Handle a call without touching your phone's screen with the Gestures Beta app for Windows Phone

Windows Phone users can enjoy some new features on their handset once they download and install the Gestures Beta app, available from the Windows Phone Store. With the app, Windows Phone users will be able to pick up their ringing phone, put it to their ear, and take the call without touching the screen. Want to mute a call quickly? With this app, you simply place the handset flat on a table, display-side down, and the caller will be unable to hear you making fun of him.

If you place the phone flat on a table with the speaker-side up, the speakerphone goes into operation. Best to make sure that you remember which gesture turns the speaker on and which one mutes your phone. If you forget which does which, you could make a mistake fatal to your career! Note that those sporting the Nokia Lumia 630, Nokia Lumia 635 and Nokia Lumia 530 will have limited functionality with the app.

The Gestures Beta app is a free download from the Windows Phone Store, and allows you to answer the phone, enable the speaker or the mute button, all without touching the display. Make life easier for yourself and install it on your Windows Phone handset today.

source: GesturesBeta (WindowsPhone) via WindowsCentral



1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I can`t get it on my M8. Says it is not compatible for some reason. I will try again later. Maybe it is exclusive to lumias?

6. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Because M8 has frontal stereo speakers and orientation sensor doesn't recognizes? Idk but just a guess.

10. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

This app is exclusive for Lumias , tried it , its so cool!

20. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Darn. Wanted to try it. They should really specify that in the article.

29. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

It's in Beta, so maybe will reach other WPs later as part of an OS update

2. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

This is an interesting app.. If I had a wp device I'd use this for sure.

3. Carlitos

Posts: 664; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I love these features! They are actually pretty useful and work. (However, my phone isn't a windows phone, part of touchwiz on the galaxy s4)

4. Nkolsen

Posts: 60; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Its pretty funny. In TW its a gimmick, on WP its a very usefull tool. Plz make up your minds. .....

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

These are all ripoffs of TouchWiz features. It is annoying how people dismiss TouchWiz as gimmicky when it inspires many.

7. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

You still waving with your hands to scroll?

9. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Ripoff? Really? You clearly hate Windows Phone OS. Nokia had glance before LG's knock code and Moto's Display. Should i consider these to be ripoffs?

12. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And what does this feature has to do with the gesture to scroll and answer calls?? They are ripped off the "gimmicky" TW, as always.

13. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I won't argue.But stop using the word 'ripoff'. Or call knock code and moto's display ripoff's too.

15. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well I can't blame people, seeing how bad people speak about TW around the web, and then when people make features that TW has had, that work just fine there, they call it 'useful' 'innovative' and so forth. I think it is cool that other phones are adopting it, but there is no need to begin arguing about it, TW had it first, yes, is it a bad thing that others adopt it? no quite the opposite. If a feature can benefit the user base, they should adopt it :)

28. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Glace wasn't like Moto's Active display upon its arrival. You wave your hand in front of it or pick up the phone to activate, not let's just keep the screen on always or for a predetermined amount of time. Nokia later added the wave feature. Moto had it first. And seeing how Nokia debuted it in Jun of 2013 and the Moto X came out with it in August or so, I can't really say they copied it.

14. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

have you ever use nokia n9? many touchwiz gestures originate from meego. samsung realy like meego even tizen is child of meego. before thinking sammy invent those gestures do some research. if you want to prove go youtube/google then search "air ui n9"

16. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Hm that is true, cool that they had it, though I will gladly admit I didn't remember that feature until you mentioned it, it was there, didn't work that well and that's probably why we don't remember. Unfortunate, but then yes, credit where credit is due, n9 did it first, samsung adopted it, and now others are adopting it, still a good thing since they can be quite useful.

17. willard12 unregistered

The rule is, if Touchwiz has it then it's a gimmick. If any other company has it, it's innovative.

26. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

It is other way around. If WP has kids corner, it is useless. If Samsung and LG adopts, PA and all WP haters will say, Samsung introduce the cool feature, etc. That's fact.

35. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

not innovative but useful. gimmick is like = yeah cool to hear but not that useful, (functionality wise)

19. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

My WP7 HTC Trophy had the feature where flipping it face-down while on a call would automatically turn on the speaker, and flipping it back would turn off speaker. I believe it also had the ability to silence the phone in the same manner, if I recall correctly. Not sure if this was before or after TouchWiz included the feature, but that was in 2011 and it's nothing novel to either platform, so let's all just stop the proverbial "that's mine!"

23. mattypaul

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Lumia's have had the flip to silence feature since 2011. Earlier that year the Nokia N9 had many of these features too.

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

There are many useful TW things, the problem is that it slows down android. Will this slow down my 925? Probably not.

27. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Its a gimmick when Samsung advertises Smart Gestures, they just build the hype like its the best next thing and when you experience it, it was 'meh'. On the other hand, other devices advertise it too but they simply say we had this simple gestures. Period. No build up whatsoever.

8. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Works great on my Lumia 920...

11. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Works perfect on my 820 Note: This is a Lumia exclusive app

21. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

My old HTC Touch Pro 2 on Windows Mobile had the feature to turn on speakerphone if the device was placed face down. In fact, the mute button was on the back cover so it was easy to mute in case something was not meant to be heard. It also had the feature to quiet the ringer when picking up AND it used a stylus. I guess TouchWiz ain't so innovative after all. Nothing new here folks.

30. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Works great on my 520, 925, and 1020. Nice not having to take the extra moment to select the "answer" button for incoming calls.

32. bhagirath93

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 16, 2014

Guys stop,actually nokia has patent on gestures based innovation and Samsung pays royalities to Nokia for using it in their phones...but they were overlooked by Microsoft and they did never use it.but now they found the real imp of this.

34. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

When did Palm sell the intellectual rights to Nokia? webOS had a full gesture-based OS long before Nokia even had a capacitive display.

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