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One UI (Android Pie) feature focus: Navigation button gestures

A nifty alternative for software navigation keys that Samsung introduced with the Galaxy A7 (2018) is becoming a standard feature with Android Pie. With Samsung adopting software navigation keys for all devices, there are going to be many complaints about those keys taking up useful screen estate. And that’s where navigation button gestures in Android 9 come in.

Replace navigation keys with gestures

On Android Nougat and Oreo, Galaxy phones come with an option to temporarily hide the navigation bar using an extra button next to the home, back, and recents navigation keys. This option is being replaced by Full screen gestures, which requires you to swipe up from the bottom of the screen to go back, go to the home screen, or access the recent apps screen. Basically, you swipe up where these buttons would be placed if the navigation bar wasn’t hidden. To help you get used to the gestures, you can enable gesture hints to see where you would need to swipe up for each of the navigation key actions.

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And these gestures are easy to get used to, if we may say so ourselves. Plus, even when the navigation bar is hidden, you can change the order of the back and recents keys. If you’re running the Android Pie beta on your Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+, you can find the Full screen gestures option in the Display » Navigation bar section of the Settings app.

Do try it out and let us know whether you will be using these gestures or if you prefer the standard navigation keys. Also see more of what you can expect from Android Pie and One UI on your Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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tipatiblo
tipatiblo

I’ve just updated to android pie and I am loving yhe gestures but howdo I access split screen now? I have no idea. Thank you

tkp206093
tkp206093

Who knows Hong Kong have are Android Pie beta?

djcbs
djcbs

I have these gestures with the XDA gestures app and I like them. But because they’re not native to the phone, they often don’t work. So if Samsung takes the time to make sure the gestures never fail AND won’t interfere with other apps (the XDA ones for example break SwiftKey on Instagram), it’ll be great!

Well…assuming Samsung doesn’t break Andromeda on top of the idiotic changes to the Theme Store that is.

fidocampeao
fidocampeao

with the tactic home button and one hand operation +, i think samsung is going the wrong way… It’s a lot more intuitive swiping from the side instead of the bottom, but for me i’m still going to use ohp+ plus hidden buttons (with swipe)

brunoflgr90
brunoflgr90

Is there an gesture for alt+tab (the double-tap on recent apps)?

TNTMkIII
TNTMkIII

How is this not going to interfere with the swipe up for Samsung Pay?

Biransahin
Biransahin

I’m definitely looking forward to using the gestures. I prefer a totally clean screen with no navigation icons….or notches or holes. Wink wink!

locarno
locarno

“using an extra button next to the home, back, and recents navigation keys. This option is being replaced by Full screen gestures,”

So they removed extra button for hide nav bar like on oreo ?

Andrei603
Andrei603

Yes

Biransahin
Biransahin

Yes, but that’s because it will not be really necessary any more.

jay bhavsar 09
jay bhavsar 09

Any update related to one ui beta for india

locarno
locarno

Just wait (;

x M a L i K x
x M a L i K x

Still waiting in the UK no sign of it here yet.