Windows 10 Mobile to have a one-handed mode similar to Apple's Reachability

Windows 10 Mobile to have a one-handed mode similar to Apple's Reachability
Microsoft has been churning out Windows 10 preview builds like there is no tomorrow (the latest shipping just a few days ago), which is understandable, given that the July 29th release date of its newest operating system version is fast approaching. Windows 10 Mobile updates, though? Not so fast, as the release date for this one is rumored to be some time in September, in time for Microsoft to release new Lumia phones to go along with it, and create some competition to the Android-iOS duopoly during the holidays.

This is why we are glad to report that there has been a new preview build of Windows 10 Mobile hitting developers' handsets, and, along with the obligatory bug-smashing, it introduces some intriguing new features that will likely make it into the final product. The one that caught our attention the most is an eventual one-handed mode for handsets with a 5-inch or above display. This new option slides down the whole interface to fit a much smaller area on the screen, allowing you to reach anything with one thumb in an easier manner, apparently similar to Apple's Reachability regime. Microsoft's one-handed mode is evoked by pressing and holding the home key, and you can return to a full-screen mode by tapping on the black screen portion at the top, or just wait for the one-handed session to time out.

Cortana, on the other hand, has also gotten smarter, and can now track packages for you, or show you information about your upcoming flights with info gleaned from your emails - if you let her peep there, of course. Last but not least of the bigger features introduced in this latest Windows 10 Mobile build, is the new organizational structure for photos in your gallery app, which can now be arranged by the date they were taken, and you can tap on the current month to get a list of months and years you can jump to directly, without endless scrolling through the Photos app.

source: WindowsBlog

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16 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

Ooh nice nice!

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Not to bad, using it now on my 1520. Though I rarely use it one handed.

2. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

nothing beat touchwize one-hand mode it is epic !

3. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

But since most of the latest lumia phones were entry level ones with screen size below 5", i don't think many people will use it,except lumia 1520 users

4. nokiafan

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

Entry level Lumia 535, Lumia 830, Lumia 1320, Lumia 1520, Lumia 640, Lumia 640XL, Lumia 540. Entry, Mid-Range, and High End ones

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

930 as well

5. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Just give us Lumia 940. I want to have it as my first Windows phone. Snapdragon 808-805,3GB RAM, 5"-5.2" FullHD OLED display,24mp PireView with next generation OIS and 5mp camera, 6.5mm-8mm thinness, 2800+mAh battery, SD card slot. You will have my money!!

8. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

I would just pump that battery to 3,200+mAh and forget about the thickness. Also, I hope no more overheating issues cause some previous Lumias heated up on older SoC's.

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

No thinness, the 930 is a beast, and its 9mm thickness is nothing. It actually feels so darn good to hold that when you hold anything else you feel like it will die on you. I have dropped it many times and it still going strong without a worry. I don't want a thin phone, I want a real phone. IMO that is.

6. Bondurant

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

One hand mode started in Chinese custom UI 2 years ago. I think Gionee Elife E7.

16. engineer-1701d unregistered

wrong elife was not first samsung even note 2 in 2013 gs3 had it i think first note had it

7. Avinash.Meeniga unregistered

Didn't samsung came out with the one-hand more before apple's reachability ? So why say reachability & not just one or single hand mode?

10. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

I think it's because just like in the iphone you use the home button to activate it, the content at the bottom just disappears and it's only to reaching the top, not the sides(correct me if i'm wrong). Samsung's one hand mode just shrinks the content but's that's more convenient at times.

11. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

*only to reach the top

9. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

That's what I wanted for android

12. gaming64 unregistered

Get a Samsung or root your phone.

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