I love that I can now turn pages by tapping the margins, however there is one detail that kinda ruins this feature. If a lingq or new word bubble is currently open, tapping the margin closes this bubble without changing the page. This means that typically I need to tap twice to change the page. With the swipe, I can change page without manually closing the bubble.
On another topic, I think it is a mistake that the bubble appears by default below the selected word and is only above it if there is not enough space below. I think it should be the other way around (i.e. the bubble should be above the word unless there is not enough space). Having the bubble above the word is better because one can continue reading without having to dismiss the bubble manually.
Very sensible suggestions, but this isn’t Android only, these are just as valid for iOS/iPadOS. Regarding the pop-ups needing to be closed: I wouldn’t be opposed to an auto-close feature for the pop-ups, e.g. it closes automatically 1 second after tapping a yellow word.
A workaround exists for iPads: if you choose the sidebar option, then you can turn the page with one tap, even if a definition is selected. Problem is, it only works in landscape mode.
Generally, I believe a good UI minimizes the number of required screen interactions, it would be appreciated if LingQ could move further in that direction.
I agree. It sounds like a good idea to put the pop-up above the selected word by default. On Android, usually I just try and find a bit of blank space to close it, but it’s not always possible, so sometimes, you have to click on another word to move the pop-up.
Regarding the dictionary pop-up on Android, when I select multiple words in the first line in an attempt to create a phrase, the ‘select all/copy’ pop-up appears right on top of where I need to swipe up to expand the dictionary pop-up to see other community definitions. See screenshot below. Sometimes it takes over five attempts of swiping up in a tiny area next to this ‘select all/copy’ pop-up before it actually works. Can we get rid of this ‘select all/copy’ pop-up? I’ve never used it in all on time on LingQ. If not, can we please move it?
“Regarding the pop-ups needing to be closed: I wouldn’t be opposed to an auto-close feature for the pop-ups, e.g. it closes automatically 1 second after tapping a yellow word.”
I actually wrote a somewhat functioning reader for LingQ a few years ago as a programming exercise mostly. It was quite basic but it worked and I read a bit on it. I added this exact feature and it was great.
The basic setup was that when clicking on a blue word, the bubble would have to be manually closed like it is now. When clicking on an already yellow word the first time, it would close in like 1.5 seconds. I don’t remember the exact time but it was long enough that you could read easily the hint and even quickly change the status. If after auto-closing you immediately clicked on it again, it would then stay until it was manually closed.
I have this problem, but I often don’t even get the hint bubble. I didn’t report it because my Android device is a bit weird (it’s an eInk device). I think this is an thing related to the OS and not actually added by the LingQ devs, buuuut I guess they should be able to suppress this somehow.
We won’t be changing to allow a single tap to page.
It was initially implemented that way, but in order to close the popup you have to find blank space to tap in. The easiest/most reliable place to tap is the margins.
I believe that popup is an Android operating system feature, and I’m not sure how much control over the OS LingQ has (that is, if your flavor/version of the Android OS even allows things like that to be touched by 3rd party software). I’m not an Android dev though, so maybe it’s possible to suppress that popup while LingQ is open.
Ah. I did remember I do occassionally actually use the copy function though. When I encounter a new word and within the next few sentences/same lesson, I encounter a different variant of the same word (eg. a feminine adjective, then the feminine plural version), it’s easiest just to copy the definition over. This is only really a nuisance when you are highlighting a phrase in the first line.