Gestures on the Note 9: quick clip shows us the Samsung Experience with Android 9 Pie

Gestures on the Note 9: quick clip shows us the Samsung Experience with Android 9 Pie
A week ago, we got our first glimpse at how the Samsung Experience with Android 9 Pie looks. The biggest new feature in the new Android is, at least in terms of interface controls, are the new gestures. We wondered whether Samsung would adopt those when it updates its phones to Pie, and it seems the company has done so, and has even expanded on them a bit — you can set up your navbar so that it's always hidden, but swiping up from the left, center, or right side of the bottom strip will activate the recents, home, or back functions. Effectively, you'd be able to use the screen's full real estate without ever needing to show the navbar. Nice!

Now, we get our very first (and very short) live-action clip that shows us how the swipe-to-switch-apps gesture works. No surprises there — it acts a lot like the stock Android Pie UI. You swipe the home button to the left and the phone starts cycling through your most recent apps. Alternatively, if you swipe upwards on the home button, you get the full app carousel and can swipe through all your recent apps.

When the virtual navbar shows up towards the end of the clip, we see that it still has three buttons — back, home, and recents. That's unlike Google's UI, which will remove the recents button if you choose to use gestures.

Anyone who feels a bit adventurous and has a Galaxy Note 9 with a Snapdragon 845, instead the Exynos version, the beta for this 

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Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)



1. ijuanp03

Posts: 658; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Very nice. It's good that Palm with its WebOS introduced gestures to everyone.

2. dnomadic

Posts: 441; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Android and Apple are SOOOOO Late to the Party... That truly was THE BEST operating system. Let down by less than stellar hardware. Google or Microsoft Should have purchased Palm and WebOS and made it their default UI.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31599; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Does it matter that they were late, when it’s Palm that’s all but dead? You guys nag about everything.

3. barcas

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I know they're introducing the gestures which is cool but you have always been able to hide the navbar so you can use the full screen.

5. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

I use the OnePlus Gestures app to do the same gestures & I can confirm these are the better gestures.

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