An iPhone X-style notch and gestures on Android? Some shrug, but more gasp (poll results)

An iPhone X-style notch and gestures on Android? Some shrug, but more gasp (poll results)

Android P folds the iPhone X notch and gestures, do you like where Google is heading?

As long as the features make sense, who cares
47.28%
I don't like it, Google and Android makers should keep it original
52.72%
With the P20 family of Huawei, we have the first major Android handsets that have reworked the interface to fit a notch in, and even add an iPhone X-esque home indicator in the nav bar settings. Huawei is not even the major offender here, as plenty of Android makers before it announced phones with notches, and Google itself lended support for it in the next version. 

This is why we asked you last week whether you approve of this follow-the-trend mentality that Google seems to be introducing with Android P. Well, it turned out that a full 47% of our respondents don't really care, as long as the notch and gestures help screen-to-body ratio and navigation. A bit more numerous is the tribe that thinks Android makers, and Google itself, should be more original when it comes to setting trends no, rather than following them.

Google recently cut out an image from its developers blog, as it was showing the overhauled navigation paradigm of the upcoming Android P update before it had become official. The shots depicted a new navigation strip that had only two virtual buttons - an elliptical home bar, and a back key - with recent app duties allegedly taken over by a swipe-up gesture.
 
These iPhone X-style gestures may actually find their way into Android 9.0 Popsicle, or whatever it's called, that should be announced next month at Google I/O, which will be held May 8-10 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre at San Francisco, California. That navigation and gestures aren't a true iPhone X ripoff, though, for the simple reason that iOS doesn't have a universal back key (duh).

Still, if the home key becomes a mere gesture indicator like it was depicted by Google, while swiping up and holding would bring recent apps, the copycat journey would be complete. Adding insult to injury, Android P is already introducing official screen cutout support, aka the notch, as you can see from Google's official developer blog imaging on the right. 

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23 Comments

1. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Dumb trend. They exist just for the sake of copying.

13. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Why sell your kidneys for a notch when you can simulate it?

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

No one was looking for a notch or bite mark out of their display. However with that said. Everything that I have seen in the new Android is at least giving users options to use the notch or use the screen up to where the notch starts. In other words apps and it's developers can use the extra pixels on either side of the notch, or not. So all apps will work without any modifications. Unlike Apples approach which uses the entire display, and doesn't give it's users any options. Apple has even gone so far to FORCE it's developers to support the iPhone X notch, or your app will be rejected.

2. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

didn't apple copy those from blackberry 10 os?

5. NateDiaz

Posts: 1089; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

And BlackBerry copied that from Palm OS

10. DolmioMan

Posts: 334; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

No, the iPhone X gestures are exactly the same as the ones on the Palm Pre, the only difference is Apple understands momentum which makes the gestures feel much more intuitive and smooth.

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They're not the same. On webOS for phones you had a gesture area, you didn't have to swipe the entire page. Everything was a short thumb swipe away and you didn't have to strain a ligament to get things done. Apple is close, but as long as you have to swipe from above and swipe from below it'll never be as fluid or intuitive as webOS. Palm got it right the first time as they did with so many features being imitated today.

19. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

BRING BACK WEBOS TO PHONES!!!!!!

21. Khepera

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

Bingo. Such an awesome OS

3. mikedemoda

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

this just goes on to prove Apple is still 2 steps ahead of the competition...

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

They all copy features from each other. Apple copies features as well. So it doesn't prove a thing.

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I believe Androids approach is better than Apples, because the Android users are getting an option in the settings to use the display up to where the notch starts or use the entire display including the notch. So apps don't need any modifications what so ever. Apple approach is to FORCE it's developers to support the iPhone X notch or your app will be rejected. As far as gestures go, there have been a number of launchers that supported gestures for years. So it will be interesting to see how Android supports gestures, and what options users will get when they can control their usage.

8. fyah_king unregistered

How? They copied and somehow they are two steps ahead? Wtf? Lol

12. DolmioMan

Posts: 334; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Yeah, Apple copied the gesture interface from Palm, like it is exactly the same. The difference is the gesture interface on the iPhone X is many steps ahead of any other is because it wasn't abandoned 8 years ago, the gestures may do exactly the same thing on iOS as they do on palm devices but it's smoother, more natural and responsive. That's why they're 2 steps ahead. Copied features aren't always at the same standard and when Apple copies something it's nearly always better than the competitors.

16. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Again, they're not exactly the same. They're more than 2 steps behind webOS. Don't be such a fanboy.

4. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Hope android P does not remove onscreen navigation button keep it as a option for people.This should be tell to the google in beta developer preview of it version before it gets too late.Notch should be a option too.

7. Awalker

Posts: 1981; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The gestures are already there. Tap the back button to go back. Tap the home button to go home. Tap the recent apps button to switch apps. The notch is just stupid.

9. sun0066

Posts: 275; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

The only thing that grow from one IOS software to another is the number , feature wise is almost the same year by year

11. Izoe

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

This kind of irresponsible writing full of misinformation is utterly shameful. It would appear the author did little or no research before coming up with this article. The First phone to come out with the notch was the essential phone. The notch wasn't fully functional then because the Android OS didn't support it, but google has added the support for it and it added support for different types of notches. The iphone x copied the notch from the essential phone. The blackberry 10 OS had gestures to return to the home screen and multitask years before the Iphone x even came into existence. But a lot of you do your write-ups without any research, keep spreading misinformation. Its fine to say that Apple popularized these features but the ideas where not original to Apple.Give credit where its due. Unless your article is meant only as click bait and not to actually pass valid information

15. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2246; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Apple did not copy the Essential Phone. Is the Essential Phone still being manufactured or better yet did the company dissolve?

23. Izoe

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

It doesn't matter even if they only sold 3 units, the fact remains they did it first and they inspired apples current notchy design. If you took a woman's virginity and she goes on to marry a Billionaire, still doesn't change the fact that you were first

20. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Some people always in denial about the notch. Do you seriously think someone would bother to copy a new company like Essential, a company outside of tech sites, nobody knows about? Nobody cares about Essential unless they were to start some revolutionary new multi billion dollar business.

22. cmdacos

Posts: 4260; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Gestures are no big deal because we have been using gestures for some time through Nova, etc. But unibrow?? No thanks. I know it's set up a bit better in android p but still pointless imo.

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