The Rise of Tap-and-Hold

Here’s an interesting article at design about the clever use of the tap-and-hold gesture in two hot apps, Vine and Snapchat (or at least they were hot apps two weeks ago when this article was written).

On Vine it makes it super simple to record by touching the screen anywhere without having to locate a virtual button. I’d argue it’d be simpler still to use the phone’s physical volume button, though.

In Snapchat the gesture is clever for the inconvenience it causes — it intentionally makes it more difficult for users to take screenshots because they have to hold a finger on the screen while viewing content.

Link: The Secret Sauce Gesture Behind Vine and Snapchat


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