2 years after Apple, Android phones still cannot get gesture navigation right

We have everyone doing gestures their own way and no one quite doing them right, which shows that all these companies were reacting and often rushing to get a solution after Apple, but none so far have the refinement of the iPhone gestures...
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127 Comments

1. Tipus

Posts: 819; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

LMAO! Victor is on the roll :)))

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7028; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Victor you talk about Apple's gesture navigation system, and how in your eyes it's the best. However Android has always been about choice. Something that Apple has NEVER been. If you want a gesture system, then you can have it on Android, and there is more than one gesture navigation to choose from. However if you like navigation buttons. Then Android has you covered, and there is multiple versions of that as well. Apple had to introduce another navigation system for the iPhone X, especially since Apple's one touch button (and TouchID) was gone, and it's display grew to 5.8 inches. Androids multiple navigation buttons were superior to Apple's one touch button navigation. Hands down. Plus in many ways Androids navigation buttons are still faster, and superior to Apple's gesture navigation. But if you like gestures, Android gives you that, and if you like the navigation buttons Android gives you that too. Apple it's our way or the highway. Clearly Victor would enjoy being under Loki's (Avengers) subjugated rule. You don't just have one way with Android, Victor. You have multiple navigation systems. But no, you don't want to mention any of that, do you Victor?

75. Mikele

Posts: 122; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Don't mind him always wants attention.

125. Dbosss

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 18, 2019

Apple does one and works perfect, android does it in 100 ways still nothing matches apple's perfection!! I would say the contents that victor added is something useful to know how the feature actually works! i would appreciate it rather than bitching it. Oh yeah! i use galaxies since i born and i tried apples gesture systems and delighted using it!

22. Cat97

Posts: 1804; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Except OnePlus. They have perfect gesture navigation. The Android Pie gesture navigation sucks.

23. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The gestures on Huawei devices are perfect as well. No delay or lag whatsoever.

101. mootu

Posts: 1449; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

100% agreed.

49. oldskool50

Posts: 962; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Coming from a guy who thinks Samaung should drop the S-Pen from the Note. Instead of just saying, get a Galaxy S instead. Victor is a certified insane crazy loser.

122. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 587; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I thought that was a pretty ridiculous claim as well.

71. TheOracle1

Posts: 2151; Member since: May 04, 2015

I'm switching to Apple just because of this nonsensical clickbait article.

2. Plutonium239

Posts: 1178; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I don't care about gesture navigation. Having navigation buttons works just fine for me.

13. adecvat

Posts: 630; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

> 2019 > navigation buttons /facepalm

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7028; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why would that be a facepalm, when Android gives you multiple options. Apple gives you only ONE option. If you enjoy being a sheep or falling in line with what ever Apple dictates to you, then adecvat. Sheep will be sheep. I guess Apple is proud to have you as a follower.

34. DolmioMan

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

While I respect that Android gives you choice, Apple still has the better gestures and by far the most responsive interface. If you’re a die hard Android fan then you have the choice of sub par gestures or dated navigation buttons.

51. oldskool50

Posts: 962; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Navigation buttons arent dated. Doesnt your car still have manual navigation buttons in addition to the onscreen ones? Because my car does. In fact in have ma dual controls for the air system and audio system and both also have onscreen navi buttons and I have swipe gestures too. I use all of them. Buttons are faster then I am driving because I can feel what I am doing without looking. Something you cant do with onscreen navi. Calling buttons dated is stupid. Doesn't your tv remote still have buttons? Even tvs still have manual buttons on them even if they are hidden. You just sound stupid. Preferring ome over the other, doesn't make it better. It actually has to be better. Like Face ID over FOS. You may prefer it, but it's not better than FPS. Just like for writing and drawing your fingers are not better than a pen or pencil. Gale digital paint is not better than real paint.

91. DolmioMan

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

You talk a lot without saying much. Nav buttons take up space on the screen and if you hide them then you have to perform a gesture to reveal them... Your example with the TV is stupid, TV’s used to have buttons on them but then we found a better way and created the remote control, there are still buttons on those because it’s simpler, cheaper and better than touch controls whereas gestures are straight up better than nav buttons.

92. Plutonium239

Posts: 1178; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I do not care that the buttons take up room on screen. I would support having thicker bezels on the top bottom and side for more impact protection from drops. I dislike super thin bezels, it leads me to accidentally touching the screen when I hold it.

120. oldskool50

Posts: 962; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

How do they take up space? The old buttons were built into the phone. The latest ones are on the screen. When I don't need them they disappear. So what space are they using? Even when they are on the screen, they dont take up that much space. If you are gonna complain about buttons taking up 1/4"of thickness on a frikkin 6"+ display, then dude you are a joke.

37. apple-rulz

Posts: 1940; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

sgodsell you snap to attention on every Apple article, so you’d definitely fall into the sheep category. Apple owns a piece of your mind and soul, that much is obvious.

45. Matte_Black13

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 12, 2018

MOST of Android gives you the option, but not all. Unless something has changed, Pixel phones on Pie DO NOT have the option of buttons. At least when I had it, it didn't.

50. TBomb

Posts: 1276; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I have nav buttons on Pie in my P2 XL

113. Jtox1968

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 11, 2019

I'm a Pixel owner and yes, we do indeed have a choice!

100. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 521; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Same I keep my navigation buttons on, not a fan of swiping up and down when I can just tap it instead when its faster.

3. haruken

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

'all starting from the bottom of the phone and none utilizing the sides (probably because they would conflict with Samsung's Edge panel functionality)' Samsung's One Hand Operation says hi. More advanced than anything out there, even by GOD Apple.

4. pogba

Posts: 98; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

You have a right to an opinion victor, i respect that. But i also have a right to disregard your opinion if i feel like so. And i do.

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

iOS gestures is an example of innovation, because Apple has set a trend all over the industry.

10. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I guess Palm OS stole these gestures from iOS, a decade before Apple introduced them in the iPhone X.

25. palmguy

Posts: 974; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

It was June 6, 2009 I believe. That faithful day a new platform emerged, didn't catch on(a technical miracle before it's time) before small company Palm(about 900 employees) had little money to continue. Then HP purchased it, sucked it's patents dry, then discarded the husk to LG.

36. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Hardly anyone - outside US - has heard about Palm (I've seen GPS's but I have never seen a Palm phone in the stores - and I have traveled all around Europe and Asia), so give me a break with that obsolete company. Palm has never been able to innovate; it designed good products with unique features, but nothing it did influenced the market.

40. TBomb

Posts: 1276; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Palm is far from an obsolete company. The Palm Pilot is a corner stone in smartphone history.
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