07-26-2019 08:51 AM
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  1. moz_1983's Avatar
    In short, the vertical 'stacked' scrolling view of Recent Apps has been changed to a side by side horizontal view. Does anyone know how to change it back? I can't seem to find any menu or option which allows you to alter the view. Many thanks!
    im.mark and Ultrabenosaurus like this.
    02-01-2019 05:49 AM
  2. Jesus Delgadillo's Avatar
    Lmao it's part of the update. There's no way to "change it back" unless you flash back to Oreo. Silly question.
    02-01-2019 06:05 AM
  3. Gayle Lynn's Avatar
    Most people grow to like it. Habits and resisting change... futility.
    02-01-2019 06:13 AM
  4. moz_1983's Avatar
    Well it's not particularly silly if they've removed a simple yet effective function for no good reason. Others have raised this elsewhere -
    "Another undesired change in Google’s latest multitasking view is that you basically only see your current app in it, with only vertical slivers of the two neighboring apps. In previous versions of Android, you’d get a vertical stack of apps, letting you tap to access older apps more quickly."

    Thanks for the input, I guess.
    02-01-2019 06:16 AM
  5. moz_1983's Avatar
    Most people grow to like it. Habits and resisting change... futility.
    I can appreciate change, that I have no issue with. But with this horizontal view you have limited visibility of the other apps open on your phone, whereas the horizontal listing allowed you to see much more.

    Sigh, never mind
    im.mark and Ultrabenosaurus like this.
    02-01-2019 06:17 AM
  6. methodman89's Avatar
    Download 'Goodlock' from the Samsung Galaxy Apps . You'll be able to choose a few ways to scroll through the recent apps, along with other tweaks.
    02-01-2019 06:39 AM
  7. moz_1983's Avatar
    Interesting, thanks for the heads-up. Will check it out.
    im.mark likes this.
    02-01-2019 06:48 AM
  8. bbgpsuser's Avatar
    Interesting, thanks for the heads-up. Will check it out.
    You want the "Goodlock" from the Samsung store (Galaxy apps) NOT the one from the Google play store.
    02-01-2019 08:30 AM
  9. methodman89's Avatar
    You want the "Goodlock" from the Samsung store (Galaxy apps) NOT the one from the Google play store.
    Yes, I corrected my post.
    im.mark likes this.
    02-01-2019 09:49 AM
  10. jgenn3's Avatar
    Love the new gestures and new recent apps view, reminds me of my old BlackBerry PlayBook....
    mary beth hale likes this.
    02-01-2019 12:08 PM
  11. karelj's Avatar
    I'm not sure that the current iteration of Goodlock works properly with PIE. Maybe it was updated between the time I tried it yesterday and now.
    02-01-2019 08:21 PM
  12. joeldf's Avatar
    Nope. Good Lock has not been updated yet. All the apps through Good Lock have been "unplugged" after the Pie update, including Task Changer, which is the specific app in question.
    02-02-2019 12:46 AM
  13. Adam Frix's Avatar
    Most people grow to like it. Habits and resisting change... futility.
    Change for the sake of change is not inherently good.

    Calling a spade a spade here. Change, in and of itself, needs to be called out when it makes the product inferior. Google and Apple are two prime examples.

    It seems to me that Samsung had a utility in Android 8 to change the vertical stack to the side by side. There's no reason they couldn't do the same thing here in reverse. And maybe they should.
    im.mark and Classact 1 like this.
    02-02-2019 08:48 AM
  14. Gayle Lynn's Avatar
    I agree that Google and Samsung make idiotic choices, as has Apple and Microsoft.

    The iOS ification of Mac OS X, why Windows 10 is worse on Surface tablet than 8.1 RT was. Or that BlackBerry recents choices were superior. But other than feedback during beta, unless there's an uproar, it falls in the hands of 3rd party launchers to improve upon.

    Companies seem to get worse as they get get bigger, driven by marketing types. Not tech people. And the dumbing down of user interface experience.

    I think most Windows users would still prefer Windows 7 but forced to update.

    All I get for my consternation is fight the inevitable and be upset or learn to live with it after 40+ years with all these system 'upgrades.'
    02-02-2019 09:10 AM
  15. Life Line's Avatar
    hey there everyone!

    i was also mad at it. finding ways back to vertical scroll for background apps.

    Recently on my nokia 6.1 plus (android 9) suddenly from nowhere while pressing that square app button for background apps , instead of horizontal scroll , i saw old view of vertical scroll(exactly as in old android devices) . but it was there for just few seconds , it sounds quite weird but after few seconds it was not there. i dont know how . i am using no third party app. in short it means there is a way to switch to vertical scroll. but i guess android people themselves dont know how. it is a ghost setting.

    hope they come up with clear solution.
    03-27-2019 02:15 PM
  16. Rukbat's Avatar
    If you run multiple apps on the screen (like something that has to be logged into and your password app), horizontal is easier - just tap the icon at the top of the app showing in recents, choose to split the screen, then choose the other app from recents on the bottom of the screen. Much faster. Vertical scrolling on half a screen is kind of cramped.
    03-27-2019 03:46 PM
  17. fossssil's Avatar
    Goodlock is updated recently to be a bit of each... see version 1.0.00.46
    im.mark likes this.
    03-31-2019 08:33 PM
  18. rltidd27's Avatar
    Download 'Goodlock' from the Samsung Galaxy Apps . You'll be able to choose a few ways to scroll through the recent apps, along with other tweaks.
    Thanks for the reminder! It has also been updated, not as good as before, but better than the new stock google one.
    03-31-2019 09:37 PM
  19. Ultrabenosaurus's Avatar
    Not 100% sure the package name will be the same, as I have a Note 8, but you can remove the new recent apps screen and get back to the Oreo version by installing a 3rd party launcher and removing the default Samsung Experience Home package via ADB. Samsung's launcher is in the Play Store so you can reinstall it easy enough so long as your phone doesn't brick. Obviously do this at your own risk, it worked for me but I'm just some stranger on the Internet.

