05-06-2016 03:45 PM
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  1. srikat's Avatar
    Here's a handy tip: If you are like me and do not like pressing the physical Home button you can use a free app called All in one Gestures to set a upward swiping gesture with finger on the Home button to simulate its press. Super handy and works awesome.

    1) After installing the app go to its settings, then to SWIPE section, enable it, then tick "Bottom Area" under 'Edges'.

    2) [Optional] Tap the hamburger menu icon, go to Personalization. Then disable the Toast Message and set Vibration intensity to 0.

    3) Swipe Area > Edge Preference. Set the Opacity to 0%.

    via

    05-04-2016 08:39 AM
  2. aldo82's Avatar
    Interesting thanks. I've tried the easy home app which uses the home buttons capactive layer but it doesn't work very well so I might try this.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-04-2016 08:55 AM
  3. davisgq's Avatar
    Here's a handy tip: If you are like me and do not like pressing the physical Home button you can use a free app called All in one Gestures to set a upward swiping gesture with finger on the Home button to simulate its press. Super handy and works awesome.

    After installing the app go to its settings, then to SWIPE section, enable it, then tick "Bottom Area" under 'Edges'.

    [Optional] Tap the hamburger menu icon, go to Personalization. Then disable the Toast Message and set Vibration intensity to 0.

    via
    This was the one thing I missed on this phone coming from a Blackberry Classic/BB10. I'll have to check out this app.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-04-2016 11:09 AM
  4. PJRed2008's Avatar
    This app wants access to everything on the phone which is ridiculous. No way I'd install under those conditions. And in-app purchases besides??
    05-04-2016 11:40 AM
  5. teeitupmo#WN's Avatar
    The home button is built into the phone, an app to simulate the home button press is pointless.

    The app will sit there running in the background monitoring whether the home button is swiped. Using memory and resources.

    Again...pointless.
    05-04-2016 12:02 PM
  6. MartinMPL's Avatar
    So you are supposed to be able to tap (not depress) the home button and use it like a capacitive button right?

    I could not get it to work at all.
    05-04-2016 02:39 PM
  7. Dan TheMan86's Avatar
    This app wants access to everything on the phone which is ridiculous. No way I'd install under those conditions. And in-app purchases besides??
    Welcome to every other app in the Google Play Store. One of the big reasons I didn't want to switch from Windows Phone to Android, but unfortunately had to.
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    05-04-2016 03:45 PM
  8. GeekMoxie's Avatar
    I installed it to give it a shot, and from what I gather you swipe up from your button (essentially swiping up from the bottom edge of your screen) which will then take you home. So it really has nothing to do with the home button, it just so-happens that the home button is in the swiping area.

    It does work well for me, I'm not sure if I will keep it long but it does work. One thing I did was adjust the opacity so there isn't that annoying shaded dark area at the bottom of my screen where you swipe.
    05-04-2016 03:56 PM
  9. aldo82's Avatar
    So you are supposed to be able to tap (not depress) the home button and use it like a capacitive button right?

    I could not get it to work at all.
    Check out the easyhome app for that functionality. I was disappointed by how well it worked but it does exactly what you say

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    05-04-2016 04:16 PM
  10. xocomaox's Avatar
    Downloading and will try it later. Thanks!
    05-04-2016 05:40 PM
  11. srikat's Avatar
    The home button is built into the phone, an app to simulate the home button press is pointless.

    The app will sit there running in the background monitoring whether the home button is swiped. Using memory and resources.

    Again...pointless.
    I find it very useful and in fact essential for my needs. The good thing about Android ecosystem is the vast number of apps and freedom to do what everyone wants. If you list out the apps you use on your mobile, my guess is that at least 1 or 2 of those would be pointless, to me.

    So you are supposed to be able to tap (not depress) the home button and use it like a capacitive button right?

    I could not get it to work at all.
    No. You are supposed to rest your finger on the home button and slide the finger up (at least that's how I've set mine to work).

    ... One thing I did was adjust the opacity so there isn't that annoying shaded dark area at the bottom of my screen where you swipe.
    Good point. I forgot to mention this in my OP. Will edit and add.
    05-04-2016 06:14 PM
  12. danlnyc's Avatar
    There are some weird people out there for reals....
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    05-04-2016 06:30 PM
  13. xocomaox's Avatar
    I used this app to modify the volume down button to do nothing (hate accidentally pressing it!) and volume up to just display volume panel since I only ever use it to modify media volume and notification volume.

