The Contacts application in iOS is pretty easy to follow if you donít mind a few extra taps to get from point A to point B. On the other hand, you could save some time if the Contacts application had Android-style gestures that allowed you to quickly access features for each contact. Thatís exactly what a new jailbreak tweak called QuickGestures
by iOS developer iLendSoft does for you.
As shown above, QuickGestures gives you Android-style gestures that make it easier to access features for each contact in your Contacts application. A simple swipe to the right over the contactís name will let you call the contact, a simple swipe to the left over the contactís name will let you text message or iMessage a contact, while a simple tap and hold on a contactís name will let you e-mail the contact.
When you use any of the features, you will get the choice of phone numbers/e-mails to send an e-mail, text message, or call. Additionally, the swipe gestures add cool color-coded appearances to the contact name cells. The call gesture gives the contact name cell a blue color, while the text message/iMessage gesture gives the contact name cell a yellow color. A messages or phone icon will also appear next to the name as you initiate the gesture, which is a nice touch for accessibility.
From the Settings application, you will find a preferences pane for QuickGestures where you can adjust the settings to your liking:
You will be able to customize each of the gestures to do whatever you want them to do. The gestures mentioned earlier with their functions is the default configuration Ė just be informed that you can change these if you would prefer. If you don't find call, text message/iMessage, or e-mail useful, you can even set a gesture to FaceTime. You can also enable or disable each of the gestures on demand, or even enable or disable the entire tweak on demand. The preferences pane gives you a way to adjust how far you need to swipe to invoke an action, and you can hide the search bar and hide section headers too if you wish to.
QuickGestures is a neat tweak and if you're into shortcuts, it's worth adding to your iOS device's tweak arsenal. Everything seems to work great, and it adds great aesthetics and function to the Contacts application in iOS. If you would like to give it a try, it's available in Cydia's BigBoss repository for just 99Ę Ė it is only for iOS devices running iOS 6.0 or later!