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

105. yalokiy

Posts: 923; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Also, one could install gestures app and disable the navigation bar on android years before apple "innovated".

107. 956400

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 11, 2019

gesture navigation on OnePlus (OXYGENOS) is pretty much perfect. swipe up from center to go home, swipe up and hold for recents, swipe up from either corner for back (i prefer this one to swiping from corner to center) and most importantly, swipe from center diagonally for previous/next app (Alt+Tab). perfect. the only issues i have are to do with lost functionality - now it is much more work to launch split screen on my phone (used to be long press on recents), cannot long press home to launch assistant but have to use power button, and cannot double tap home to turn off screen. so gesture navigation invariably means losing extra shortcuts. but the gestures themselves are beyond reproach.

109. Polaris1983

Posts: 28; Member since: May 22, 2019

Google OS designs are again living off their namesake here. Do nothing they start to die off. Consumers are not stupid these days.

115. iczer

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

Who cares about gestures? Since Apple introduced the gesture system navigation they are selling less and less iPhones...!

116. andrewc31394

Posts: 284; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

ignoring the Android fanboys (which i am one of lol), i have to agree. at least according to Android Q beta 5, the gestures while improving, still aren't that great. I did love the gesture navigation on the OnePlus 6 though, but maybe it was because that phone runs circles around my Pixel 3 XL.

126. Brewski

Posts: 670; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Title should say, "Gesture navigation sucks on all devices and nobody wants it." However, on Apple you are forced to use it with no other choice. On Android you can use it if you want, or disable it and use the phone like a normal person uses their phone.

127. Matte_Black13

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 12, 2018

Not on a Pixel you can’t. Pie=gestures. Also. The way iPhones were in the first place was really just using a home button and tapping once or twice for different actions so it is a much smaller change than the “buttons” at the bottom that Android has. I personally like the gestures more on the iPhone then the traditional home button.
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