There’s undoubtedly some aspects of an iOS device which no other mobile platform comes close to match, but the same can be said for top-end Android handsets like the Galaxy S4. One of the beautiful things about being able to liberate Apple devices through jailbreaking is being able to implement new features that can mimic other operating systems, which is something that shines through in the QuickGestures tweak that is now available on Cydia. More details can be found right after the jump.
Before Android loving fans get too excited, bear in mind that QuickGestures isn’t intended to bring Android-esque features on the whole to the iOS platform. Instead, it has been built to bring the much loved Android style gestures that exist on a saved contact onto iOS devices, with the hope of giving users quicker access to specific features without having to go around the house. After the initial installation, the QuickGestures tweak is accessible through either the Contacts, Messages or Phone app on the jailbroken device and comes with a number of gesture types that invoke different actions.
Installing this particular package comes with a left swipe, right swipe and long-hold on a contact to bring up different options (or actions, as people like to usually call them these days). In a default installation; a left swipe on a contact will compose a SMS or iMessage, a right swipe will invoke a call to that particular contact and a long-hold style gesture will compose an email message using the currently set default email app. The package also comes with a set of options through the native Settings app that allows those defaults to be changed at the user’s discretion.
The only real caveat that comes with QuickGestures is that duplicate contacts with the same name will need to amended and prefixed with a number or something to identify them as separate entities. This might be a hassle to some, but it’s a good idea to never have duplicate contacts any way.
QuickGestures is available as $0.99 download from the BigBoss repository and requires a jailbroken device running iOS 6.0 or above.