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Android P could replace multi-tasking buttons with key iPhone X feature

Android P could replace multi-tasking buttons with key iPhone X feature”

Google's upcoming major Android update, Android P is in talks as this would be the most advanced Android update till date.

In a wholly unrelated post about network security improvements in P from the Android Developers Blog, a screenshot today reveals a new navigation bar layout that is completely different from what is now on Android 8.1 Oreo. The Android P is back on the headlines as Google has accidentally revealed the availability of iPhone X like gestures on the new Android P operating system.

At first glance, there's nothing fundamentally different about the design or interface - but look below and there seems to be a navigation bar that has never appeared on Android before.

As evidenced by the photo below, you can see that the usual Android array of three buttons on the bottom of the display have been narrowed down to two.

The center home button is no longer a solid circle with an outline around it, but rather pill-shaped.

For some additional context, Ars Technica put up a helpful photo which illustrates the Android P UI slowly morphing into the iPhone X.

Several smartphone manufacturers such as Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus already enabled similar implementations of gesture navigation even on the framework of Android Oreo. There is an option to customise the navigation bar on the new Android P update. Otherwise, the back button wouldn't be there, just the navigation bar. We've heard some tidbits about changes coming to navigation - as discussed on our inaugural episode of Alphabet Scoop - and now Google has shared a screenshot that confirms its existence...

Well, the giant is only testing out their new navigation bar on the Android P operating system which is also in the testing environment for the developers.

Notches will be supported system-wide in the next Android release, with notification icons, shifted to the side to make way for the cut-out.

All in all, this shouldn't come as much of a surprise given that both Apple and Google these days tend to liberally borrow design cues from one another. Google is supporting screen notches like iPhone X and the Essential Phone with the same gesture controls.



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