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Google testing iPhone X-style gesture navigation in Android P?

17 April 2018

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I'm liking the direction that Google is going with this, but it feels like a halfway point between the current software button-based navigation and truly swipe-based system.

Keep in mind that this isn't simply a change in the default icons at the bottom of your screen.

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In the Android P screenshot, which has since been cropped to remove the navigation buttons, the classic circular home button is a pill-shaped bar. It is likely that the pill-like button will serve as an identifier to swipe the screen upwards and reveal the home page, similar to the iPhone X gesture.

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Unfortunately, 9to5 couldn't elaborate on how the new back button would work.

A source earlier told the publication that multitasking is accomplished with an upward swipe from the bottom in Android P, while the back button only appears when needed. The back key is situational and will disappear when it's not needed or can't do anything, and will pop back up in its normal place as necessary.

Renders of Android P's new navigation gestures.

As reported by 9to5Google, a new navigation bar that appears to be derived from the iPhone X's swipe-up gesture to reveal the multitasking UI has been spotted off Google's recent teaser for the Android P. To note, Apple is not the first tech firm to introduce gesture-based navigation, as other Android-based handsets have been using swipe gestures to navigate from one page to another instead of tapping on keys.

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.

Google testing iPhone X-style gesture navigation in Android P?