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

25. monoke

Posts: 1124; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

If Google is really serious about gestures, they should look to Nokia's N9 Meego ui. Just implement that but with a home screen layer. Swipe from left edge for menu for certain apps could be from the upper edge only to solve that issue. Simple.

26. dmdzordilla

Posts: 48; Member since: Jul 31, 2018

Meego closes by swiping down from top of screen, going back home by swiping up from bottom of screen, notifications swipe from left of screen, recent apps by swiping from right of screen. When you open an app, either you close it by swiping down from the top, or back hime from bottom, or back from previous screen in that certain app by swiping left.

29. wickedwilly

Posts: 530; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

The author's comment "All gestures happen from the bottom, side of the phone is not utilized for gestures" is totally misguided. The three buttons at the bottom (physical or virtual) are perfectly placed for ease of access and to 80-90 % of phone users these are second nature. Side swipes are for navigating homepages or on my S9+ the edge panel, which I would not want to do without. The best option for navigation and ease of use on larger phones is the Android model of customizable home screens (being able to place apps, shortcuts and widgets within easy reach) and customizable gestures as provided with Nova Launcher. I use this along with the excellent ONE UI and my S9+ and the combination is far better than Apples model for example.

32. ramdroid

Posts: 122; Member since: May 21, 2016

Samsung with onehand+ has the best customized gesture system period.

33. riteshrkm

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

"Lack of animations make the experience look a bit spartan" No idea what u r talking about? I love how Samsung has implemented it with One UI U will never miss the navigation bar plus it is infact better than having an animation.

35. worldpeace

Posts: 3091; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Doesn't really matter, people didn't change their phone on daily basis. Some even use smartphones from the same brand for more than a decade. The best gesture is the one than you already used to.

39. WingMan

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 28, 2008

Well said. People generally stick to the same brand unless they've had awful experience with it at some point.

38. davthom123

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

U should try Xiaomi's,its basically perfect.

40. WingMan

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 28, 2008

You may get unified gestures in Android, but not across platforms, like NEVER. There reference to Type-C is not relevant to smartphones, it is relevant to the Android platform mostly.

41. LEEDAQ

Posts: 152; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

although i'm using iphone 6s and I dont have gesture function, im very surprised that Andriod doesn't have one default gesture. No wonder why Apple is always a step ahead of Andriod

42. wickedwilly

Posts: 530; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Android had a far superior navigation system before Apple introduced gestures, three buttons at the bottom, virtual or physical. What was Apples way of going back, an arrow as far away from the hand as it could be? I had gestures available to me and ones I could customize before Apple came out with them. No, for many years Apple has been the follower not Android.

43. ijuanp03

Posts: 487; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Android is being used by different OEMs which means, different brands. Why would you enforce 2 different brands to have the same gesture? I just don't get your logic PhoneArena. You yourself know Android is open source and each manufacturer has its own way of doing things. Can you please not treat them the same? They don't even share resources and income. This article is so weird.

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