Gestures had made the interaction with your smartphones more intuitive and convenient over the past couple of years. To recall, Apple had brought these noticeable gestures with its tenth-anniversary iPhone X, which has been the first iPhone doing so and also had got rid of the Home Button, which eventually led to the introduction of these Gestures. Google had also brought its similar kind of implementation with the Android Pie and were first introduced with the Pixel 3 devices. Regardless of Google introducing with Android 9.0 Pie, other major Android OEMs have already adapted to these gestures in their smartphones right after the launch of the iPhone X. These other Android OEMs adapted to these gestures include Xiaomi, OnePlus, Honor, Vivo and Huawei and more.
The primary reason for this gesture-based navigation, at least for Apple is due to getting rid of the Home Button/ Touch ID button. However, Android Pie’s approach has been different, for instance, Android Pie still has Back Button in the default navigation keys whereas it had got ridden of the multitask pane button and users need to swipe and hold the home button to get to the multi-task pane, similar to the iPhone. While most of the gestures in Android Pie resembled iOS-based gestures, the newly introduced Google’s latest Android Q appears to be bringing some more iPhone-like gestures. The report along with the video from the folks at XDA Developers reveal these new gestures that seemed to be more familiar and iPhone-like, and the new animations with these gestures seem to be smooth enough too. These new additional gestures are however not defaulted in the latest Android Q Developer build but are found in the Developer Options menu, according to the report.
When enabled, the new gestures are pretty identical to what we have seen on the iPhone. For example, swiping the pill-shaped Home button (introduced in Android Pie) returns the user to the earlier used apps, which wasn’t possible in the Android Pie and had allowed swiping between only two recently used apps. Previously on the Android Pie, swiping up gave the user multitask pane and now, in the Android Q build – swiping up and holding the pill-shaped home button brings you the recent tasks menu. The video showcased also hints the animations with these new gestures, on the whole, have been marginally improved that further hints and feels similar to iOS iPhone-like gestures.
Since this is still an early developer preview build of the Android Q, we can expect more gestures to be added or diminished in the coming updates, and we might have to wait until this year’s Pixel devices launch for what Google has to bring to the table with its Android Q software. What do you think of these new smooth iPhone-like gestures from Google? Do let us know in the comments below and stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more such interesting updates.