What do you think of Android P's new gesture controls?

Google has just demonstrated Android P and a new beta has hit Pixel phones worldwide, showing us some of the newest features we are going to get to enjoy with the new Android build later this year. One of said new features is a new home button and recent apps gesture. Well, it's actually a home bar now, not a button, and you access the app carousel by swiping up or sideways on it.

Yeah, that does sound a bit iPhone-ish. The good news is that there is a toggle in settings, which allows you to choose between the classic navbar that features a recents button and this new gesture nub. We assume a ton of people out there are hoping that Google would keep the classic option in the final version.

That said, how do you feel about the new gesture-based interface?

How do you feel about the new gesture-based interface in Android P?

Naw! I am sticking to classic mode like my life depends on it!
I'll give it a chance
Love it!



1. Onespot

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Now with that 18:9 ratio screen.. Gesture control is must needed

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Not really because the navigation buttons did it all as well. Besides with Android P you can use gestures one day and switch the settings to go back to the original navigation buttons the next day. This is Android and it always gives you options, unlike some other OS's that don't give you any options.

2. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

As it is optional (can be disabled in settings) , it's always great to have some new features...

10. Man_Utd

Posts: 188; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

That's one thing I like about Android... you have options and aren't pigeonholed into one style/format. Hey Apple, can you "borrow" aspect of Android?

3. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It seems half-assed to be honest. Hate that they didn't remove the back button. Just seems out of place.

4. Nutcase4u2

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

Back button is only present when there's an opportunity to go back. On the home screen it's not there, but it appears when necessary. It seems like a good blend between old and new, so as to not throw off all android users.

5. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

The back button is the best thing differentiating Android and iOS UI navigation. I rather have an easy and accessible back button everywhere (or in this case, when available) than the mandatory top left button for each iOS app or inconsistent left edge gesture

6. Poptart2828

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Gestures have been prominent for years on many Chinese phones that I have used.

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016


15. Poptart2828

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Yeah. I mostly stuck to oppo,vivo and xiaomi. vivo even has gesture dialing so gestures have been part of my phone interactment since 2012

7. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

My Mix2 has gestures and I haven't even bothered enabling them, just like I never used them on my previous phones.

8. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Seems more like webOS' gestures. I'll give it a shot.

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3153; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'd say more like BlackBerry 10. We had that wonderful gesture area that only took a tiny thumb swipe as opposed to a full-page swipe. What I really miss is the launcher wave. It didn't really do anything but it was eye candy.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31323; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple inspired, but with a Google twist. I like that you can just swipe apps away, but Apple’s approach means, you actually want to swipe them away, thus the long press. Google’s will undoubtedly have accidental app closures. P looks good, and yes...it’s got some Cupertino inspiration, but it’s all good. I said from the start, Apple’s gesture based UI is great, and would catch on. Also Google...a gesture based UI DOES NOT need a back button. That defeats the purpose.

12. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015


16. damonarena

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 30, 2018

hope samsung does it in a better way in their samsung experience with less iphone x stupid gestures.

17. IgorEfremenko

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

Scrolling through the recently used apps by swiping sideways on the home bar feels counter-intuitive to me. The lag between moving the bar and seeing the app moved in the carousel is visible even on the demo gif. It kinda reminds me of moving the cursor using the space button on the google keyboard. Why would I need it when I can move the apps themselves with my finger (just like on the current Android or iOS)?

18. Carlitos

Posts: 673; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Well it is a beta for a reason

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