Google unveiled a few of the new options within the subsequent model of Android at its developer conference. One function 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 yr 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 in all probability been engaged on a brand new multitasking display screen for a yr, it’s onerous to imagine that the corporate didn’t copy Apple. The iPhone X was unveiled in September 2017.
On Android P, the standard house, again and multitasking buttons are gone. There’s a single pill-shaped button on the heart of the display screen. For those who swipe up from this button, you get a brand new multitasking view along with your most up-to-date apps. You may swipe left and proper and choose the app you’re searching for.
For those who swipe up yet one more time, you get the app drawer with instructed 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 in case you’re in an app.
However probably the most shameless inspiration is the left and proper gestures. For those who swipe left and proper on the pill-shaped button, you’ll be able to swap to the subsequent app, precisely like on the iPhone X. You may scrub by way of a number of apps. As quickly as you launch your finger, you’ll soar to the chosen app.
You may get Android P beta for a handful of units starting today. Finish customers will get the brand new model within the coming months.
It’s onerous responsible Google with this one because the iPhone X gestures are extremely elegant and environment friendly — and sure, it seems rather a lot 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 every one smartphones ought to work just like the iPhone X. However Google nonetheless deserves to be known as out.