Results: Android P's gesture interface — potential hit with the fans?

Results: Android P's gesture interface — potential hit with the fans?
Google's Android P is going to have a new gesture-based interface, as demonstrated at Google I/O and also visible in the beta build, currently available to the public. Said interface gets rid of the Recents button and turns the Home one into a nub — scroll up for task-switching, scroll sideways to swap between apps. Yeah, those gestures and setup sound a little bit iPhone-ish.

So, we wondered if the new system would attract the anger of fans, and we asked. But it looks like many are willing to give the new controls a chance, and some even loved it at first look. Only about 18% voted that they will just switch back to the classic navbar and stay away from all that swiping ordeal.

Well, here's hoping that Google leaves the option in!

How do you feel about the new gesture-based interface in Android P?

Naw! I am sticking to classic mode like my life depends on it!
17.71%
I'll give it a chance
48.51%
Love it!
33.78%

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24 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Do you have to put a "?" when the answer is clear?

2. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

"I'll give it a chance" means not clear. It's just giving a chance to see whether it is worth it or not, which moderate people always do for something they don''t know much about.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 6640; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

At the end of the day Android P users can use the new Gesture based interface, or stick to the old reliable navigation buttons. So nobody has to worry about which method they prefer. It's in the Android settings. After all this isn't iOS that doesn't give it's users a choice.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm still getting used to it on my Pixel 2, but I think it's growing on me. I like the simplicity, and I especially love the prompt to rotate your display on the navigation bar. lol, thus far, that's my favorite feature.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30654; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Someone’s word I can take. Someone who’s not a fanboy.

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

LOL, well, I actually am a fanboy/Google enthusiast, but at least I'm upfront about it.

19. sgodsell

Posts: 6640; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I was only telling the truth darkkjedii.

24. rouyal

Posts: 1549; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

You’re absolutely right. Apple wouldn’t release a half baked feature like this. Thus the option. What’s the point if the home and back buttons are still there?

4. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

BlackBerry OS had this years ago......iPhone-ish? In fact it was even built into the physical keyboard of the Passport which was also a track-pad. Some of you probably think Apple invented the first capacitive touch screen phone and do not remember the LG Prada was first https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LG_Prada . Kids learn your phone history.

6. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

And before LG some little company had it first. Who cares who does it first, it’s who makes it useful for users. BB os was on its way out already and it was clunky. Kids, learn proper implementation and how it matters most.

9. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Android is an inconsistent resource hog mess. Just try changing from one brand of Android phone to another and you will see what I mean. At least BB OS was consistent, stable and required few resources.

10. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You are correct there actually. I was hoping bb os would survive but the lack of apps were killing it slowly.

11. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

It is still alive since BB recently put out an update for OS 10.x. But it is true if you use allot of apps it is probably not for you. If you can survive mainly using a web browser then it can still be usable.

12. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

It is still alive since BB recently put out an update for OS 10.x. But it is true if you use allot of apps it is probably not for you. If you can survive mainly using a web browser then it can still be usable.

5. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

It took a day or two to get used to with iOS but after that I love it

7. palmguy

Posts: 952; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

WebOS multitasking & gestures lives again through Android P(the P secretly stands for Palm :-P ).

14. Sparkxster

Posts: 1107; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Yup and hope there's more to come :-)

13. irossdrummer

Posts: 365; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

I hate gestures.. i make fun of the iPhone X for it i don't wanna be sick and forced work it.. i like having the separate buttons and such..

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30654; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Then don’t update to, or buy a phone with it.

18. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, then it might interest you to know that Android P gives the user the option between gestures and traditional Android navigation buttons. Take it from someone who is actually using the beta. The one question I have that I'm not 100% clear on is how to do split screen... I haven't really bothered to look it up yet though....

20. lolkidd4life

Posts: 1; Member since: May 11, 2018

To do split screen, you need to go to multitasking and press on the app logo above the page. I menu will pop up and say app info and split screen

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Cool, well that was easy. lol, Thanks.

23. nuumuun

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 12, 2015

It would be better if they removed the back button and made that a slide left gesture. I can't stand the asymmetric look :)

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