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

32. srgonu

Posts: 522; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Victor you can prove you are unbiased with your next title: 10 years after Android, Apple iphones still didn't get the customization at all.

7. rebretz

Posts: 113; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

I want to know how Phonearena lets an article like this get published. There is at least one huge factual inaccuracy. After that I gave up on this article. Apple was not the first to use gestures as the navigation in the UI. Palm all the way back in 2008 or 2009. I mean this isn't the first time Victor has written complete false hoods. Maybe he doesn't remember any phone having gestures first but a little research goes a long way.

11. maherk

Posts: 6750; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And it's not like Apple was inspired by Palm OS' gestures, they completely ripped off the whole thing and implemented them as they are in IOS.

26. palmguy

Posts: 974; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Oh yes, they did.

62. Vancetastic

Posts: 953; Member since: May 17, 2017

Exactly! It’s what I really enjoy about my iPhone. I’m seriously GLAD they ripped it off!

69. magnaroader

Posts: 34; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

Before Apple though Sony Xperia had 2 devices that played with Gesture navigation as options during their Ericsson phase. So Palm AND Android predate Apple with this "innovation"

8. swarai

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

Android needs to do better job of refining the OS while adding bells and whistles

9. maherk

Posts: 6750; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I swear to God that I knew it's Victor before I even read the name lol This guy is competing with Peaceboy for the biggest Apple shill on Phonearena. And I welcome the account ban beforehand, this site has become a joke amongst tech fans and tech media that I could care less about it anyway. Hopefully, one day they'll come back to their senses, and bring back the neutrality to this website by hiring respectable writers.

24. Tipus

Posts: 820; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Peaceboy is now a mascot of PA :))

28. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

So true I started reading before looking who wrote it. Well it didn't take long to know who wrote it, lol

12. rebretz

Posts: 113; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

Since Victor seems to struggle with research and reality of facts I went and did it for him. 1)Below is a youtube video from 2009 showing a demo of Palm's gestures.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo3SZ_20kZI 2) Article from the Verge explaining Palm's gesture UI compared to Apple'shttps://www.theverge.com/2017/9/15/16300402/iphone-x-webos-palm-pre-cards-gestures-nostalgia 3) An article from Phonearena, different author that did his research, talking about WebOS and Palm gestures.https://www.phonearena.com/news/The-Palm-Pre-is-still-one-of-the-most-foward-thinking-phones-9-years-after-it-launched_id105225 A little knowledge of product history goes a long way.

14. adecvat

Posts: 630; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

4) Android copied iPhone X gestures (not Palm).

63. Vancetastic

Posts: 953; Member since: May 17, 2017

“Let's make one thing clear: the iPhone was undisputably first to introduce a gesture navigation system.“ Direct copy and paste from the article...nothing to do with Android.

15. phonefanboy

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

Come on it's Victor the Clown... We know his articles are full of inaccuracies.

73. srgonu

Posts: 522; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

That's what we will call Victor from now on..

27. palmguy

Posts: 974; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Thank you.

29. rebretz

Posts: 113; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

When the Palm was released I wanted it so bad but it was on Sprint and at the time (and to this day) Sprint had almost no coverage in my area. So because my only real option at the time was Verizon I got the Motorola Droid.

16. jeffpom

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 11, 2016

Latency in Android? Never.

18. Orion78

Posts: 179; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Yawn. Never cared for gestures. So keep trolling with your useless articles.

19. JMartin22

Posts: 2355; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Another Victor hit piece. He’s the gift that keeps on giving

21. baldilocks

Posts: 1489; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Yeaaaaaaah, pretty sure Palm was first to introduce gestures......... Credibility of this site just keeps falling since it was taking over years ago. I'm almost certain that Cheetah Mobile bought it right after they bought QuickPic.

30. TBomb

Posts: 1283; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

This reads like an Apple event

33. kplayon

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 02, 2018

Samsung One Hand Operation app. This annihilates any gestures after 1 month of use and you can't go back. Anyone who uses it knows what I mean.

88. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Definetly, along with one ui base gestures it's so nice.

35. User123456789

Posts: 677; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Gestures are dumb. If you can simply click on the buttons why would you go swipe? The iOS does not allow you to close all apps at once. Annoying to do it one by one.

42. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Gestures navigation allows the OS to display more info on the screen. You can close the apps 4 by 4; you are right: it's very annoying, considering that you keep in the memory of the iPhone more than 100 apps (maybe more than 200, I was never curios to go over 150), but, considering that iOS is great at managing the apps, you hardly need to close more than 1 app.

76. baldilocks

Posts: 1489; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Gestures don’t waste screen space like ugly buttons do.

39. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

This is a message addressed to everybody that was talking about Palm: if you had loved those gestures and that company's products so much, you would have bought and used them. You didn't and the company - together with its products - is DEAD.

44. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Palm is dead because HP bought them out and their useless CEO, Leo Apotheker, decided it was more profitable to dismantle the company "for parts" than to properly develop it. There wasn't one tech publication that didn't pronounce webOS as the best of its time.

56. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

HP shut down Palm, because people couldn't care less about their phones and their gesture based UI.
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