This disclosure describes techniques that enable switching between applications with a single gesture. The techniques can be implemented in any device that supports gestures, e.g., a mobile phone, tablet, laptop, etc. A user can switch between applications by performing a swipe gesture from an icon, e.g., a task switcher icon, or other location. In a touchscreen implementation, as the user’s finger moves, each available application window is briefly in focus. To switch to a target application, the user releases her finger. In this manner, a single continuous operation (swipe and release gesture) enables the user to switch between applications quickly and efficiently.
Park, Daniel; Graves, Roger; and McCanny, Benjamin, "Efficient application switching with a single gesture", Technical Disclosure Commons, (April 05, 2017)