Nokia on Patterns of Human Interaction: Nokia’s solution is no game changer

Nokia’s design team led by Marko Ahtisaari has been working to simplify navigation model and provide users with a more easily glanceable device. Their solution, let the user access the last 3 recent apps by swiping right.

I disagree with Nokia solution being better than Apple’s or even Android’s solution to get to recent apps. If you double press on the home button in iPhone or if you press and hold the home button on Android you get to the recent apps, how is that worse than swiping right… they provide the same functionality and they have almost similar discoverability issues.



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6 Responses to Nokia on Patterns of Human Interaction: Nokia’s solution is no game changer

  1. Thanks for picking up on this Sachendra. Did you have a chance to watch the full session? Ahtisaari talks about the role of the home button double tap and current approaches to multi-tasking, as well as doing a quick poll of the audience to ascertain what percentage of the iPhone users present (of which there are many) actually use the double tap task switching (not many).

  2. Marek,

    My point is that how is Nokia’s solution more intuitive as opposed to what the other three mobile platforms are doing. Windows Phone 7, for example, shows recent apps on press & hold of back button which I feel is more intuitive than any of the other platforms but they didn’t make a big hue and cry about it because they had much important things to talk about that people care about more. Most applications don’t use swipe for navigating within applications, they use buttons and links, and to go back they use the back hard key, it’s more intuitive to map the recent apps to the back key than to a right swipe.

    Nokia needs to do better than that to differentiate.

  3. I think a swipe is more intuitive than press and hold. It can occur within the users existing gesture flow and, if implemented correctly, the result of the swipe is visible while the gesture is being performed: the screen appears to peel away the top layer. In contrast, press and hold (as used by most mobile OS currently), breaks the flow by requiring the user to input a command (press), wait (hold) before they can see the result. Of course, this is not say to the N9 will achieve a better multi-tasking experience than other devices – that will depend entirely upon how well Nokia have implemented the theory described by Ahtisaari. However, I believe the logic of the design choices he describes is sound.

    It will take some getting used to, but I think we are going to see more devices moving to completely button free faces over the next couple of release cycles.

  4. Cypmuru Gan says:


    In near future, the touch devices move away from the soft and hard keys & gesture based interactions become primary.

  5. dear don says:

    Dear, thanks a lot for interesting posting.This is really interesting and informative.
    I enjoyed the article and hope you will continue post such interesting article.

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