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Enable Soft-Keys of Smart-Phones for ease of operating #823

PetHH opened this issue Aug 16, 2018 · 4 comments


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commented Aug 16, 2018

Description of the feature

Add the Soft-Buttons 'menu' , 'home' , 'back' functional to Phone

Expected behavior

i do understand your philosophie, to develop a touch driven phone.
but, Apple does also, but even they realized, that no button at all is not the clou, so they placed one, which is also half the way to golgotha.
almost every smartphone on the market is a touch device, and you are not loosing anything with making it more useable.
in the moment, i have several spots, where i just get stuck in operating a task, and have no other choice then terminate the whole task and start again from the very beginning.
and that turns the phone with 'touch' from feature-rich right to the opposite.
it just can be wise to have all possible choices and make it even better than an ordinary (i)Phone, which has, with just the 'Break' button , just the 'Break' function !
so, give customers the chance to have a smart 'Menu', plus just go one step back also, and be better.
the HW gives us all the possibilities.

Actual behavior

long tap on the App-Symbol and break the stuck task


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commented Aug 20, 2018

I don't mind having the buttons enabled on devices with them like the Meizu phones and as far as I know, they are already enabled. But I don't think we need to really support keys/buttons.
What needs to be addressed though, I believe, is the "back" functionality. In the current design, it is hard to reach like in iOS. In my apps, I implemented some sort of a hack to have the same functinality reachable at the bottom but it's not really ideal. I can't think of viable way of implementing a system-wide solution but if someone has one then it'll be really good.


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commented Aug 23, 2018

@PetHH I think if you get stuck doing a task, that sounds to me more like a design bug in a specific app than in UT.

Out of curiosity, can you tell us some examples of tasks giving you troubles? Thank you


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commented Sep 1, 2018

I think this could also help accessibility & keyboard navigation, and could be a first step towards this goal: a home & back keyboard shortcut.


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commented Sep 8, 2018

perhaps we can achieve a bridge for new users on having a somewhat familiar way of using the mobile, until the -perhaps better - way with touch has won his/her favorite way ...
so one could look at it as a way to emphasize new users.

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