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 !
There is an interesting thread in the ubuntu-phone mailing list about the « back » button : https://lists.launchpad.net/ubuntu-phone/msg02260.html
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