#PMChallenge - Force touch + | App shortcuts made shorter


Have you ever used long press/tap and hold function?

  1. Yes

  2. NO

  3. Do not care

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  1. mahyunk
    Froyo Feb 16, 2019

    mahyunk , Feb 16, 2019 :
    A big thanks to the OnePlus team @Ruby G. and others for giving us this opportunity.

    Here's my entry to the #PMChallenge
    Force touch+ | A new way to interact with app shortcuts

    Why would you want to use Force touch+? | LOGIC and

    If you have used the long press you know it saves a lot of time by executing app specific quick actions without opening the app itself. This new function will allow you to select the said quick action without even lifting the finger .......Ta-Da!!

    Endless possibilities and can work with most of the app shortcuts.

    Here's the stock android version:

    How does Force touch+ work?
    1) You tap and hold on the app you want to use which triggers the quick action popup
    2) Move your finger towards the intended function/action which gets highlighted
    3) Release your finger and Voila!

    For instance, I want to call Andrea
    (she's the girlfriend i wish i had)

    oneplus6t_mockup_dribbble-tap-and-hold.jpg I'll tap and hold the phone app icon and flick my thumb towards her icon
    and release my thumb for magic to happen

    Notice how it tells me that her name's Andrea *chuckles*
    Bad joke's aside,
    This is useful to know what exactly the action's name is before releasing the thumb
    oneplus6t_mockup_dribbble-tap-and-drag-select.jpg Finally, I can talk now *phew oneplus6t_mockup_dribbble-final-action.jpg
    See it in action

    Actions won't trigger unless you release the thumb/finger.
    Thus, it prevents accidental triggers and add more control to the gesture.


    Possible Advanced Features:
    • Launch frequently used apps from folders.
      • Example, user utilizes force touch+ on the social app folder to launch his desired app without opening the folder.
    • Contextual actions can be suggested based on phone's location state.
      • Example, quick actions like write a review or post photos based on the restaurant you're checked in.
    • Or a new way to interact with quick tiles.
      • Following example shows interaction with WiFi quick tile (useful to switch connections in a jiffy).

    How to drag/drop the app icon?
    Normally, if we use drag-flick the app icon will move. Easily solved by adding a move button right next to app info/edit/widgets/uninstall buttons.

    Initial concept sketches depicting different layouts based on icon's location on screen
    tap-0.jpg tap-1.jpg tap-3.jpg tap-2.jpg

    TL;DR - #PMChallenge summary
    Who are the Users?

    Everyone, particularly who use gestures to increase productivity.

    What is the proposed function?
    An updated version of the long press (tap and hold) that allows the user to select the quick actions without lifting the finger/thumb.

    What is the user value?
    A more natural and intuitive gesture which is super easy to use and isn't gimmicky

    How is your proposed feature superior?
    Almost every smartphone manufacturer has it own version of tap and hold (long press) but Force touch+ enables the user to perform actions using a drag-flick gesture.
    OnePlus could be the first one to implement such gesture into its smartphones.
    OxygenOS has been all about blazing fast UI and UX. Let's make it even
    The best part is this feature isn't hardware dependent

    How this will be integrated into the OS?
    Just replace it with existing tap and hold.
    It can be future way to interact with the OS

    Will this result in a burden-less experience?

    Contrary to its name Force touch+ isn't forced upon users.
    They can simply open apps using single tap and do tasks the long way.

    Continuing the above example, If i were to call Andrea, i would have to
    Tap the phone icon > Tap her contact icon > Call placed
    but the productivity increases multi-fold when using force touch+

    because now i'll just have to

    in one continuous motion.

    Any feedback and suggestion is appreciated

    I know this won't win *sob* but hey, at least i tried.

