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

Poll results: 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. 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.

That is why we asked you last week 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. Surprisingly enough, the overwhelming majority of our nearly 4,000 respondents answered with yes, meaning that the gesture has made a lasting impression as one of the most convenient actions you can implement for unlocking the large screens of today's smartphones. We wholeheartedly agree, and hope that the folks behind Android will take notice, or at least that more manufacturers will be fully implementing it in their own UI overlays.

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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17 Comments

1. fatTony

Posts: 116; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

This is real innovation. Implementing features (screen size, live wallpaper, etc) other manufactures have had for years is not.

12. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

How do I add the double tap feature to my Sprint S4 ???

2. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

It should be standard IF: - It does not affect battery life dramatically. - It can be turned off optionally So yes. Please take note and implement it right.

3. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

If i am not mistaken, the first OEM that implement this is Nokia right? I remember my good old Nokia N9 already have this function.

15. jojon

Posts: 437; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Quite correct Authurhkt

4. roygutgon

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 03, 2014

You can enable it in other Android phones (as Galaxy) using Nova Launcher Pro and an App called Screen Off. Configure first the Screen Off app. Then, in the options of Nova Launcher Pro/Gestures/Double touch, you can choose the Screen Off app. You can even configure the Screen Off app to show an "Old style TV" animation for power off.

11. Exempt1 unregistered

But you can't turn the screen on from the same feature, which is the really nice part with Android phones with buttonless, clean face plates. After using my G3 for a few months, I have double tapped almost every phone and tablet I've held to turn it on and off. :p

5. roygutgon

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 03, 2014

The above mentioned post only for Power Off.

6. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I have no problem with hitting the home button or sleep/wake button one time.

7. mustafansu

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 18, 2012

I have it on my OnePlus One, and it is a very useful feature. Specially for a large phone, hard to find the power button on sides when the phone flat on a table or bed. It is a must have feature for me for my future phones.

8. Bridgep0rt

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

Honestly, its one of the best features on my M8

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22505; Member since: May 28, 2014

I can honestly go without it. I'm good with the "swipe to wake" implementation on my BB10 devices. The double tap feature is a good one, nonetheless.

13. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Sly lol. You have very similar technology to use, kudos indeed. Both are stellar imo.

10. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

after 2 days and I rarely use the power button on my LG G2 :))

14. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

My OnePlus One has spoiled me. When I pick up a phone, any phone, I now double tap the screen.

16. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

I still remember when they implement this first on the Nokia N9. It was awesome. Then the lumia's and now seeing android phone adopt this feature.

17. RushFan2112

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 16, 2011

I'm in the same boat as most of the others. I find it annoying when I pick up a phone, double-tap the screen and it doesn't turn on. I mean WTF! Get with the program.

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