Android 10 Q may bring swipe from side gesture to augment the back key


The days when you had to root, jailbreak or install third-party apps in order to avoid stretching all the way up or down while holding the phone with one hand are now gone, and every manufacturer is coping with "all-screen" phones gesture navigation in a different way. 

Apple's non-customizable but fluid and simple gestures on its notch-y iPhones take the iOS cake, while Huawei's rich set employs an innovative side-sliding one that replaces the back key as the one that forces you to stretch down most often. 

Samsung is a bit handicapped when it comes to navigation gestures, as the sides of its curved OLED displays are doing their People Edge or other duties, so busting a move from there is a toughie. It already has a pull-down and swipe-up gestures on an empty screen area to bring the notification shade from the clouds or open the app drawer, therefore the only side left for a new navigation party, is the very bottom.

That's exactly what One UI does - its gesture navigation option replaces the bottom strip with three even-spaced "pills" for home, back and recent apps, or you can hide those altogether, and only swipe by muscle memory. Samsung's Good Lock app that lets you sideload features and options to the interface now allows you to enrich the Galaxy S10 or Note 9 gesture systems. Dubbed One Hand Operation +, the plugin can assign side-swiping gestures to do a variety of things, including to serve as your back key, too.

Google's rigid gesture system gestures was trailing the manufacturer overlays in terms of features, despite the familiar back key iconography but Android 10 Q may be about to change that. A new (for stock Android, at least) side swipe to go back gesture has been unearthed in the second Android Q beta edition, and performs as demonstrated in the video above. Whether or not the side-to-back gesture will make it in the final Android 10 release, remains to be seen, though.

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16 Comments

1. chris2k5

Posts: 283; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

So basically copy iOS

2. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Exactly! But wait, iOS was way behind in features and specs.

10. Vancetastic

Posts: 1574; Member since: May 17, 2017

Palm Pre had gestures in 2009, so yeah, exactly.

14. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Ah yes, that is why iphone didn’t revolutionize our phones way back 2007. And what I’m pointing is all features had been an innovation from android but please don’t get butthurt when Apple gets it one by one.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you actually knew anything about Android, then you would have known that Android had gestures for years before iOS adopted them. You could get Home screens that would implement them, and some would even allow you to add your own gestures, or modify existing ones.

3. blingblingthing

Posts: 976; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Sorry, didn't blackberry do this first in Blackberry OS 10? You can't say Android copied Apple if Apple copied it from blackberry. You're free to say Android and Apple copied blackberry.

4. cyph3r

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 11, 2019

Precisely

8. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Book pages had back swipe gesture before Blackberry, so Blackberry copied books. Apple copied books, not Blackberry.

15. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1270; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

If I remember correctly, NOKIA's MeeGo or something has those gestures way before BB10. Of course BB10 is the first to copy them.

5. monoke

Posts: 1172; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

This is smart. Glad the pill is done with. There's no shame in copying something intuitive. Now change the recent apps panel to miui layout and we're in business.

6. Chris_ABN

Posts: 194; Member since: May 16, 2018

Oh God I hate gestures. I hope they keep them off by default.

12. blingblingthing

Posts: 976; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Android has your desire for a choice covered.

7. ahmadkun

Posts: 614; Member since: May 02, 2016

I think it’s way better and easier this way

11. IgorEfremenko

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

I prefer the Samsung's gestures. They are really comfortable and consistent.

16. Carlitos

Posts: 673; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

The wonders of having a Samsung skin. Many me featured make it there before Google implements them

13. chenski

Posts: 774; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Wtf My mate 10 already has this

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