Google improves feature that will make Android handsets run like the Apple iPhone

Google improves feature that will make Android handsets run like the Apple iPhone
The gesture controls for Android that Google included with Android 9 Pie have been roundly criticized by some. Put a little too much umph in your swipe up to see the recent apps you've opened, and you can find yourself opening the app drawer instead. Some gesture purists have looked down on Google's inclusion of a back button (which only appears when there is a page to move back to) and others complain that the animation while using the gesture controls is not as smooth as it should be.

XDA was able to access the Developer Options menu on the Pixel Launcher using a Pixel 2 XL running the Android Q beta. Opening the menu revealed a number of gesture based options that when enabled, add new capabilities for those using gesture navigation on their Android Q powered Pixel handset. These changes include:

  • More seamless transition animation when swiping right on the "pill" when changing tasks.
  • You can return to the previous task by swiping left on the navigation bar.
  • Similar to gestures on ceertain iPhone models, swiping up on the "pill" will take you home (new animation is included with this gesture).
  • You can view your Recent Apps by swiping up on the "pill" and holding.
  • While in the launcher, swiping up on the navigation bar will show the app drawer only.
  • The notification panel will appear if you swipe down anywhere on the screen.
If all of these changes are implemented in Android Q, using gestures on the upcoming build of Google's open source operating system will be very similar to how gestures work on the iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. Of course, we should know more during Google I/O. The annual developer conference will take place between Tuesday, May 7th and Thursday, May 9th.

Google released the first Android Q beta last week

A pre-release version of Android Q that XDA was able to obtain last month revealed that the back button will finally be eliminated in the next Android build. Instead of using that button to go back, a user will be able to swipe left on the "pill" to get the same results. Swiping right on the "pill" with an open app on the screen will take the user back to the previously active app.

If they don't want to use the current gesture controls, Android 9 users can choose to use the older navigation buttons that are also found on older versions of Android. Currently, there is a back button on the left, the home button in the middle, and the Recent Apps button on the right.

Google released the first beta version of Android Q last week for the Pixel handsets. Last year, seven non-Google phones were able to install the Android P betas (Essential Phone, Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6, Oppo R15 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ2, Vivo X21 and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s) and we expect a larger number to be compatible with the Android Q beta releases this year.



1. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Android will never be like iphone,, they may copy but it'll remain the crappiest OS ever.... I can't believe they call these gestures as OS update... They just work on new ways of stealing data that's why they have nothing new

3. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Sorry to rain on your Apple parade but Apple stole gestures from webOS first and BlackBerry OS10 afterward. Even BlackBerry’s Playbook OS blatantly ripped off gestures from the HP TouchPad. If anything, Google has more dibs on gestures since Matias Duarte, who created webOS, is Google’s VP of Design.

4. bucknassty

Posts: 1365; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

loved my HP touchpad... its in the closet dead with a battery issue that i never got around to fixing

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2475; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

“Apple has hired Rich Dellinger, Palm’s engineer and visual designer.” Apple got some WebOS engineers as well, just FYI. But I agree that a lot of these OS designs are blatant copies from WebOS and BlackBerry 10. However, HP did make a lot of what WebOS had open sourced. So it’s technically not stealing.

5. JCASS889

Posts: 594; Member since: May 18, 2018

Everyone has different needs, I refuse to use the iphone due to a lack of headphone jack and file Browser. For you it may be the best, but for alot of people it's a great choice. And lol you think Apple doesn't track your data? Every tech based company on the planet does it. What makes Apple so damn special?

9. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Everyone knows apple is much more safer than android, even Google can't deny it.. Apart from being an open OS Google also intentionally collect personal info to gain market advantage and to also help certain political parties in different countries,, Google provided stolen personal data to political parties in many Asian and European countries which led to change of govt.. I would also like to correct you about the lack of file browser and headphone jack... Iphones now have file browser and it's much better than android file browser which is filled with system data folders and make it very difficult to browse files. Iphones also have a headphone jack, you can always use the supplied headphones to listen to music with lightening port, you can also buy Bluetooth headphones and if you just want to use 3.5 mm jack, you can get a very cheap adapter.

10. JCASS889

Posts: 594; Member since: May 18, 2018

A phone is only as safe as you make it. And these companies gather data on you that "you" give them. People put their lives on social media and other apps. And an iPhone better at file management? What planet are you on? So I can copy mp3s and avi videos and zips on an iPhone without iTunes? That's new to me, and I don't want stupid dongles. And the file Browser on Android splits system and local files, a average Android user cannot access system files without root access. So thats not true at all. And it shows how incapable you are to utilize a powerful operating system that can basically do whatever my laptop can do. IPhone can't even run two apps on 1 screen at the same time. I have complete control over everything on my phone, I don't put data online. This privacy issue is our own fault for putting the data on our phones in the first place. We all tapped agree to their terms of service so we can't argue over something we agreed upon

24. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Hate to break it to you, but Apple collects your info, too.

14. Ichimoku

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

It's price tag

23. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The only thing that's not new is salty Apple fanatics' talking points. I understand the bitterness - to keep perpetually be years behind on features must be frustrating, let alone to be galling further behind. For the foreseeable future, Android will remain the most powerful, flexible and functional mobile OS in the world.

2. Rocket

Posts: 697; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Of course not bcs is a lot better and your opinion doesn't matter to us.

6. P20prouser

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 10, 2018

So huawei swipe from edge to g9 back is a good option

7. dmdzordilla

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 31, 2018

Nokia N9 gestures is one of the best and pioneer for gesture controls. Followed by BB10 OS. WebOS looks a bit laggy to me

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

In order to run like an iPhone, Google would have to remove many features from android, not add.

12. Khyron

Posts: 399; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Or just render the Ui uisng Vulkan

25. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Gestures is just a solution to a problem that never existed. Now, people have to learn gestures. IMO, phone functions should be intuitive.

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