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Ubuntu Touch : an emergency mode ?

When friends came home, I let them try UbuntuTouch on my Nexus7. First, I just said « use edges ».

They started and found easily the launcher, then launched gallery, then an image in full screen, and then… lost ! They were stuck on the image, tapping/swapping on the image as much/fast as they could.

I had to tell them « the toolbar is in the bottom edge and there is a back button ».

All this made me think : « what if… there was an emergency mode ? »

Here is a proposal ;-)


If you have ideas about other gestures that can be mapped to the « emergency mode », please tell me !

Ubuntu Touch : about the « Back » button

There is an interesting thread in the ubuntu-phone mailing list about the « back » button :

Some early users are complaining that :

  • it’s not easy to discover (specially for new users),
  • it needs two taps

Several proposals have been made, but only described as text. I tried to make some proposals with more precise mockups :

1 – a « back » button as an overlay, with 2 variations


Pro : only one tap, very easy to discover
Cons : doesn’t respect the Ubuntu guideline : « no controls, just content »

2 – a back gesture


Pro : respect the Ubuntu guideline « no controls, just content », very similar to notification’s gesture
Cons : stil not very easy to discover

Finally, as each proposal is interesting while not being perfect, I think that Ubuntu touch may let the user decides which one he wants to use : it may be defined in settings :

The « back » behavior is implemented through :

  • a « back » button in the toolbar
  • a « back » button as an overlay
  • a back gesture from the bottom edge