The case for a single, unified gesture navigation system for smartphones

Gesture navigation is the way of the future: it's convenient when done right, but with so many different approaches, it looks like a mess right now...
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43 Comments

1. blingblingthing

Posts: 884; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Apple was the first modern smartphone maker to adopt gestures with the iPhone X and all the rest took notice. Oh, so blackberry didn't happen before Apple? Nothing wrong if you prefer Apple, but let's please not forget that as usual, they copied also.

2. Victor.H

Posts: 1042; Member since: May 27, 2011

And Palm happened even earlier than that! Of course! But none of them had the influence that Apple had with its gesture navigation. Only when Apple started using gesture navigation, the Android manufacturers started implementing gestures in their own system. But that's not the point. The point is that both Apple's implementation feels broken, just in a different way than on Android, and I very much want to see a good navigation system across all phones rather than some meaningless fan wars over which one is the best.

3. blingblingthing

Posts: 884; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

"Only when Apple started using gesture navigation, the Android manufacturers started implementing gestures in their own system." How about you say, Only when Palm started using gesture navigation, the Apple manufacturer started implementing gestures in their own system. Again, the audience can only take you seriously if you stick to reporting facts. This pro-apple spin isn't needed.

21. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Victor don't delete my posts. Android has a back button. Just because you are not use to it, doesn't mean it's a disaster Victor. You curse Apple for inconsistent back gesture. Yet at least Android is consistent for its back button. Who cares if it doesn't have a back gesture. It's something you get use to, especially if you use it consistently. Clearly you are not using Android consistently, and it shows in this article you wrote Victor. The thing to take away from this, is if you are using both platforms, but prefer one platform over the other, then you will forget to change how you operate when switching between platforms. What you want is a consistent interface between iOS and Android. Maybe someone will make an iOS gesture interface for Android. Remember it's the platform that can allow things like that to happen. iOS is our way or take the Highway.

37. andrewc31394

Posts: 278; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

As someone who uses a Pixel 3 and an iPhone, Google's gesture implementation sucks. period. And I've been a bit of an Android fanboy most of my life

30. Leo_MC

Posts: 6615; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You’re right: Palm implemented a gesture based interface an boom! 8 years later Apple started using a gesture based system. The engineers must have been so dumb that it took them all this time to figure out how to do it...

5. Heisenberg

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

You love writing gibberish to backup already written gibberish. The point is, who started the modern era of gestures? It's simply blackberry, whether OEMs followed Apple or not isn't the point. Quit spreading false news, this isnt different from those spread on Facebook and WhatsApp. Cheers mate

31. Leo_MC

Posts: 6615; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

2y before bb even thought about introducing touchscreens Nokia had the N9; that phone was more influencing for the modern smartphones than all the bb phones put together.

15. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Stop drinking the Apple Kool-Aid Victor. You, Adrian D, Cosmin V & DEFINITELY Ray S make this site look real bad. You and the rest of 'wannabe iWriters' I mentioned above write these kind of iBS articles(including ALL iPhone reviews) all the time, letting your readers know that the iBias is real but still have the audacity to get mad at your readers for saying 'iPA'. You guys even go beyond that by deleting & moderating comments that doesn't favor your iMighty aka Apple. Are we all in North Korea or something?

19. Juarizs

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 22, 2019

Eat a snickers man..

8. bucknassty

Posts: 1305; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

didn't Palm pioneer this gesture system.... used it on a pre... and on my HP touchpad... hmmm

9. blingblingthing

Posts: 884; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

They didn't if you're pro-apple. What I hate is the fact that some Apple fan will soon be making similar false statements in a phone discussion with me and be sure he knows what he's saying.

16. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Leo_MC & midan's very good at that. They'd even lie, too.

28. wickedwilly

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

A lot!

4. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 545; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Google has the most ugly gesture of them all . Xioami has the best.

7. blingblingthing

Posts: 884; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I sort of love the Google one also.

6. midan

Posts: 2574; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"I really think you should be able to use a swipe from either side to go back" Swipe from right already have function, you go forward.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gestures are the future. I never used stock android gestures, but the Note 9 nails them. The Max and Note 9 are neck and neck, with gestures. I love the Note 9's different areas, for different gesture actions though at the bottom.

11. kiko007

Posts: 7489; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Gesture navigation has probably become the best way to offset the advent of massive phones. I don’t think I could handle an Xs Max (Still a stupid name) without them. On the Android side of things, Xiaomi seems to do gestures best with 1+ being a close second. Google’s are just... awful. Both visually and functionally compared to the competition, stock Android is behind in terms of fluidity. Kind of ironic too, considering Android has fat more ties to Palm OS than any other operating system.

27. wickedwilly

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Having used Samsungs one UI for a few weeks now, a well thought out OS is the best way to enjoy a larger screen. Android has always been way ahead of IOS in ease of use for larger phones, simply because you can bring icons and widgets to the bottom and have the three control buttons within easy reach at the bottom too.

12. Cat97

Posts: 1764; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Just use the OnePlus gestures. They are perfectly logical and easy to use.

13. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 156; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

You totally forgot Motorola, which has the best in my opinion. It's just a shame that their phones are not on the level of the other flagships.

14. Carlitos

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I swear to the living God above, that Samsung also has side gestures if you wanna use those. I'm literally using them rn, am I going nuts?

17. XiPingpong

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 26, 2019

I use the app "Fluid Navigation Gestures" by Francisco Barroso, and after using ADB on Linux Mint my Android phones all have good Gestures and no navigation buttons...!

18. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

Actually, gestures on my S9+ are excellent. I already forgot about navigation buttons.

36. RevolutionA

Posts: 390; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Apple made a difference for whatever you use. The article is right!

20. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3091; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Gesture navigation is the future but it needs a lot of polishing to perfect the navigation through the UI. It'll get there.

22. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1521; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Some of you blindly hate Apple, Palm and BlackBerry flopped and had little influence on the market. Like it or not when Apple does something, even when they aren't first, the industry takes notice.

23. dmdzordilla

Posts: 48; Member since: Jul 31, 2018

Did you mean the gestures implemented with the Meego Nokia N9 author?

24. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Where the hell is MIUI? I think it's the most fluid implementation in android

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