Do you think that the double-tap-to-wake gesture should be standard on all phones?

Do you think that the double-tap-to-wake gesture should be standard on all phones?
There are plenty of innovative ways to operate our ever-bigger phones with one hand, and Samsung, LG, Sony, Apple and others have come up with their own takes on one-handed modes. These range from more complex features like shrinking the whole interface, to simpler ones, like a swipe from the left edge of the screen being used as a back key.

One option we find particularly useful on a day-to-day basis, though, and it is double-tapping the screen to wake the phone, or put it back to sleep. Once you try it, fumbling with the power/lock key on the sides or the back already seems too cumbersome, and we wish that every and all manufacturer implemented the double-tap gesture. 

For now, it is fully present on the kernel level only in LG's flagships, but Sony and some others are quickly following suit, yet it's not present in the stock Android build, even the latest 5.0 Lollipop. Nokia phones, however, also introduced the goods. That is why we wanted to ask if you think that double-tapping on the screen to wake the phone or put it to sleep should be a built-in feature of all Android handsets, or do you find the physical keys fast and convenient enough for that purpose. Take your pick below, and chime in the comments.

Do you think that the double-tap-to-wake gesture should be present on all phones?

Yes, I find it very useful
93.04%
No, I can go without
6.96%

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72 Comments

1. Busyboy unregistered

It should definitely be on every smartphone, but I personally don't use it.

10. TyrionLannister unregistered

It's not necessary on Samsung phones as they have hardware home button that can turn on the screen. On phones with no physical home button, it should be necessary.

55. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I unconsciously double tap my galaxy S4 before realising it doesn't work. I own other devices that feature double tap and find it easier and more intuitive. One of the reasons I don't like the home button on the S4 to wake is because there is a small but noticeable lag between pressing the home button and the device actually waking.

69. TyrionLannister unregistered

I use a G2 and I miss the home button on my s4. And double tap to wake has more lag than pressing home button, although both are negligible.

64. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Good point, but I've seen far too many iPhones and Galaxys with broken home buttons, especially iPhones since iOS uses the home button for recents as well So IMO they still should have double tap to wake, since it basically doesn't use any battery if implemented properly

70. TyrionLannister unregistered

Double tap to wake is nice still, but not necessary on phones with home button. I've used a g2 and an s4 and both are pretty easy to unlock without power key. Infact, when I had the s4, I could unlock it during pulling it from pocket while I can't do it with G2. G2 would have been a hassle without double tap to wake though with those back buttons.

66. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

My hatred for physical home buttons is why I haven't bought a Samsung since the s3. It's easy to stretch your thumb and touch the button, but I would constantly have to re-adjust my hand to depress it. . infuriating.

11. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

"double-tap-to-wake" ??? Come on:) And whole article an poll about it? LOL There could be hundreds of ways to wake up the phones. Right???? I "single-tap-to-wake" on the button on my phone. :)

27. rowdysheeter

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

you use Iphone, aren't you?

33. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Actually he is one the most fanatic iPhone haters of this website.

41. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

How do we add this double-tap feature to the Galaxy S4 4 ????? Thanks in advance.

42. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

u cant, its hardware issue. they are some software, but it is very buggy and not recommended

44. sachouba

Posts: 264; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

You can change the kernel, it works great, but it can be quite tricky to install (you need root, custom recovery).

2. newbey123

Posts: 699; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Yes, I use it constantly on my M8, love the feature.

6. Busyboy unregistered

I liked it too, but the screen always randomly turns on inside and its terribly annoying

17. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Never had that problem on my N9 or now on my Z2

40. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Almost half a year with my M8 and it rarely wakes up by its own on my pocket, if it doesn't detect you moving the phone it doesn't even wake up the screen with double tap.

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It works fine on my Lumia 720. Just put security codes so that it wont open all the way.

3. meeaaoon

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

The only feature I really Love and use in G3 knock code and knock on

4. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

my Nokia n9 has that double tap, it is very useful. :) let's say it is on your table or bed and don't want to pick it up, coz you're eating and the finger tip that isn't dirty is your index finger, just double tap it and navigate. :)

5. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

Yes, definitely useful, hate pressing the side button always when waking my phone everytime.

7. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Never used it on my OpO

29. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Really! i use it every time. Can't go without it at all

9. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Double tap is useful, but bb10 swipe up to unlock would be faster and more convenient Poor stock android users

12. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Using it all the time on my Z2 :)

13. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

yes, and double tap the status bar to sleep.. my oneplus one has me spoiled... I hardly ever use the physical buttons

30. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

IKR :D same here mate

14. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I've used double tap to wake on several phones,its certainly uses more battery. For me its a minor feature improvement not worth the extra battery expenditure

19. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Both G2 and G3 it doesnt affect battery noticably at all. Over a day maybe you save 1% or less.

65. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

If implemented properly it basically doesn't use any battery But with phone not design for this feature it will cause some battery problem drain. E.g. It causes battery drain on my Nexus 5 since Google/LG didn't plan on this feature, so the way the screen is connected means that if the digitizer is on the screen must also be on. Phones with this feature have the hardware designed so the digitizer can be on while the screen is off, which barely uses any power.

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