launcher will enter delete/rearrange apps mode.

When sliding your finger on top of app icons, this doesn’t happen – you need to hold your finger still to invoke the delete/rearrange mode. I think this should be the case also in the empty area. (Edit: This can also happen when touching and moving on top of icons, but it's harder to reproduce – I think it depends on where exactly the touch starts: right on top of an icon or in the space between them.)

You can also see this behavior on the Home screen (moving your finger in blank area will activate ”close apps” mode).

There's discussion below on whether this is a bug or not. To me that is not so important; the point is that this behaviour, intended or not, should be changed. Reasons:

  • It creates confusion between gestures: When you're trying to scroll down from the last app screen, you'll enter edit mode instead. That is, you're doing a drag/scroll/swipe gesture, but it is interpreted as a tap and hold. You're trying to do one thing, but something else happens. So, it produces accidental actions. This could be easily avoided if tap-and-hold was activated only when holding your finger still (with some tolerance for accidental movement).
  • I see no practical benefits from in the way it works now; no-one needs to use it this way on purpose (activating tap and hold by moving one's finger around). (Ok, that's a guess. I can't be sure what other users do.) Everyone knows that tap and hold is by definition "hold your finger still on the screen". So no harm done by changing it.

Moving touch wrongly interpreted as tap-and-hold in Launcher

In the Launcher, sliding your finger in an empty area can be interpreted as a tap-and-hold gesture.

How to reproduce: 1. Have your last app launcher page not full, so there is some empty space on the bottom. 2. Move your finger starting from this empty area either up (so that the icons fade to indicate that there are no more pages) or sideways. 3. The launcher will enter delete/rearrange apps mode.

When sliding your finger on top of app icons, this doesn’t happen – you need to hold your finger still to invoke the delete/rearrange mode. I think this should be the case also in the empty area. (Edit: This can also happen when touching and moving on top of icons, but it's harder to reproduce – I think it depends on where exactly the touch starts: right on top of an icon or in the space between them.)

You can also see this behavior on the Home screen (moving your finger in blank area will activate ”close apps” mode).

There's discussion below on whether this is a bug or not. To me that is not so important; the point is that this behaviour, intended or not, should be changed. Reasons:

  • It creates confusion between gestures: When you're trying to scroll down from the last app screen, you'll enter edit mode instead. That is, you're doing a drag/scroll/swipe gesture, but it is interpreted as a tap and hold. You're trying to do one thing, but something else happens. So, it produces accidental actions. This could be easily avoided if tap-and-hold was activated only when holding your finger still (with some tolerance for accidental movement).
  • I see no practical benefits in the way it works now; no-one needs to use it this way on purpose (activating tap and hold by moving one's finger around). (Ok, that's a guess. I can't be sure what other users do.) Everyone knows that tap and hold is by definition "hold your finger still on the screen". So no harm done by changing it.

Moving touch wrongly interpreted as tap-and-hold in Launcher

In the Launcher, sliding your finger in an empty area can be interpreted as a tap-and-hold gesture.

How to reproduce: 1. Have your last app launcher page not full, so there is some empty space on the bottom. 2. Move your finger starting from this empty area either up (so that the icons fade to indicate that there are no more pages) or sideways. 3. The launcher will enter delete/rearrange apps mode.

When sliding your finger on top of app icons, this doesn’t happen – you need to hold your finger still to invoke the delete/rearrange mode. I think this should be the case also in the empty area. (Edit: This can also happen when touching and moving on top of icons, but it's harder to reproduce – I think it depends on where exactly the touch starts: right on top of an icon or in the space between them.)

You can also see this behavior on the Home screen (moving your finger in blank area will activate ”close apps” mode).

There's discussion below on whether this is a bug or not. To me that is not so important; the point is that this behaviour, intended or not, should be changed. Reasons:

  • It creates confusion between gestures: When you're trying to scroll down from the last app screen, you'll enter edit mode instead. That is, you're doing a drag/scroll/swipe gesture, but it is interpreted as a tap and hold. You're trying to do one thing, but something else happens. So, it produces accidental actions. This could be easily avoided if tap-and-hold was activated only when holding your finger still (with some tolerance for accidental movement).
  • I see no practical benefits in the way it works now; no-one needs to use it this way on purpose (activating tap and hold by moving one's finger around). (Ok, that's a guess. I can't be sure what other users do.) Everyone knows that tap and hold is by definition "hold your finger still on the screen". So no harm done by changing it.