Android P is getting iPhone X-style navigation gestures

Joanna Estrada
April 17, 2018

The screenshot suggested that Google is working on a possible iPhone X-like gesture navigation interface to replace the existing buttons for Android P. The post contained a screenshot of the DNS settings with a navigation bar that is completely different from what is now on Android 8.1 Oreo.

The operating system's refreshed user interface features a multitasking interface that looks like it was pulled straight from iOS - as well as a familiar virtual Home button. Some of them will make iPhone switchers feel right at home.

While everyone's in an uproar about Facebook accounts getting skimmed for data, a new study claims that thousands of Android apps are in breach of standards for monitoring kids' behavior online. In previous versions of Android, active apps were displayed like a stack of cards that could be scrolled vertically. The apps may appear to be violating COPPA or the terms of service of the Google Play Store, but it is up to the Federal Trade Commission and Google to determine the truth behind the violations.

Even for mobile games that were launched on One Store, there were cases where games became available on the One Store some period after it was already made available via Google and Apple's app marketplaces.

Once you swipe up on the button, a carousel of apps opens up, just like on the iPhone.

Android P could get a new navigation bar, too.

This feature might not necessarily make it into the final version of Android P. The company is known to make experiments with features that might be cut or modified by the time a new Android version is released.

The announcement usually takes place in the summer, but Google may have let the name slip out early this year via its Instagram Story which, among a selection of images it encouraged users to screenshot and use as phone screensavers to celebrate spring, included an image of popsicles.

As you can see in the following concept images posted on 9to5Google, Google is indeed going for an oblong design for the home button indicator, just like Apple did on the iPhone X. The button in Android P is much smaller than Apple's, but the resemblance is obvious.

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