Gesture navigation began to be taken more seriously after Apple implemented it on iPhone X. On the Android side, navigation appeared on Android Pie as an option. However, this way of navigating is set to be the rule.
With the release of Android Q shortly, Google wants everyone to use gesture navigation in their operating system. To this end, the company has already agreed to this change with several companies that make Android smartphones.
Brands such as Samsung, Xiaomi, HMD Global, OPPO, OnePlus, LG or Motorola are mentioned directly by Google. Still, the company says more construction companies have been contacted to standardize gesture navigation on their equipment.
All Android Q smartphones will have active gesture navigation
This agreement between Google and OEMs means that all smartphones arriving with Android Q or higher will come with gesture navigation enabled by default. The goal is to provide users with a consistent user experience.
Of course, not everyone will be better suited to this new method of navigating Android. With this in mind, Google and its partners will offer the possibility to revert to the traditional navigation bar, with the usual backspace buttons, home and recent applications.
Many of these brands now offer gesture navigation on their devices. However, it must be enabled in the settings and the navigation bar is enabled by default. Starting with Android Q, the scenario will be reversed.
Google believes gesture navigation is more practical
Google has conducted extensive research in which it found gesture navigation to be more ergonomic for users. The American technology also says that this method of navigation is faster and provides greater use of the smartphone screen.
However, she acknowledges that adapting to this method may not be immediate. By your calculations, the average user takes 1-3 days to adjust to gesture navigation.
The benefits of gesture navigation, according to Google
- Gestures can be a faster, more natural and ergonomic way to navigate your smartphone.
- The gestures are more intentional than the software buttons that you can trigger just by picking up the smartphone.
- Gestures enable a more immersive application experience by minimizing how much the system relies on application content, such as the HOME / BACK buttons and slider where they are – especially with hardware trends targeting larger screens and smaller margins.
The disadvantages of gesture navigation, according to Google
- Gestures do not work for all users
- Gestures are harder to learn and may take some adjustments.
- Gestures can interfere with an app's browsing pattern
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