Google plans to add iOS-like gestures to Chrome for Android

Google plans to add iOS-like gestures to Chrome for Android
Google's Chrome browser comes pre-installed on the majority of Android smartphones that aren't sold in China. One would think that that's a good reason to keep the updates rolling, but are these updates more meaningful for consumers or devs?

Without trying to answer to that question, let's just say that one of the upcoming updates will include something that Chrome users will definitely enjoy. Google plans to add navigation gestures to Chrome for Android, which will allow users to overscroll to the left or right to go backward or forward through their browsing history, 9to5google reports.

The information about the new iOS-like gestures for Chrome comes from a developer post, which means that this is still a work in progress and not yet ready for prime time. It's true that there's a tiny chance that this feature won't make it to Chrome for Android, but we thought it would be interesting to report on that seeing that Google has already started working on it.

If everything goes well, these new gestures might be released in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned for more updates on the matter.



1. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Why are you guys choosing words like "iOS type gestures"? Especially when Android had a number of launchers that offered gestures many years before iOS started using gestures.

3. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Gestures that only work on the home screen. Good job, android.

4. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

FYI, you might want to watch the very first iPhone reveal if you think android had gestures first. Pinch to zoom is one that comes to mind. Swiping in the browser is another ‘iOS like” gesture.

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm sure I have seen "pinch-to-zoom" on laptop touch pad way before the first iPhone.

8. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

This conversation is Android or iOS first. Not who in the entire time of existence was first.

9. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1426; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

No, because if that was the case Apple would lose badly. Google has experimented a lot over the years with various gestures in Chrome for Android, so it's not like this is anything new here either. Nothing Apple has ever done with gestures was wholly original, just stolen from wherever they could find it.

6. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Because the article is talking about the gestures in Chrome which have existed on the iOS version up till now. Oh wait the always butt hurt fandroid crowd exists here who cry at the very mention of Apple. That's right, nothing to see here. Move along!

10. yalokiy

Posts: 1014; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

There were gestures on palm, blackberry, nokia and all kind of browsers and apps many years before. They should be just called "navigation gestures", without the undeserved respect to ios.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31105; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good move, cause iOS kills it with gestures. The gesture based OS, is definitely the future of mobile. One of my favorite iOS features.

7. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Yeah really wish Google would just adopt all of iOS's gestures. The current Pie implementation is horrible. The Fluid gestures app Phone Arena posted recently is awesome. Been using it for a few days! Google should hire that Dev!

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