Google's iPhone-like gestures will become mandatory in Android Q
by Joshua Swingle / May 10, 2019, 6:35 AM
The iPhone X's gesture navigation system
Android’s classic 3-button navigation system has served users well since it was introduced with version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich way back in October of 2011. But with screen sizes ballooning, bezels shrinking, and screen real estate becoming increasingly more valuable, it’s starting to look and feel quite dated.
iPhone X-like Fully Gestural Navigation system which will now become mandatory on all Android Q smartphones.
To satisfy more traditional users, support for the 3-button navigation bar will also be mandatory in Android Q. As for the company’s pill-based UI, that won’t be mandatory and will presumably be scrapped entirely at some point in the near future. Google hasn’t confirmed whether OEM-specific gesture navigation systems like the ones developed by Samsung or Huawei will be allowed in Android Q, but it was pretty open about its vision of unifying the Android ecosystem, something that, in turn, will probably discourage their use.
According to Google, defaulting to just two navigation systems will help make app developing easier. After all, developers currently have to take into account the different navigation options offered by smartphone brands and how they may affect interactions with their respective apps.
UPDATE: Google has told Android Authority that custom OEM gesture navigation systems will still be allowed in Android Q, although it sees them more as a "power user option."
Posts: 213; Member since: Feb 17, 2013
"Google's gestures or 3 button navigation system will become mandatory I'm Android Q." There, fixed your headline and article. No need to mention apple, as we all know the pill is similar. All the other words in the article are useless fluff and padding
posted on May 09, 2019, 5:41 PM 25
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That’s like telling a politician to be honest and get half the votes. That’s not how business work.
posted on May 09, 2019, 6:50 PM 2
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The the article writer is a personified Apple. Everything about new tech on phones is Apple and if I'm not mistaking many OEMs has been using the gesture for years. Google wants the 3 buttons navigation a compulsory to all Android phones to ease her software plans.
posted on May 10, 2019, 7:15 AM 6
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The way you answer even though they tried to correct your article for you, shows only that this site is hiring young and immature writers. A normal mature editor would correct his mistakes when they get pointed out.
posted on May 10, 2019, 1:03 PM 4
Posts: 354; Member since: Oct 06, 2011
Ive tried it, I hate it! I even liked the pill more
posted on May 09, 2019, 6:17 PM 3
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Yeah this new style is pretty garbage. I'm not a fan of this BS back gesture by pulling in from either side. I'm getting too many errors on different apps I use frequently. The old Pie style was much better. Plus I really liked the little screen rotation button that would come up to the right of the Pill if you held your phone in landscape. The Q gesture method doesn't do that anymore.
posted on May 09, 2019, 7:04 PM 2
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Apple leading the way as usual. Imagine my shock
posted on May 09, 2019, 7:54 PM 7
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NOTHING beats the navigation UI of 2012 NOKIA N9..
posted on May 10, 2019, 2:38 AM 3
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Gesture driven UI's suck. Nothing beats a button that i don't have to remember what it does, or how it works or how ot make it work. Onscreen gestures get in way of the important stuff. With 3 navi buttons, nothing else is needed.
posted on May 10, 2019, 11:06 AM 1
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