    1. Install a 3rd party launcher of your choice. I recommend Nova or t-ui (Linux CLI Launcher).
    2. Set the new launcher as default.
    3. Download your flavour of ADB.
    4. Follow the first 12 steps of this guide to get USB debugging and ADB connected to your phone.
    5. Optionally, use step 13 from that guide to check the exact package name of Samsung's launcher on your phone.
    6. Run this command: pm uninstall --user 0 com.sec.android.app.launcher
    7. Check your recent apps screen and rejoice.


    Admittedly it hasn't been a day since I did this myself, but there are threads all over the Internet of people using this trick to uninstall various branded default launchers to restore a usable recent apps screen since Pie dropped for Pixel handsets last year. I have rebooted a couple times and my phone isn't bricked, everything seems to behave as normal. Should be fine

    EDIT:
    The "--user 0" part of that command is important, and required if you want to do this without rooting. It makes the command run as the main/default user that phone normally boots into, meaning the package has been disassociated rather than actually uninstalled, making it possible to re-enable via ADB as well. The app's data and settings are also preserved this way.
    04-01-2019 12:25 PM
  20. Mcguffin's Avatar
    Similar to Oakami, I felt the need to create an account just to answer the "resistance is futile" / "all changes are good" crowd.

    Saying that the horizontal-scrolling view is better is like saying that standard hard drives are better than solid state drives, that single-tasking DOS is better than Windows, or that tape storage is faster than disk. The "random access" part of RAM is important for a reason. If you have to make more relatively slow movements to get where you are going, then you are going to be slower. If you use your phone as a tool rather than a toy, you switch tasks a lot. Multi-tasking operating systems like macOS and Windows have converged around the taskbar metaphor for a reason: it provides random access of sight to all running apps. Since you could typically see 4-5 titles and partial screenshots of apps in the previous version of Android's task switcher at once, it was superior in this regard.

    Change for the sake of change is also not necessarily good. Habits are important in productivity: tasks becoming automatic is how we become more capable and efficient. It's not merely a matter of weakness that people dislike or resist change. It's a matter of practicality.

    At least Samsung's Good Lock app (available through Samsung Essentials) plus its Task Changer module provide some configurability. That's what I'm using until Nova Launcher hopefully makes an offering...

    Android / Google / Samsung should at least provide the option of choosing how the recent apps screen will be laid out -- no one should settle for less than to have choices and control over their own devices. Simplification is bad if it also removes choice (attn: Microsoft, Apple).

    </soapbox>
    04-09-2019 10:04 PM
  21. Rukbat's Avatar
    Wrong soapbox - go to the beta site and suggest that switch. It won't get into Q, but it may still make it into R.
    04-10-2019 03:59 PM
  22. LazyLightning's Avatar
    Thanks for the thread, found the GoodLock - > task changer (stack mode) The horizontal scroll with basically only being able to view one app was bothering the crap out of me. This isn't back to the verticle but at least I can see more of the windows. Thanks
    im.mark likes this.
    04-10-2019 11:22 PM
  23. im.mark's Avatar
    Had to create an account to counter the "you're just resistant to change crowd." The issue is legitimate, seeing one recent app on the screen at a time defeats the whole multi-tasking functionality we are expecting and are paying big dollars for. Thanks to those suggesting goodlock from galaxy store. It works great on my note 9.

    You folks that like to look at one app that a time when trying to return to an open app, go get a blackberry. That way you can get the functionality you want and as an added bonus you can participate in a society that resists change by accepting whatever you are given.
    04-11-2019 10:24 AM
  24. Joseph Nucifora's Avatar
    In short, the vertical 'stacked' scrolling view of Recent Apps has been changed to a side by side horizontal view. Does anyone know how to change it back? I can't seem to find any menu or option which allows you to alter the view. Many thanks!
    I totally agree with you. It is not a silly question at all and I do believe that the way you could choose, and that's the key word here, choose, to either view single apps or a list, was extremely convenient so everyone could be happy. Now, like gestapo, you have no choice. it's not resistance to change it is bowing down to "their way or no way" , and is also taking away the multi functioning of viewing more than one item at a time which is one of the supposed main features of the new galaxies. So don't listen to these creeps that have nothing better than to belittle other people, or intelligently answering your questions with courtesy an respect, you make a valid point and we need our choices back, we certainly paid a pretty penny for them.
    04-11-2019 06:25 PM
  25. CristianZamora's Avatar
    Most people grow to like it. Habits and resisting change... futility.
    If I wanted an iPhone experience I would buy one of those pieces of [language redacted by Mod]
    Classact 1 likes this.
    04-13-2019 01:34 PM
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