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2 minutes ago, Kal-El814 said:

 

But if I had a browser open, I hit back, and the last thing I’d done was edit something in Excel... Windows / macOS won’t switch me back to Excel from Safari or Chrome. The way Jason explained it, I had assumed that the Android back button sometimes WOULD bring you to another app. The Xbox One does this and it’s never made a lick of sense to me.

 

At least on my S8+ the back button does not kick you from one app to another one, no, it will just keep taking you back within that app. You can hit the home button, be taken back to the main desktop-esque screen of apps, and open the other app. You can press the the vertical lines button to bring up all open apps and just cycle through to go to a different app you just used. Most Androids have a three vertical lines button, a home button, and a back button at the bottom of the phone's screen. 

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3 minutes ago, Kal-El814 said:

But if I had a browser open, I hit back, and the last thing I’d done was edit something in Excel... Windows / macOS won’t switch me back to Excel from Safari or Chrome. The way Jason explained it, I had assumed that the Android back button sometimes WOULD bring you to another app. The Xbox One does this and it’s never made a lick of sense to me.

 

If you click on a Twitter link on your desktop you get brought to the page in your browser. If you click on a Twitter link on your phone and you have Twitter installed you'll get sent to the Twitter app. I think it's sensible in the latter case that the back button has the effect of sending you back to your browser.

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2 minutes ago, Jason said:

 

If you click on a Twitter link on your desktop you get brought to the page in your browser. If you click on a Twitter link on your phone and you have Twitter installed you'll get sent to the Twitter app. I think it's sensible in the latter case that the back button has the effect of sending you back to your browser.

 

I can confirm this is the case - though if you haven't selected a preference the phone will prompt you and ask whether you want the Twitter link (or Reddit link, etc.) to be opened in your phone's web browser or open it in its own app, and if you select its own app it will open the Twitter app instead. And if you do hit the back button once Twitter is open but the link originated from your web browser, you will automatically go back to your web browser in that instance, Jason is right there.

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29 minutes ago, Kal-El814 said:

 

But if I had a browser open, I hit back, and the last thing I’d done was edit something in Excel... Windows / macOS won’t switch me back to Excel from Safari or Chrome. The way Jason explained it, I had assumed that the Android back button sometimes WOULD bring you to another app. The Xbox One does this and it’s never made a lick of sense to me.

 

 

Dusty.

 

Now seriously, what did you mean with that keyboard example because I cannot wrap my head around it and I know I’m being dumb.

 

You're overthinking it. As I've said, it goes back inside the app you are currently using. It's not an OS-level command, it's app-specific. So if you're in Chrome and you click on three links, the back button takes you back a page. If you're in Spotify and you go four levels into a menu, the back button takes you up a level. It's just a back button...if you've ever used a browser, it functions just like that. The only time it ever changes apps is if the last thing you did was open the app you're in, then it closes it.

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1 hour ago, Jason said:

 

If you click on a Twitter link on your desktop you get brought to the page in your browser. If you click on a Twitter link on your phone and you have Twitter installed you'll get sent to the Twitter app. I think it's sensible in the latter case that the back button has the effect of sending you back to your browser.

 

This is correct. Whenever I click on a some embedded tweet, I have it set to open that as a link in the Twitter app because the Twitter app is just better than mobile. I don't have an actual back button, but the back swip gesture takes me back to the browser window. Same goes with YouTube links since embedded YouTube clips are better in the native app on mobile since it lets you do things like comment, like, or subscribe.

 

For anyone wondering, you get the same functionality in Windows by pressing Alt+Esc. You can keep hitting Esc to go further back in the task list. On Mac that's Command+Tab. Before anyone gets confused there, Alt+Tab on Windows let's you cycle through all apps. On Mac that's Command+Shift+Tab OR hold Command+Tab for like a second. I don't think you can just rewind through the task list on Mac since holding Command for longer than a second will bring up the task list.

 

I'm surprised anyone is wondering about this since it's been a part of desktop OSes since like Windows 3.1.

 

I should note, on Android this doesn't work in a browser. Back will go back in the browser until you get to your first browsed page and then you back out of the browser. It's mostly handy because that's also true for games. Many games on Android will let you store back to a menu, for instance.

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30 minutes ago, Kal-El814 said:

 

But if I had a browser open, I hit back, and the last thing I’d done was edit something in Excel... Windows / macOS won’t switch me back to Excel from Safari or Chrome. The way Jason explained it, I had assumed that the Android back button sometimes WOULD bring you to another app. The Xbox One does this and it’s never made a lick of sense to me.

 

 

Dusty.

 

Now seriously, what did you mean with that keyboard example because I cannot wrap my head around it and I know I’m being dumb.

 

If you click on a link in an app and that opens up another app, hitting the back button will return you to the first app.

 

And I would love to see Windows adopt a universal undo button.  At least in file explorer, sometimes shit happens and you either accidently delete a file, or move a file to an unintended location.  It would be nice to just hit an undo button to restore the file.

