Google unveiled a number of the new options within the subsequent model of Android at its developer conference. One characteristic regarded notably acquainted. Android P will get new navigation gestures to change between apps. And it really works similar 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 mentioned. “And the brand new design makes Android multitasking extra approachable and simpler to grasp.”
Whereas Google has in all probability been engaged on a brand new multitasking display screen for a 12 months, it’s exhausting to consider that the corporate didn’t copy Apple. The iPhone X was unveiled in September 2017.
On Android P, the normal residence, again and multitasking buttons are gone. There’s a single pill-shaped button on the middle of the display screen. In the event you swipe up from this button, you get a brand new multitasking view along with your most up-to-date apps. You’ll be able to swipe left and proper and choose the app you’re on the lookout for.
In the event you swipe up yet one more time, you get the app drawer with urged apps on the very prime. At any time, you’ll be able to faucet on the button to return to the house display screen. These gestures additionally work if you’re utilizing an app. Android P provides a again button within the backside left nook should you’re in an app.
However probably the most shameless inspiration is the left and proper gestures. In the event you swipe left and proper on the pill-shaped button, you’ll be able to change to the following app, precisely like on the iPhone X. You’ll be able to scrub by way 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 gadgets starting today. Finish customers will get the brand new model within the coming months.
It’s exhausting guilty Google with this one because the iPhone X gestures are extremely elegant and environment friendly — and sure, it appears rather a lot like the Palm Pre. Utilizing a cellphone that runs the present model of Android after utilizing the iPhone X is way slower because it requires a number of faucets to change to the latest 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.