#PM Challenge - Simple split screen activation

  1. EABowden
    Ice Cream Sandwich Feb 19, 2019

    EABowden , Feb 19, 2019 :
    Split screen is a feature many OnePlus owners use every day, but activating it with gestures is currently a long-winded process. My solution takes three of the fice steps out of the process.

    Who are the users?
    Absolutely everybody

    What is the proposed function?
    Fast split screen activation

    What is the user value?

    At the moment the split screen activation process is TORTUOUS. My simple tweek to OOS can reduce the time sent to open split screen by more than 50%

    If there are existing comparable functions in the smartphone industry, how is your proposed feature superior?
    Worked example

    This is the current process...

    You're reading a newspaper online and want to open Whatsapp to chat at the same time...


    To activate split screen, I have to
    1. Slide up to task manager

    2. Press the three dots to open menu
    3. Press 'split screen'


    4. Choose the next app I want to open

    5. Start using split screen


    At the moment you have three basic gestures
    1. Swipe up open app to open task manager
    2. Swipe up and right to switch to most recent app
    3. Fast slide up to return to home screen

    The proposed gesture is so simple I can't believe it isn't standard.
    1. Swipe up, as if opening task manager, but keep sliding to 'dock' the current app at the top of the screen.

    2. Choose the next app i want to open
    By doing this you are already at step 4 in the previous process, and can simply select the next app immediately!

    To the Product department
    This removes three steps from a five step process.

    To the developers
    Potentially apps such as youtube could be set to continue operating whilst split screen is being activated, so video would not stop.
    For anyone with small hands, you could design it so once you have got to a certain distance up the screen, e.g. 2cm, you can 'fling' the current app into the dock position. This would avoid conflict with the fast swipe that returns you to the homescreen.

    To UX Design
    The current flow results in a vastly sub-optimal user journey. My solution is simplicity itself.

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