Brainstorm

Actions when Device is LOCKED and a event like Alarm, Aleart, Reminder or Call happens

Posted on 2010-01-16 13:34 UTC by Helmuth M.. Status: Under consideration, Categories: Desktop, User Experience, Devices, Other.

 

Often it's to easy to cancel a Alert or answer a call when the Device is locked (keyboard and touchscreen) and you have to put it out of your pocket and/or your case.

There should be a better action instead only touching a button on the screen.

 

You hear a alert, put your maemo device out of the pocket and when you have it in your hand the display is dark again. When you unlock the device, there is no hint what's going on? You only know from the sound, was it a alarm, a reminder or a call you've canceled accidentally. But, a reminder? Have you Snooze it or disable it? Have you a appointment in 15 minutes? You have to go to the calendar and search what was going on.

 

This Brainstorm points to incomming Calls, reminder, Alerts, Alarms and every other event that needs a user action while the Device is locked. The target is to get a consistent solution for all kind of this events.

Here is the Discussion at maemo talk: LINK

Bugs belongs to this: 5982, 7602, 7218

 

Some discussions related to this problem:

Solutions for this brainstorm

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Solution #1: swipe for a action

Posted on 2010-01-16 13:43 UTC by Helmuth M..

Replace all simple Button Press actions with swipe actions when the device is locked. So you can't tap a Button on the screen by accident.

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Solution #2: Message system on the device for events during locked device

Posted on 2010-01-16 13:48 UTC by Helmuth M..

Leave a Message somewhere on the device what the user have done while the device was locked. (something like the Messages you get when you have new EMails or a SMS)

This Solution could help at alearts from the calendar, but it wouldn't help when you answered accidentally a call of your mother in law. ;-)

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Solution #3: only the ability to snooze a event during the screen is locked

Posted on 2010-01-16 14:32 UTC by Helmuth M..

This Solution points only at Alerts and Alarms.

While the Device is locked, you should only have a single button somewhere on the interface to snooze a aleart. When you unlock the device it should stay there. Then you can edit it, close it, clear the aleart or something else. (when you only snooze it, it should remember you in 5 minutes again)

Edit: I've added a fast mockup. The desing is not fine. But everyone should understand how it works. Any suggestions at talk are welcome. :-)

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Solution #4: Incomming Call: Button only to silent a call, to answer or cancel you must wipe something on the display

Posted on 2010-01-16 14:35 UTC by Helmuth M..

This solution points only at incomming calls.

When a call is comming in there should be a button to silent a call fast.

Under this Button there should be a Knob to wipe. Wipe it to the left to cancel a call and wipe it to the right to answer a call.

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Solution #5: Change ui for incoming call in portrait mode

Posted on 2010-01-20 14:14 UTC by Helmuth M..

Some users of n900 have a problem pressing Reject button instead of Answer. Especially when they operate by one hand or in gloves.

In landscape mode everithing is ok, both buttons are split vertically.

In portrait mode those buttons are split horizontally so many people accidentally press Reject button.

A fast workaround could be to enlarge the space between the two Buttons or change the size of the Area to press. 2 examples are added.

Advantageously this wouldn't help when you press it by accident in your pocket.

Thanks to Zeed for the Idea and the mockup.

Edit: Added a additional picture by Zeed with swapped buttons.

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Solution #6: use original swipe

Posted on 2010-01-24 19:51 UTC by Thomas Höglund.

When phone is locked (keybord and screen) and an event (phonecall, message,

alam or whatever) happends, the screen could show the original swipe (like if you press on/off button)

and after swipe show event (or phonescreen for answering calls)

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Solution #7: Option

Posted on 2010-01-24 22:23 UTC by Ndi Ndi.

Add an option in the settings, called "Allow applications to unlock screen", ideally with a list of applications, like phone, calendar, etc, and "other".

User should have a choice to allow unlocking or disallow it, in which case the unlock screen and swipe stays on.

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