On my new phone, OnePlus with Android 12, the incoming call UX is abysmal. There is a circle with a phone handset in the middle, with white chevrons indicating you can swipe up or down. Somehow you are supposed to guess that up means answer and down means decline. On my old android 11 phone at least there was a green icon for answer and red icon for decline, but it was still swipe left or right. What is it with these asshole interface designers who think that left/right or up/down has some universal meaning? Fuck these people.

I always end up using Simple Dialer, soo…

noodlejetski
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I’m fairly sure that when you hold on the circle without swiping, it will show you which direction does what. not ideal, but not requiring you to guess either.

I just tested and nope. It doesn’t.

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Buttons n’ menu bars aren’t cool anymore. We need 10,000 hot corners n’ 32 different swipe gestures, so we don’t get confused by all those buttons.

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Well, in this case, the use of gestures makes sense, since you may otherwise accidentally accept the call, e.g. when taking your phone out of your pocket.

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I don’t see how gestures improves this. I know that when I had a smartphone, I’d reach in 'n grab the whole thing with my hand. Maybe I just hold phones wrong, but I’m almost certain that I’d accidentally trigger the gesture.

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The worst of this are the “gesture bars” that iOS and even Android are starting to use on the bottom of their screens for navigation. Just give me buttons that I can understand instead of making me learn what finger movement I’m supposed to use to bring up my running apps or go back.

God I really miss buttons.

the gestures on ios and some android phones are pretty intuitive

gestures and other button-less designs aren’t inherently bad, quite the contrary actually, the problems start when these gestures and button-less designs are used for the sake of themselves and not more convenience, ease-of-use etc

I actually like these (in concept). I agree that hiding things is often a bad Idea but for such fundamental navigation that you use constantly it is fine to have to learn if it makes it easier, faster or has other important benefits (such as reduced screen space usage in this case). Sure you have to learn, but it is a worthwhile investment and you aren’t going to forget.

Yeah, I instantly disable " gestures" now. That’s just a crazy nightmare.

I agree that it should be more clear, but I would swipe up to answer. Just makes more sense to me than swiping down.

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kind of like picking up the phone.

Yeah that’s a good way to think about it.

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