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#PMChallenge – Scroll on the side of a phone

  1. markob86
    Cupcake Feb 20, 2019

    markob86 , Feb 20, 2019 :
    Who are the users?

    -Potentially every user of OnePlus smartphone (users of new OnePlus smartphone if the feature is enabled with new hardware).


    What is the proposed function?

    -Removing the need to move the thumb across the screen while scrolling, which will make the whole screen area visible for the user.
    -Faster scrolling by reducing required thumb motion.


    What is the user value?

    -The user will have a better user experience while consuming content on his/her phone.


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

    -There is at least one app in Google Play Store that enables similar functionality, but improvements and integration with OS could make the user experience much better. If the feature is enabled by introducing new hardware, it will be far superior to simple software implementation.


    Smartphone manufacturers are in the race to achieve all-screen bezel-less phones, but at the same time, users are blocking a huge area of their smartphone screens with their fingers. Scrolling through content is one of most used actions on smartphones, which means that the user experience can be drastically improved if this action can be simplified. While they scroll with swipe gestures, users need to constantly move fingers in and out of the display in order to see the whole screen. If a scroll function is achieved by some actions on the side or back of the phone, users could see the whole screen in every moment. Beside visibility, required movement of fingers could be reduced significantly.

    There are two ways to achieve this. One is to use existing buttons and use software to change how those buttons behave. An example is the volume button which functionality could be changed when the new feature is activated. Activation and deactivation could be achieved with some gestures. The pressing of the volume key will scroll the page when this function is activated, and the volume will be changed when functionality is deactivated. This solution obviously has problems, and a much better solution would be to use dedicated buttons for this task. New buttons should be able to detect swipe gestures. In my opinion, the volume button could be equipped with touch sensors that could detect swipe and double tap. Swipe could perform the scroll action, and the double tap could perform page down or page up depending where tap is performed. At the same time the volume will be changed with press like in classical volume key.

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