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[Update] Love Samsung’s navigation gestures? They’ll change with Android Q

Update: It looks like Android Q will not be stopping OEMs from offering their own navigation gestures, only making it mandatory for them to also offer Google’s navigation gestures as an option. Things are a bit confusing at this point: Google first said that Android Q will not allow any gesture system other than the stock Android implementation but later confirmed to Android Authority that OEM gestures will be allowed in addition to Google’s navigation gestures. We will hopefully get a clearer picture in the coming days of what’s actually going to be the case.

Original story follows

The navigation gestures on Galaxy phones running Android Pie will change drastically with the Android 10 Q update. To be more precise, Android Q will make it mandatory for manufacturers to use Android’s stock navigation gestures instead of letting them use their own implementations like they’re doing on Android Pie. Android Q will still have the traditional three-button navigation bar, but gestures will be standard across every device running the tenth version of the OS.

Android Q brings iOS-like navigation gestures

This means that Samsung will also have to do away with its current implementation of navigation gestures, which may disappoint many considering how convenient and intuitive those gestures are. That said, Google’s mandate for a single gesture system across every Android device makes sense. It will take away the learning curve that can be involved when a consumer switches from one brand to another and, like the standard software navigation keys, make for a consistent experience.

Google’s navigation gestures are similar to Apple’s on iOS. You swipe up from the bottom of the screen to go to the home screen, swipe up and hold to access the recent apps, swipe horizontally from the left or right to go back, and swipe left and right on the bottom of the screen to quickly switch between two apps. For accessing Google Assistant, one has to swipe from the left or right corner to the middle of the screen.

Google’s mandate makes sense but won’t please everyone

The Android Q rule for navigation gestures is in a similar vein as the Android Pie rule for Multi Window functionality. The latter has received plenty of flak from longtime Galaxy smartphone owners as it removes some of the convenient shortcuts for quickly launching two apps in Multi Window mode. Again, Google’s attempts to streamline basic functionality across every brand and user interface make sense, but that doesn’t mean everyone is going to be happy about it.

Android Q is still many months away from an official release from Google and even further away from coming to Galaxy smartphones, but if you currently use gestures on your Galaxy device, you might want to start preparing yourself for more complex navigation gestures down the line. Of course, that’s if your Galaxy smartphone or tablet is eligible for the Android Q update, something you can confirm with a simple check.

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wrywn
wrywn

Very good news change one ui nav to android Q nav.

locarno
locarno

Please don’t write news if you are not sure about it.

locarno
locarno

Source ?

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telexa

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deliquescator
deliquescator

But Samsung’s gestures + Good Lock customisable side swipe gestures are the best thing since sliced bread!

stondec
stondec

I hate all these gestures. They are not as intuitive as the current navigation buttons. I don’t understand why these companies implement change for the sake of change but at the expense of quality of experience.

exissPL
exissPL

try using them for more than 10 minutes

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I agree. I much prefer the on screen buttons! They automatically disappear when playing a game or watching a video full screen anyway. I really don’t get how people think a swipe is much “intuitive” than a simple tap.. 😒
I can understand gestures more on a tablet, but on smaller displays (where you can reach from the bottom left to the bottom right) buttons work best, I feel.

scotsboy
scotsboy

I approve of the gesture navigation concept, but really don’t particularly like any of the current options. I feel that the optimal solution is to allow users to define their own gestures. There is too much functionality lost or wasted by having a badly conceived and implemented gesture arrangement… for example… recent galaxy phones have the ‘edge panel’. Some launchers provide swipe gestures to perform tasks, load additional panels etc, some apps allow gestures to perform certain functions. With so many apps, launchers and navigation demands upon gestures for input, unless you can get to define your own gestures, you’re… Read more »

DARKXFACT0
DARKXFACT0

Very good stuff from Google. Samsung has the 2nd worst gestures right now with the 1st being Google’s Native in Android P. Thank God we ll have Android Q gestures on samsung too. They are the best possible implementation.

