Android's new navigation has iPhone X-style home indicator, and runs on swipes
by Daniel Petrov / May 08, 2018, 1:33 PM
Turns out yes, as Google just got on stage to announce a new gesture-based navigation system for the next version of Android. In a follow-the-trend mentality, upcoming Android phones, and not only of the Google Pixel variety, will have a new home bar indicator at the bottom - you know, like on the iPhone X, but a bit shorter.
Recent app button duties are taken over by a swipe-up gesture, again very familiar one, but, thankfully, swiping on the elliptical indicator serves as a scroller (Google calls it quick scrub" gesture), but there is still a back key on the new nav bar. That one differs, for the simple reason that iOS doesn't have a universal back key (duh).
There are a few new and very welcome interface additions, though - the volume slider is now vertical, and will adjust the media, instead of the ringer volume by default, sweet. Rotating the screen can be manual now, too, with an indicator at the navigation bar to tap on. Android makers are already giving this new Google gesture system as one more option to navigate their phones, instead of the default option, so the transition could actually be painless.
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Looks ugly.Do something like sailfish or ubuntu touch OS.
posted on May 08, 2018, 1:41 PM 5
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It's really ugly, i hope there will be an option to hide the navigation icons. The good thing is that the background of the navigation bar is transparent which means it would be easy for developers to hide the icons if Google didn't do it natively. Otherwise I will have to disable the navigation bar all together and use a gesture navigation app for that purpose.
posted on May 08, 2018, 2:28 PM 1
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That's not my point, i am pro gestures but not with this implementation. What's the point of gestures if you keep using navigation (icons,bar,slider) and waste space for navigation which results in obscuring your app vision. Instead the screen should be clean from any hints of how to navigate, they should teach how to navigate in the settings page that's what i meant.
posted on May 08, 2018, 10:07 PM 0
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I'm the only one who thinks that navigation buttons with front fp sensor is much better than on screen buttons or gesture controls? And a little bezel on top and bottom is better than the all screen notch designs?
posted on May 08, 2018, 1:50 PM 8
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Has Samsung not been doing gestures on their phones years? Clearly Apple copied Samsung. Also, Japanese animators knew this was coming because I've seen gesture interfaces in anime for phones for the past 10 years.
posted on May 08, 2018, 1:51 PM 1
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Sigh... this might be the saddest reply I’ve seen today. Do you honestly believe that Apple, the most successful mobile phone maker in history, copied a feature... from Japanese cartoons? Are you for real my guy?
posted on May 08, 2018, 2:10 PM 8
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Apple IS the trendsetter, but not the first to invent those things. Notch = essential phone, vertical camera = LG optimus 3D, face unlock = phone with android 4.0(Galaxy Nexus). Other company just followed apple because they think people would buy their product if they make a product similar to iPhone, so whatever design Apple make they will follow, even the ugly antenna line.
posted on May 08, 2018, 8:46 PM 0
They didn't copy gestures from anime, but it does show what Apple did ain't nothing new or special. But somehow a lot of people think they invented natural gestures and the rest just copied them. Its nothing more than a solution to bigger and bigger screens without physical buttons
posted on May 08, 2018, 2:20 PM 2
This gesture-based navigation is a natural evolution based on the fact that hardware buttons are disappearing. Even Samsung ditched their hardware buttons. So it's only natural to allow more interaction with otherwise static buttons. Webos was ahead of its time back then, but for now, it's a natural progression of GUI interaction.
posted on May 08, 2018, 1:54 PM 2
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There's nothing "evolutionary" going on here nor is anyone copying Apple. Gesture-based UI was introduced 9 years ago and it's name is webOS. BlackBerry did a shameless ripoff 3 years later but since nobody cares about BlackBerry, no one noticed. There's nothing new here and nothing that even slightly improves on Palm's masterpiece. I just wish Palm's hardware wouldv'e been half as good as the iPhone 3GS back then. Android who? would have been the catch phrase.
posted on May 08, 2018, 2:39 PM 3
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