The long press

The long press

Previewing my favorite apps with the long press

If you haven’t played around with Wildcard yet, you should definitely check it out. The news and entertainment app for iOS and Android provides additional context to curated top stories by collecting articles from multiple sources and splicing them with summaries of key milestones as the story develops. Beautifully designed and high-performing, one of the most pleasing aspects of the app are its subtle use of tactility and animation. The other day the app prompted me to press and hold a card for additional options — sure enough, that gesture introduces a modal view where users can quickly share and save the article for later without the investment of loading the card itself.

The long press

Since then, I’ve been trying out this gesture with other of my favorite apps. Unlike Wildcard, Spotify and Instagram don’t call these features out, but both have very useful preview functions. On Instagram, pressing an image from any grid listing view brings up a preview card with access to contextual options for the photo. This is perfect for browsing through the explore screen and finding new accounts to follow, or taking a quick jaunt down memory lane in your own profile.

The long press

The best use of this gesture that I found so far is in Spotify, where holding down on any album, playlist or song within a list will elegantly fade out whatever is playing and preview music from what’s selected. With the preview activated, you can move around from song to song to quickly get a feeling for whether the album that was recommended for you is really a fit.

The long press

Please share other delightful uses of this gesture in the comments.