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3 minutes ago, CitizenVectron said:

 

You're overthinking it. As I've said, it goes back inside the app you are currently using. It's not an OS-level command, it's app-specific. So if you're in Chrome and you click on three links, the back button takes you back a page. If you're in Spotify and you go four levels into a menu, the back button takes you up a level. It's just a back button...if you've ever used a browser, it functions just like that. The only time it ever changes apps is if the last thing you did was open the app you're in, then it closes it.

 

1 minute ago, Ghost_MH said:

 

This is correct. Whenever I click on a some embedded tweet, I have it set to open that as a link in the Twitter app because the Twitter app is just better than mobile. I don't have an actual back button, but the back swip gesture takes me back to the browser window. Same goes with YouTube links since embedded YouTube clips are better in the native app on mobile since it lets you do things like comment, like, or subscribe.

 

For anyone wondering, you get the same functionality in Windows by pressing Alt+Esc. You can keep hitting Esc to go further back in the task list. On Mac that's Command+Tab. Before anyone gets confused there, Alt+Tab on Windows let's you cycle through all apps. On Mac that's Command+Shift+Tab OR hold Command+Tab for like a second. I don't think you can just rewind through the task list on Mac since holding Command for longer than a second will bring up the task list.

 

I'm surprised anyone is wondering about this since it's been a part of desktop OSes since like Wineries 3.1.

 

It also does stuff like, let's say you're in your browser, and you click on a link and open it in a new tab, and it automatically sends you to the new tab. Hitting the back button will automatically close the tab and take you back to the tab you got there from. It's maybe not 100% identical to how back buttons work on a desktop but I again think it's very sensible behavior for the context.

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Just now, Jason said:

 

 

It also does stuff like, let's say you're in your browser, and you click on a link and open it in a new tab, and it automatically sends you to the new tab. Hitting the back button will automatically close the tab and take you back to the tab you got there from. It's maybe not 100% identical to how back buttons work on a desktop but I again think it's very sensible behavior for the context.

 

It's very sensible when you consider that a mobile OS like Android isn't really a windowed experience and everything is running fullscreen. Windows 10 works the same way in tablet mode.

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7 minutes ago, thewhyteboar said:

Didn't Facebook lie about the number of media views which is why all media outlets pivoted to video?

Yup

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The inflated video views led both advertisers and media companies to put too much emphasis on Facebook video.

 

 

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Just now, b_m_b_m_b_m said:

Yup

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The inflated video views led both advertisers and media companies to put too much emphasis on Facebook video.

 

 

Media outlets that shuttered after switching to video should file a class-action against Facebook.

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I keep unfriending people who are at the top of my feed that post nothing but Q / conspiracy bullshit, and people whose content I have not seen in my timeline for literal years keep popping up at the top when I log in. This is absolute lunacy. 

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8 minutes ago, Kal-El814 said:

I keep unfriending people who are at the top of my feed that post nothing but Q / conspiracy bullshit, and people whose content I have not seen in my timeline for literal years keep popping up at the top when I log in. This is absolute lunacy. 

 

At this point I can 100% believe it's Facebook abusively pushing rightwing nonsense into your feed but it will start grabbing shit you told it not to grab if you unfollow enough people, so I wonder if it's doing the same because of how heavily you've pruned your friends list. 

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21 hours ago, Jason said:

 

If you click on a Twitter link on your desktop you get brought to the page in your browser. If you click on a Twitter link on your phone and you have Twitter installed you'll get sent to the Twitter app. I think it's sensible in the latter case that the back button has the effect of sending you back to your browser.

 

iOS does this, though. When an app opens another app, the top left corner gives the option to return to your previous app. For example, if I tap a twitter link in safari and the twitter app is opened, the top left corner of my iPhone offers me to "return to safari".

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2 hours ago, Jason said:

 

At this point I can 100% believe it's Facebook abusively pushing rightwing nonsense into your feed but it will start grabbing shit you told it not to grab if you unfollow enough people, so I wonder if it's doing the same because of how heavily you've pruned your friends list. 

 

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5 hours ago, thewhyteboar said:

Didn't Facebook lie about the number of media views which is why all media outlets pivoted to video?

 

Facebook STILL gives meaningless video stats. They count 1 second as a view on their videos AND automatically play them in people's timeline. If you're a brand with 100,000 followers on Facebook and create a new video, it's all but guaranteed to hit 100,000+ views in a manner of minutes after posting it. However, none of those views matter since those are all 1 second views. Facebook then likes to break down views in 1-second, 3-second, and 10-second chunks before going into more meaningful stats.

 

Source, me. Until like a year ago, I ran the live stream feed for our local church and spent WAY too much time explaining why YouTube's 100 views were WAY more valuable than Facebooks 1000. The YouTube views were averaging 30+ minutes each and the Facebook ones were averaging fewer than 10 seconds, with like 90% of those coming in under 3 seconds.

 

Top this all off with Facebook's outright refusal to do anything about video content stolen from YouTube and TikTok.

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