Tag Archive: Gestures


How to activate navigation gestures on the Galaxy S20

Samsung continues to offer navigation keys by default on the Galaxy S20, but it’s easy to switch to navigation gestures. Going the gesture route frees up real estate at the bottom of the screen, and it’s a more intuitive way to navigate the interface. Samsung offers several navigation options on the S20, and here’s how you can get started.

Products used in this guide Customize everything: Samsung Galaxy S20 ($ 1000 at Samsung) How to activate and customize  [Read More…]

Are you getting used to Android 10’s gestures?

Let’s have a chat with the AC forums.

When Android 10 was released to the public on September 3, 2019, it brought a ton of new features with it. Google added a long-awaited dark mode, revamped settings for app permissions, and brand-new fully gestural navigation.

That last point has caused a lot of annoyance, with many users not at all pleased with Google’s take on gesture-based navigation for the OS. It was certainly a learning curve at  [Read More…]

Android 10 gestures now work with third-party launchers on the Pixel 4

The fix has not rolled out to other phones such as the Pixel 3 yet.

What you need to know Navigation gestures will now work with third-party launchers in Android 10. Previously, users would have been met with an error message and forced to use button navigation when using a third-party launcher. So far, the fix has only been rolled out to Pixel 4 phones.

The gesture navigation system in Android has been controversial, to say the  [Read More…]

Google is fixing Android 10 gestures once and for all in 2020

Whether you love or hate gestural navigation, one thing is clear: gestures are a mess.

What you need to know Google is using its service agreements as leverage to force gesture conformity. Tweaked ‘back’ gesture will include screen space allocation for swipe-in menus and Edge Panels. Gestures will finally work properly with third-party home screen launchers in the near future.

Ever since vendors started cooking up their own solutions for gestural navigation a few years back, the  [Read More…]

This is what the Pixel 4’s Motion Sense gestures look like in action

You can silence alarms, dismiss phone calls, and skip through songs.

What you need to know New marketing videos showcase how Motion Sense gestures work on the Pixel 4. Motion Sense can be used for silencing alarms, dismissing calls, and skipping through songs. You’ll only be able to use Motion Sense in certain countries and with specific apps.

The Pixel 4 will be here before you know it, and when the phone arrives, one of the features  [Read More…]

OnePlus’s Android 10 gestures are far and away better than Google’s

This isn’t the first time OnePlus has created a superior navigation system.

After six months of beta updates, Google released the public build of Android 10 on September 3. While the final version doesn’t differ too much from the last couple of betas, it means that everyone with a Pixel device and Essential Phone now has access to the latest build of our favorite mobile OS.

Android 10 brings a lot of goodies to the table, such  [Read More…]

Setting strict requirements on apps is what’s needed for “proper” gestures

Swiping needs to be consistent on every phone, in every app, for gestures to work for everyone.

By now, you’re probably tired of reading articles online about Android 10 gesture navigation. It seems like nobody really likes it, Google just can’t get it right, and nothing the company can do fixes things. All this is doubly true if you’re one of the people who have no problems with the current gesture navigation solution in Android. With this  [Read More…]

OnePlus 7 Pro gets final Android 10 beta with custom full-screen gestures

OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro are likely to be among the first non-Google phones to get the final build of Android 10.

What you need to know OnePlus is now rolling out the Android Q Developer Preview 5 for the OnePlus 7 series, based on Android Q beta 6. The final Android 10 beta for the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro comes just a day before the final build of Android 10 is expected to roll out  [Read More…]

I hope the Pixel 4’s air gestures can succeed where the LG G8’s failed

We’ve seen this type of feature before, and it’s been a mixed bag at best.

Google’s new strategy of pre-announcing parts of the Pixel 4 ahead of its launch is fantastic, because it gives us an opportunity to analyze individual pieces of the phone well before we actually get our hands on it. In this case, your hands won’t be on it per se: Google says the Pixel 4 will have advanced face unlock and a Soli  [Read More…]

Android Q gesture FAQ: Understanding how Android’s new gestures work

Android Q is a big change for Android navigation. Let’s break it all down.

When Android Pie was released in 2018, Google introduced its first attempt at redoing Android’s navigation system. Pie got rid of the legacy three-button nav, and in its place, added a button/gesture hybrid system that wasn’t the most graceful by any stretch of the imagination.

Now with Android Q, Google’s redoing things yet again. This time, however, all of the buttons are completely  [Read More…]