Android P was the talk of the town before Google I/O 2-18 and now, it’s building up to be quite the upgrade to Google’s operating system. The new OS borrows a page from Apple’s minimalist look and is making it its own.
This means Google is coming in strong with a new, gesture-based system that replaces the familiar three on-screen buttons with one, slim line at the bottom of the screen, which will be used to swipe with.
New gestures will accompany the entire icon array its users were used to. That said, holding down the home button will still bring down Google Assistant, as always. Old habits die hard.
Scrolling between the open apps will be done by tapping and sliding the home button. Users will then practically pan over whatever app they want, providing a much smoother transition altogether.
All in all, this seems to be the most substantial change Google has done in regards to the Android navigation system, which has not changed its UI since the 2011 virtual buttons.
It’s quite the leap, but one we were all looking forward to for quite a while now.