Do you think that the double-tap-to-wake gesture should be standard on all phones?
posted by Daniel P. / Oct 30, 2014, 7:48 AM
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.One option we find particularly useful on a day-to-day basis, though, and it is
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
No, I can go without
It should definitely be on every smartphone, but I personally don't use it.
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 7:50 AM 6
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.
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 8:10 AM 20
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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.
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 4:23 PM 0
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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
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 9:56 PM 0
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.
posted on Nov 02, 2014, 9:17 AM 0
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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.
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 10:15 PM 0
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"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. :)
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 8:10 AM 0
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How do we add this double-tap feature to the Galaxy S4 4 ????? Thanks in advance.
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 11:31 AM 1
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Yes, I use it constantly on my M8, love the feature.
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 7:53 AM 3
I liked it too, but the screen always randomly turns on inside and its terribly annoying
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 7:56 AM 0
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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. :)
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 7:55 AM 3
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yes, and double tap the status bar to sleep.. my oneplus one has me spoiled... I hardly ever use the physical buttons
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 8:12 AM 2
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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
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 8:17 AM 0
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Both G2 and G3 it doesnt affect battery noticably at all. Over a day maybe you save 1% or less.
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 8:46 AM 2
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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.
posted on Oct 30, 2014, 10:03 PM 0
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