Google builds of iOS for the actions of Android Q

On the occasion of the Google I/O, the giant of search has officially presented several new features of Android Q : Google sheds light on mode dark-Android Q, and plenty of other novelties. This major update of the mobile system of Google will be released at the end of the year, but a beta has been available for several weeks on some smartphones. The new features presented yesterday, are associated with a third beta of Android Q, that we have been able to install on a Pixel-3 XL.

Android Q on a Pixel-3 XL

There are many new features in this version, but interface, we will retain two : a mode dark to be managed by the system and new touch gestures. Android was already far away from its historical model with the three buttons permanently at the bottom of the screen (back/home/multitasking) with Android P, but without going until the end. On the Pixel and their basic version of the system, we had a pellet in the bottom of the screen, but it was as much a dedicated area acts as a button, as I explained in my article on the Pixel 3 XL.

In the current version of Android Q, this mode of operation is always the default one. But in the settings, a new option named “Fully gestural navigation ” is added to the other two (three buttons, so Android history, and two buttons which was the default setting of Android (P). In my case, this setting was not enabled after installation, it took me to do it in the app settings.

This setting activates the new mode of navigation gestures, Android Q.

This new option optimizes the place left to the apps screen. Google has been far more than Apple and its host bar thick enough, and there is a fine line on the beta of Android Q. This is perhaps something that will change by the final version, the line is so fine in the beta that could easily move to the side. Above all that, like on iOS, its color varies depending on the background and it is usually gray, rarely black or white.

The default setting of Android P to the left, a new option for Android Q to the right.

The default setting of Android P to the left, a new option for Android Q to the right.

Google did not simply take over a bar like on iOS, the firm of Mountain View has also happily dug into the catalog of gestures invented by Apple for its iPhone X. we Say : Android Q is so close to iOS that we will now be able to switch from one to the other without any harm.

Thus, to exit the current app and return to the home screen of Android Q, you now need to drag it to the top. Hold for a second, and you will display all the open apps, like on iOS. The host bar can no longer be affected as me old for tablet Android P, it is no longer a button.

As on the iPhone and iPad without the home button, as always, the bar is used to switch from one app open in the other. Just drag on this bar to the left or to the right, to navigate in the history. And like on iOS, you can switch from one app to another quickly with a gesture to the right of the screen.

This change means that, for the first time since the birth of Android, it has no dedicated button to back in an app. It was a fundamental pillar of the mobile system of Google and the change will force the regulars to take on new habits — which probably means that this mode of operation will remain optional, at least in Android Q.

To a regular iOS, this change, however, is welcome because, as you may have guessed, Google has taken the same idea as Apple. To go back in an app on Android Q, you now need to drag it from the left side of the screen to the right.

Instead of presenting directly the view in the background as Apple has done, Google has chosen a solution that is technically more simple. A chevron on the left side appears when one has performed the gesture correctly, and on the Pixel, the vibrator is used to confirm that all is good.

It is a good idea, because the symbol is not always very visible, and it is often confused with the content. This is a point which could no doubt be improved in the next beta. It will also require that the apps update themselves to adapt to this new paradigm, because this gesture is already used in many Android apps, but associated with a different function.

Depending on the case, the new gesture can block totally the former : for example, it becomes impossible to display a menu with a slip to the right, a gesture hitherto standard. It can also be combined with another gesture, like in the Photos app of Google in which, depending on the starting point, one passes from one image to another or returns to the previous screen. In our app, depending on the point of departure, we will also move to the previous news, or it will return to the list of items.

By taking again all the gestures of iOS, Google recognizes the superiority of the work done by Apple. Even if the first version of the Android Q is still a lack of fluidity, and even if there are still a few bugs to resolve, it is a progress compared to previous attempts, which lacked overall coherence. This new proposal was not original, but it holds the road.