Tag Archive: Gestures


Microsoft Launcher picks up custom icon gestures, Android O support, and more

Now you can perform custom actions with nothing more than a swipe of an icon.

Following a couple of weeks in the oven with beta testers, Microsoft is shipping out another new set of features for Microsoft Launcher on Android. Included in the latest update are custom gesture controls for app icons, full Android O support, updates to the relatively new family card, and more.

The most notable of these additions is the new gesture controls for  [Read More…]

How to master the new Android P gestures

A little practice never hurt.

Android P is almost here, and just like every big yearly update, there’s a lot to get familiar with. This time around, the most notable change is the presence of Google’s new gesture-based navigation bar.

We’ve seen OEMs like Motorola and OnePlus try crafting their own gestures following the release of the iPhone X, and with Android P, we finally have a default method of navigating through the OS that’ll be available  [Read More…]

Microsoft Launcher beta gets new icon gestures and family controls

You can set custom app icon gestures and much more with Microsoft Launcher’s latest beta update.

Microsoft Launcher beta testers are getting a small batch of new features to check out this week with the app’s latest update. Rolling out now, the update adds new custom gesture controls for app icons and folders, updates to the relatively new family card, and more.

The most notable addition is that of custom gesture controls for apps. To get started  [Read More…]

PSA: Gestures aren’t turned on in Android P by default

Google’s not forcing you to swipe quite yet.

Android P is almost here, and one of its biggest features is the new navigation gestures. The new gestures are a welcome touch, but if you can’t live without your Home, Back, and Recents buttons, you’ve got nothing to fear.

When you update your phone to Android P, the gestures are turned off by default. If you want to enable them, you’ve got to go to Settings -> System ->  [Read More…]

How to enable navigation gestures on the OnePlus 6

Gestures offer an interesting new take on navigation.

OnePlus introduced navigational gestures to the OnePlus 5T earlier this year, and the feature has made its way to the OnePlus 6 as well. Gestures offer a new way to interact with the interface, and in many instances, they’re a more intuitive way of navigating the UI. Google is set to roll out gestures of its own with Android P, and while OnePlus’ implementation is slightly different to that  [Read More…]

Pixel Buds updated with gestures for skipping tracks and power controls

It’s also easier to switch between paired devices.

Google’s Pixel Buds may not be as elegant or seamless as AirPods, but they’re a solid first attempt and have us excited for what we’ll see with version two later this year. Before that, however, Google’s updating the current model with three highly-requested features that are rolling out to users now.

The first new addition is the ability to manually turn Pixel Buds on/off with a triple tap on  [Read More…]

Video: Android P gestures explained

The little bundle of pixels found at the bottom of a phone running Android P represents the future of navigation on Android handsets. Android’s software keys have been basically unchanged for more than seven years at this point, dating all the way back to the 3.0 Honeycomb release for tablets (or 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on phones). But Google knows that in order to win over iPhone converts in the future, it’ll have to deal with years  [Read More…]

Android P gestures vs. iPhone X: A swiping comparison

Google will probably be accused of copying Apple, but this is the right way forward.

There’s been a lot of speculation surrounding the shift from the standard three button navigation we’ve had in Android since the ICS days to a gesture-based system. As hardware manufacturers lose the bezels and fingerprint sensors leave the front, this navigation mechanism costs you what could otherwise be valuable screen real estate.

Google didn’t come to this conclusion first, as we all know  [Read More…]

OnePlus 5T officially updated with iPhone X-like navigation gestures

Both the OnePlus 5 and 5T are also being updated to Android 8.1 Oreo.

At the tail-end of January, OnePlus introduced a new gesture-based navigation system for the OnePlus 5T with its OxygenOS Open Beta program. The setup very closely resembled the gestures found on the iPhone X, and now with the OxygenOS 5.1.0 public update that’s rolling out, all users of the 5T are will gain access to it.

In case you missed Daniel’s hands-on from  [Read More…]

How to set up and start using gestures in MIUI

Full-screen gestures will transform the way you use MIUI.

Xiaomi rolled out the MIUI 9.5 update last month, introducing a slate of new features, including support for gestures. The goal with gestures is to maximize screen real estate by eliminating the navigation bar at the bottom of the display, and offering an easier way to navigate the interface.

For instance, the default gesture to go back in an app or exit to the home screen is  [Read More…]