Google unveiled a few of the new options within the subsequent model of Android at its developer convention. One characteristic appeared notably acquainted. Android P will get new navigation gestures to modify between apps. And it really works identical to the iPhone X.
“As a part of Android P, we’re introducing a brand new system navigation that we’ve been engaged on for greater than a 12 months now,” VP of Android Engineering Dave Burke stated. “And the brand new design makes Android multitasking extra approachable and simpler to grasp.”
Whereas Google has most likely been engaged on a brand new multitasking display screen for a 12 months, it’s laborious to consider that the corporate didn’t copy Apple. The iPhone X was unveiled in September 2017.
On Android P, the standard dwelling, again and multitasking buttons are gone. There’s a single pill-shaped button on the heart of the display screen. In case you swipe up from this button, you get a brand new multitasking view together with your most up-to-date apps. You’ll be able to swipe left and proper and choose the app you’re searching for.
In case you swipe up yet one more time, you get the app drawer with recommended apps on the very high. At any time, you’ll be able to faucet on the button to return to the house display screen. These gestures additionally work while you’re utilizing an app. Android P provides a again button within the backside left nook should you’re in an app.
However essentially the most shameless inspiration is the left and proper gestures. In case you swipe left and proper on the pill-shaped button, you’ll be able to change to the subsequent app, precisely like on the iPhone X. You’ll be able to scrub by means of a number of apps. As quickly as you launch your finger, you’ll soar to the chosen app.
You will get Android P beta for a handful of units beginning immediately. Finish customers will get the brand new model within the coming months.
It’s laborious accountable Google with this one because the iPhone X gestures are extremely elegant and environment friendly — and sure, it seems so much like the Palm Pre. Utilizing a telephone that runs the present model of Android after utilizing the iPhone X is way slower because it requires a number of faucets to modify to the newest app.
Apple moved the needle and it’s clear that each one smartphones ought to work just like the iPhone X. However Google nonetheless deserves to be known as out.