    This worked, but now when screen is off the phone makes a noise when I hit the volume up button. This kind of sucks as I'll hit the button in my pocket sometimes. Had to remove it.
    05-04-2016 08:21 PM
  14. PJRed2008's Avatar
    Welcome to every other app in the Google Play Store. One of the big reasons I didn't want to switch from Windows Phone to Android, but unfortunately had to.
    Not quite all but point taken. Some have reasons for asking for the permissions they do, this should not need anything.
    05-04-2016 09:02 PM
  15. Aquila's Avatar
    Not quite all but point taken. Some have reasons for asking for the permissions they do, this should not need anything.
    This is the full list of permissions according to the play store. All of them are necessary for using the full functionality of the app - because the app sets up gestures to handle a lot of tasks, because of the functionality included in, "Launch of an application or shortcut". GPS is needed as part of the in app purchases, photos/camera would be needed in case you launch photos/camera, storage for obvious reason - the app writes and reads data, running apps because you can use or modify the recent apps button, all apps with connectivity need wifi and bluetooth access, but this can also potentially control those, but all of these permissions are completely in line with what this app does. Just not perhaps in line with how you want to use it. And if that's the case, if you're on 6.0 or above, you can simply turn off the permissions you don't want it to have. Realizing of course that it might break stuff that's tangentially connected.

    Version 5.7 can access:
    In-app purchases



    Device & app history

    • retrieve running apps


    Location

    • precise location (GPS and network-based)
    • approximate location (network-based)


    Photos/Media/Files

    • modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
    • read the contents of your USB storage


    Storage

    • modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
    • read the contents of your USB storage


    Camera

    • take pictures and videos


    Wi-Fi connection information

    • view Wi-Fi connections


    Other

    • modify secure system settings
    • draw over other apps
    • modify system settings
    • reorder running apps
    • full network access
    • view network connections
    • close other apps
    • run at startup
    • expand/collapse status bar
    • control vibration
    • change your audio settings
    • connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi
    • pair with Bluetooth devices
    • access Bluetooth settings
    • change network connectivity
    • control flashlight
    • toggle sync on and off
    • read sync settings
    • modify global animation speed
    • read Google service configuration
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    05-05-2016 09:09 AM
  16. PJRed2008's Avatar
    Very good explanation, thank you. My expectations regarding permissions were obviously naive.
    05-05-2016 10:09 AM
  17. louzer's Avatar
    I installed this app and used it for a couple of days. I really enjoyed it, but it was killing my battery. It was showing around 30 to 35% battery usage.

    I emailed the developer about the status for a fix about a week ago, but have not heard back.

    I'm eager for an update to resolve this issue, but can't use it until this is fixed.

    Posted via the Android Central App on the edge
    05-05-2016 01:40 PM
  18. srikat's Avatar
    Strange. No issues here.

    Don't like pressing the Home button? Np. Just swipe on it.-screenshot_20160506-055145.png

    See near the bottom.. it's consuming just 0.3% for me.
    05-05-2016 03:22 PM
  19. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    I installed it to give it a shot, and from what I gather you swipe up from your button (essentially swiping up from the bottom edge of your screen) which will then take you home. So it really has nothing to do with the home button, it just so-happens that the home button is in the swiping area.
    Bingo. And if you use Samsung Pay's quickpay feature, the two swipe up from the bottom gestures sort of get in each other's way. You could set this to swipe in from one of the edges, but I'd just rather press the home button. I don't know anyone who wore out a Samsung home button.
    05-05-2016 08:39 PM
  20. srikat's Avatar
    I am currently trying out easyHome app instead and so far so good. Just place the finger on Home button.
    05-05-2016 09:33 PM
  21. chanchan05's Avatar
    I never understood the I don't wanna press the home button bit. My Galaxy S is still good to go after 6 years, and so is my Note 2 after 2 years of use.
    05-05-2016 10:32 PM
  22. aldo82's Avatar
    I wouldn't say I'm worried about wearing the button out. But having come from phones with soft buttons, I find the physical button a bit slow and clunky. It's quite loud sometimes too! I actually like the capacitive buttons and don't miss on screen buttons. But I would really like it if the home button was capacitive too. It could still be a physical button for waking the screen or for this that like it but then work as a capacitive home button for those that want that functionality. Basically like the easyhome app except I didn't think it worked that well. Wish Samsung would bring that in as an official feature!

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-06-2016 03:32 AM
  23. srikat's Avatar
    Same here. Just used to Nexus style capacitive buttons. What issue are you facing with EasyHome?
    05-06-2016 04:31 AM
  24. aldo82's Avatar
    Same here. Just used to Nexus style capacitive buttons. What issue are you facing with EasyHome?
    I had issues with certain apps opening if the app was running. After reinstalling it that went away but I then found it stopped working a bit too easily. I.e. clear all your recent apps out and it stops working. That's not what I expect from a system type app.

    Also not sure if the capacitive layer is designed to be active all the time. If it's normally off then I would worry about the reliability of the part if it is now switched on all the time. Of course if Samsung implemented the feature then I'd be happy that the part could cope with it

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-06-2016 04:42 AM
  25. srikat's Avatar
    clear all your recent apps out and it stops working
    You are right. It is doing that here as well. But I reopened the app and all is well again. I can live with that. I usually don't do CLOSE ALL.
    05-06-2016 06:18 AM
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