Google Introduces iPhone X-Like Gestures In New ‘Android P’ Mobile OS

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iPhone X’s gesture controls might be holding some users back from purchasing the device, but Google seems to think they’re the “buttons” of the future nonetheless.

At the Google I/O conference on Tuesday, the tech giant introduced the ‘Android P’ operating system, and along with it, navigation controls that match the gestures used in Apple’s upmarket smartphone.

“As part of ‘Android P’, we’re introducing a new system navigation that we’ve been working on for more than a year now,” said Dave Burke, Google’s Vice President of Android Engineering. “And the new design makes Android multi-tasking more approachable and easier to understand.”

Google removed Android’s home, back, and multitasking buttons, replacing them with a tiny, pill-shaped button at the bottom.

Swiping up from the new button will let you see your most recent apps, and moving your finger sideways lets you navigate between the . If you swipe up a second time, you’ll find a drawer of five apps your phone predicts you might use next.

While the controls resemble the ones in iPhone X, Burke explained that the new button will enable future gadgets to have even slimmer bezels. See how it works below.

Image by Google via GIPHY

[via TechCrunch, images via Google]


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