Android P developers preview brings iPhone X like gesture navigation, bids farewell to traditional buttons


Android P is still in its development phase, but that does not stop reports from tipping its features and other expected functionalities. Many previous reports have already hinted that this time around Google is working on bringing iPhone X-like features to its Android version. The latest reports concretes the leaks further. Let’s take a look at what new Android P feature has been spotted in the wild.

Android P: iPhone X Like Gesture Navigation

The latest report on the upcoming Android version states that it has been spotted running UI similar to the iPhone X. The report further states that the features will be gesture-based, precisely gesture navigation that has already been revealed by Google. The presence of this feature also means that it supports the nitch design and the multi-camera setup, both of these designs are expected on the upcoming Android smartphones that are trying hard to align with the design of the Apple iPhone X.

Other rumours about the upcoming Android version suggests that Google will be including features like Google Assistant deeper integration, native call recording, and signal strength hiding option for carriers.

Android P: Bidding Farewell to Traditional Buttons

This time Google is bidding farewell to the traditional Back, Home, and Recent Apps buttons. The tech giant in an official blog revealed that it is bringing an all-new navigation bar with the Android P. The company gave a glimpse of the said navigation bar that is adorned with rounded back button and a pill-shaped home button. The blog post did not provide more information concerning the design change on the upcoming version of Android. However, the first Android P Developer Preview did reveal that Android 9.0 will feature Private DNS mode.

Ron Amadeo from ArsTechnica was successful in spotting the changes in the design of the Android P, as Google removed the original screenshot that showed the layout of buttons. According to Amadeo, an all-new home button should be the enabler for the gesture controls on Android P devices. Besides, the recent apps button seems to be no more placed on the bottom right of the screen while the back button disappears when a dialogue box shows up.

In a Twitter conversation between ArsTechnica’s Amadeo and 9to5Google’s Stephen Hall, the latter stated that his sources have confirmed that Android gesture navigation in the home button bears similarities with the gesture navigation system on Apple’s latest iPhone X.

Android P: Taking More Inspiration From iPhone X As More Android Manufacturers Embrace Notch Design

The inclusion of the navigation system on Android P can be justified with more Android manufacturers leaning towards notch-design as on the iPhone X. The navigation system on Android scores zero points for Google on the creativity level though as one just can’t ignore the fact that Apple was the first one to launch it with its latest iPhone.

As of now, most of the reports on the Android P are primarily based on its similarities with the iPhone X UI, but there should be more features that may score brownie points for Google. We got to wait and watch what Google has under wraps for Android P.

Nevertheless, what’s your best guess for the name of the Android 9.0? Do you think Android “P” stands for Pie? or could it be any other dessert like Parfait, Pancake, Peanut Butter Cookie, Popsicle, Pumpkin Pie, Praline or maybe some Indian dessert like Peda or Petha?

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