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Old 05-29-2013, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Rhode Island/Mass
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I don't have a smart phone yet, but I'm curious about swiping, specifically going left to right, right to left, etc. I am curious because mobile-friendly web pages are generally designed to scroll up and down. So is swiping mainly done to view images in facebook, instagram, and general web browsing/surfing would be more up and down scrolling? Do fixed non-mobile sites where apparently you have to pinch or zoom in and out, have a bearing on the swiping action? I would greatly appreciate if I could get a few general tips.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Facebook and Instagram has apps for smartphones that are tailored to look good on a phone.
General web surfing, if a non mobile page comes up, are easily navigable. You can double tap and the page auto zooms in on the text. iPhone and Android both do this. If need be you can scroll side to side easily enough. And of course you can rotate the phone to get more real estate.
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Old 05-30-2013, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Swiping side to side is often used to switch between different photos that you're viewing, and between different "pages" of your home screen. If you end up with too many icons and/or widgets on your home screen, additional items can be seen when you "turn the page" using a side-to-side swipe motion across the screen. Both iOS and Android have their home screens set up in this manner.

The side-to-side thing is actually pretty intuitive once you get used to the idea.

However, I suspect that you may be hearing about the swipe-style on-screen keyboard for text entry. There are a few different ones for Android, most notably, Swype. (Android allows the user--or the phone manufacturer--to replace Android's built in "stock" keyboard with one of dozens of aftermarket alternatives.)

Basically, with a swipe-input keyboard, you can "type" words without lifting your finger; you just "swipe" your finger across the letters in order to spell the word. For example, to enter "you," put your finger down on top of the Y, slide over to the O, and back over to the U, then lift, and the word is entered. To enter "the," put your finger down on the T, slide down and right to the H, and finally over to E.

It sounds weird, but it goes faster than you might expect once you give it a try.

If it really doesn't work for you, or if the word you're trying to enter isn't in the dictionary, you can just tap at the individual letters like normal. For me, the Swype keyboard really works. In the end, it's much faster than the old tap tap tap method.
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Old 06-01-2013, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Swype is built into Android now, but yeah definitely cool, doesn't sound like what he's talking about.

Swiping just moves you from one thing to another. Between pictures, between tabs in a web browers, between windows on your home screen.
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Old 06-04-2013, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Pretty sure he is specifically talking about navigating web pages. OP?
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