Google's Pixel 3 lineup will use Android 9 Pie's gesture-based navigation as default
In an interview by Android Central with EK Chung, who is Google’s UX manager for Android handheld and Pixel, it was revealed that the next-generation Pixel 3 series will make use of the new gesture-based navigation by default. What remains unclear at this point, though, is whether the on-screen navigation system will still be accessible via the Settings menu or if Google will choose to scrap it entirely. In any case, it was confirmed that older Pixel smartphones will continue to use the on-screen button system as default. Moreover, any other Android manufacturer that wishes to do so can also default to the new gesture-based system. Alternatively, brand’s can also follow in the footsteps of OnePlus and Motorola by developing their own navigation systems.
For those who may be interested in acquiring Google’s next flagship smartphones, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are currently expected to be announced on October 4 at the company’s annual hardware event. Design wise, while both smartphones will make use of the same two-tone construction, the larger device will utilize a notched display and the smaller one will stick to a more traditional 18:9 display.
source: Android Central