Manufacturers will be required to adopt new navigation gestures on Android Q

Get ready to change the way you interact with your smartphone. Starting with Android Q, manufacturers will be required to adopt Google's new navigation gestures designed to replace traditional buttons (physical or virtual) at the bottom of the screen.

The new gestures, as found in the latest Android Q beta, are very similar to what already found on iOS:

  • Slide vertically from footer to center of screen: back home screen.
  • Swipe horizontally from left or right to center of screen: Back.
  • Swipe diagonally from bottom left or right to center of screen: Launches Google Assistant.
  • Swipe left or right across the bar at the bottom of the screen: switch between apps.
  • Swipe vertically from the footer to the center of the screen and hold your finger on the center: see list of open apps (Recent).

Users who do not want to adopt the new gestures will still have the option of using the navigation bar with the 3 virtual buttons, as is already the case in current versions of Android.

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Get ready for a new way to interact with your smartphone / AndroidPIT

Contrary to previous reports, manufacturers (OEMs) will not be prevented from offering their own gestures (as already happens, for example, in MIUI). But we will have to offer them in conjunction with the navigation bar and Google gestures, which can be a bit confusing.

In statement to the Android Authority site Allen Huang, Project Manager for the Android System Interface at Google, manufacturers' gestures are viewed as an option for advanced users.

But according to him, the gestures implemented by manufacturers make it difficult for consumers to understand how to navigate the system. People use Voltar 150 times a day, he said. We want to make it easy to learn and understand.

And you prefer to browse the system using gestures or virtual buttons? Leave your opinion in the comments.

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