OnePlus 6T users can choose between two different styles of navigation gestures

OnePlus 6T users can choose between two different styles of navigation gestures
If you own the OnePlus 6T, you might be happy to learn that there are two different types of navigation gestures that can be used with the phone. Android Central notes that the recent update to Android Pie brings the default gestures from Google that Pixel and Essential Phone users are familiar with. To use these gestures, open Settings from the home screen or app drawer and follow these directions: Settings > Buttons & gestures > Navigation bar & gestures (check out the slideshow at the bottom of this article).

From here, the Back, Home, Recents setting keeps the navigation bar that was used in Android Oreo. That means that there would be no gestures to use, and you would navigate the OnePlus 6T by tapping on the navigation bar at the bottom of the display. However, should you want to try the Android Pie gestures, click on the Back, Home option. In this setting, the Home button is a pill shaped icon located on the very bottom of the display. Tapping on it will take you to your Home Screen. Scrolling about a quarter of the way up the screen will open the carousel of open apps. Swiping to the right will allow you to close all of the apps that are open. With this setting, the Back button appears only when it is relevant.

Clicking on the Navigation gestures option from the Navigation bar & gestures menu will take you to the OnePlus version of gesture navigation. This eliminates the navigation bar completely, adding a bit more screen for the user. To get back Home, the user swipes up from the bottom of the display. The OnePlus setup is considered by several users to be an improvement over the navigation gestures used on Android Pie. OnePlus 6T owners might want to check out both versions to see which one is the easiest for them to use.

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1. maherk

Posts: 7013; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I hope Huawei can bring those gestures to the Mate 20 series. I am currently using the new gestures on my Mate 20 Pro, and while they're good, the swipe from the side to go back isn't that intuitive to say the least. If you're using an app that has side by side pages, like the camera app or Instagram for example, the phone gets confused about what action you're trying to take, and it will take you to the next page instead of going back and vise versa. And another issue with this gesture is when you're used to swiping from the side to get into the hamburger menu, like in the Play Store for example. I just hope we get gestures like OP and Samsung are offering, and give us the option to decide which one is better for us.

13. adecvat

Posts: 658; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Just swipe around the center of the image.

2. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

OnePlus & Samsung Gestures are the best

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I honestly can't imagine that anyone would prefer the Pie gestures. They're probably the worst I've tried.

4. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

The only gesture is for app switching, right? Home and back are pretty much still taps.

5. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Pretty much,. It still occupies the same screen real estate, only it's more convoluted for no apparent gain.

6. maherk

Posts: 7013; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Has to be the dumbest implementation of a feature that was borrowed from another OS. And to make matters worse, Pixel phones have only this method to interact with their phones, they can't use the 3 buttons layout anymore. And what's ironic about this, is that Google always bragged that Android is all about freedom whenever they criticized iOS.

12. Alex_12

Posts: 61; Member since: May 30, 2018

I like the new gesture. It actually makes sense. I just wish they added one hand option like on iphone.

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Uhm they had this on the OnePlus 6 as well. Software buttons, Google gestures or their own gestures. Or is this just new for the OnePlus 6T?

8. IgorT76

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 14, 2018

Maybe for OP6 they are available only in Beta?

10. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

It's on stable with 3 options. OOS 9.0.2

9. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I'm still using the virtual buttons. I think that's still the best layout - just tapping a button.

11. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Android Pie gestures waste a lot of screen real estate. The OnePlus gestures just make more sense and look much better.

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