    Last edited: Feb 21, 2019

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  2. Papleshh
    Eclair Feb 17, 2019

    Papleshh , Feb 17, 2019 :
    Okay, this looks great. I inconsistently use the app shortcuts because they take 2 taps to activate. In almost the same amount of time i can open the app itself. Drag-flick looks interesting. Honestly speaking, this isn't something groundbreaking but sometimes the simple things work. You might just have a winner on your hands.

  3. Shapeshift3r
    Eclair Feb 17, 2019

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  4. Aashika_
    Eclair Feb 17, 2019

    Aashika_ , Feb 17, 2019 :
    Exactly, what is the point of shortcuts if they aren't short:rolleyes:.

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  5. mahyunk
    Froyo Feb 17, 2019

    mahyunk , Feb 17, 2019 :
    Thanks for your feedback and support :)
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2019

  6. mahyunk
    Froyo Feb 17, 2019

    mahyunk , Feb 17, 2019 :
    They'll get even shorter :)

  7. mahyunk
    Froyo Feb 17, 2019

    mahyunk , Feb 17, 2019 :
    Priceless comment ;)

  8. Android450
    Marshmallow Feb 17, 2019

  9. mahyunk
    Froyo Feb 17, 2019

    mahyunk , Feb 17, 2019 :
    Thanks for the support :)

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  10. OceaneSxm
    Jelly Bean Feb 17, 2019

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  11. mahyunk
    Froyo Feb 18, 2019

    mahyunk , Feb 18, 2019 :
    I've updated the thread with some gifs that give a rough idea on how this could be implemented. Have a look and give your opinion.

  12. Aashika_
    Eclair Feb 18, 2019

    Aashika_ , Feb 18, 2019 :
    The gifs look great. Definitely makes things clearer :smile:

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  13. Papleshh
    Eclair Feb 18, 2019

    Papleshh , Feb 18, 2019 :
    It's getting better and better and those animations add a dimension to the concept. Extra effort always rewards.

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  14. Ruby G.
    NA Community Manager Feb 19, 2019

  15. Shapeshift3r
    Eclair Feb 19, 2019

    Shapeshift3r , Feb 19, 2019 :
    Impressive stuff :wink:
    Now, the Proposal looks complete. Looks fairly easy to implement as well. Good luck :smile:

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  16. heptanitrocubane
    Cupcake Feb 19, 2019

    heptanitrocubane , Feb 19, 2019 :
    Great idea - I always wanted that in Oxygen OS. Could you implement a shortcut like that, but for frequently used apps. So maybe the drag-and-flick can be applied to the side of the screen and you can select frequently used apps.

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  17. mahyunk
    Froyo Feb 19, 2019

    mahyunk , Feb 19, 2019 :
    Thanks for the feedback :smile:
    It's good to see positive comments.

    One way I can currently think of is to create a folder with your favourite and frequently used apps, drag-flick on the folder and release on your desired app.

    Fast and effective.
    Different folders can be made based on categories (social, productivity, essentials).

    Drag flick applied to the side of the home screen will be prone to accidental triggers and will interfere with current gestures.
    There are probably apps for it too.
    Let me know what do you think

  18. Babu_rao_apte
    Donut Feb 19, 2019

    Babu_rao_apte , Feb 19, 2019 :
    Looks great, this is something we can use daily.
    App shortcuts currently are tedious to use.
    I've seen some awesome submissions and I can easily say yours is one of them. Short, crisp and to the point.
    Good luck :smile:
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2019

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  19. _Arundhati_
    Eclair Feb 20, 2019

    _Arundhati_ , Feb 20, 2019 :
    Interesting idea :smile:
    Doing repetitive tasks will take less time and time is money. OnePlus could use such an idea, it will definitely add to the user value.
    Looks simple but could be the way we'll interact with the OS in the future.
    Great job :wink:

  20. heptanitrocubane
    Cupcake Feb 20, 2019

    heptanitrocubane , Feb 20, 2019 :
    I was thinking about Samsung's edge feature...Sounds good, though if OnePlus would automatically organise a folder (or equivalent) with your frequent apps it would be easier.