The double tap gesture on the back of the phone, the latest great invention of the industry in interactivity, is now available to everyone and FREE thanks to the android community
It is the last breakthrough in interaction and we all want to have itso we have once again to thank the developers of the Android community for bring us FREE and to any mobile phone the new gesture of double touch on the back presented to us by both Android 11 and iOS 14 on the iPhone.
We talk about the popular development Columbus from Google a new package of gestures that should be released with Android 11 and that are already functional from Developer Preview 2 if we use any of the Pixel mobiles made by Google, in which we can double tap the back to perform actions fully customizable and configurable.
In any case, Google still keeps this option hidden in Android 11 Beta versions, so developer Kieron Quinn got down to business port functionality not only to Pixels, but also to other devices with a free app still under construction that it has published in xda-developers under the name of ‘Tap Tap’.
The app brings the double tap gesture to any smartphone with Android 7.0 Nougat or higher versions, and that have ARMv8 architecture or any newer one. ‘Tap Tap’ can recognize when we touch the back of the smartphone, and allows you to configure actions in a simple and intuitive menu from simulating the start or back button, opening apps or other options.
As always the android community playing one step ahead of the manufacturers themselves, and anticipating this time the vaunted double-touch gesture on the back of both iOS 14 and Android 11, which we all want to have already on our mobiles
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Apple beat Google to the punch on releasing a “double tap on the rear” gesture, but soon a third-party app dev will also beat Google to the punch to releasing their own feature😉https: //t.co/kFiL8q4YG2
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The better part of ‘Tap Tap’ is that uses the same models machine learning that Google has trained to recognize the touch gestures on the back, although this also has a disadvantage, because it will obviously work better on mobiles of similar construction to those Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 4 and Pixel XL, leaving for larger smartphones especially a lower sensitivity.
In any case from xda-developers has been successfully tested on such disparate mobiles like an ASUS ROG Phone 3 or Huawei P40 Pro, no special changes are needed on the accelerometer or gyroscope sensors and also no need for special components.
How to configure ‘Tap Tap’ and make it work
If you want to try the app you must download it from the corresponding thread in xda-developers, where you will also have the necessary instructions to make it work without major problems.
Once installed it requires that let’s enable the accessibility service in the settings of our devices, and once done we will have to choose a device model among the three Pixels mentioned above. This does not mean that it works only on the Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, but that the TensorFlow Lite model trained by Google will be used in each case.
We can adjust the sensitivity although at the moment this option is not fully implemented, and already in Actions we will have to choose what we want to happen by double tapping the back of the terminal. We can list several actions, but ‘Tap Tap’ It will prioritize the execution of the most important one, moving on to the next one if it has not been possible. There are plans to add integration with Tasker and give much more power to development, so it looks great …
There is also a section in the app where we can configure conditions that will prevent the execution of the double-touch gesture, very well thought out to prevent involuntary actions at undesired moments such as when we have the screen off, for example. We can even configure a haptic action of vibration when the mobile detects the gesture double click.
Best thing is the app is open source and it is uploaded to GitHub so that anyone can access the code and improve it, for now still in version alpha but available for download and functional in most scenarios:
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