Thisnamewasnottaken
Thisnamewasnottaken

I don’t think so existing owners have to worry about it since the update takes forever to come.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

I m definitely hope they keep the navigation buttons and really not a fan of the swipe guesture

Biransahin
Biransahin

Glad of the change of mind. I love my totally invisible swipe gestures. If that came to Q, I honestly wouldn’t update. I really don’t like Googles nav icons. The time must be approaching for Samsung to break away from Google. Google got most of its improvements in the last number of years from Samsung. One thing though, Android would be nothing without the 300 million phones Samsung sells every year. They may have told Google, that’s not going to happen, hence the roll back.

Abdallah98
Abdallah98

Still waiting for the day when Samsung FINALLY splits from Android …..

TECHFRIEND
TECHFRIEND

Tinzen was their attempt & it wasn’t successful. That’s not to say that they won’t try again, but I doubt it.

pasakun
pasakun

I really don’t care if they change the navigation gestures, as long as the *one hand operation+ * app still works. That app is the best in terms of navigation. Extremely convenient

Landon A
Landon A

Google’s Android Pie gestures are better than what we’ve got. The Android Q gestures only lengthen that gap, so I’m all for using them, instead!

gmp009
gmp009

I like gestures of Android Q more then what Samsung have put in OneUI.

cardicek
cardicek

So you’re a little out of the way

djcbs
djcbs

This is NOT HAPPENING. Go read Android Authority’s interview with the Google responsible for it. Google sees other navigation methods as “power user methods” and encourages OEMs to adopt their iOS-ripped gestures (which, honestly, are much better than their Pie attempt… Even though I still think the 3 button navigation is the superior method). However Google will NOT prevent any OEM from replacing its gestures. Samsung will have to do nothing. If anything, they’ll just offer Google’s plagiarised gestures as a third option. I will remain with buttons, though. Gesture navigation on slabs of glass continues to be a darn… Read more »

Andraste23
Andraste23

OK so long as there is an option I don’t mind….options is what android is all about.

Andraste23
Andraste23

Not cool…I use gestures myself but as it is I have to activate the navigation bar if I want to use the game tools in the game launcher. No big deal…I still say not cool and the option should be there. This is a cavalier Apple move and I don’t like it.

cabbe86
cabbe86

I hope optional, settings. I personally hate gestures, from all phones…

thibaly
thibaly

I love the samsung gesture right now and i hope they’ll keep this…

gogolak
gogolak

The iphone-ish gestures are very good and intuitive. Using Them on my iPad 6th gen and works just perfect. So i hope that Samsung Will implement the android q gestures as soon as possible. The gestures now are bad…I am using the classic navigation bar on my s10+

Andraste23
Andraste23

The gestures on the iPad 6th gen suck especially for the recents. What are you on about. Takes me forever to bring them up that I actually don’t bother at all. They were better before this whole gesture thing and I don’t know why you find the gestures so difficult on the S10+….they work fine….I have been using them since I got the Pie update on my Note 8.

gogolak
gogolak

I really don’t know. I think they are just more suitable for my use 😀it’s just my opinion.

cardicek
cardicek

So buy an iphone dick

gogolak
gogolak

Dude:)) i had every Samsung galaxy s:)) why would I buy an iPhone? I have a s10+ right now

gentux
gentux

I hate the gestures on my iPad, if I want to just bring up the dock I accidentally close the app 40% of the time by swiping up. How can they put three features (opening dock, closing app and bring up recents) in one gesture, even if you could use 4/5-finger-pinch for closing, and 4/5-finger swipe up for getting to recents? Why this redundancy which makes it so hard to use? And multitasking is a joke, right? If you want youtube as an overlay it’s a huge mostly black bar that can be positioned left or right or out of… Read more »

gogolak
gogolak

The iPad 6 2018 i have is very ok for Its price… 350 euro 32gb. I didn’t want a very powerful device…only browsing and media consumption…8-10h screen on time…and I won’t plan changing in in the next 3-4 years…and because of apple providing updates for all the devices….iPad was the best choice. Gesture wise I found them ok. I don’t use the dock and maybe that’s why they aren’t bad for me. But the way we use our devices is so different… the iOS ui on iPad is very bad…its just a bigger screen iPhone. But I find the tablet… Read more »

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