Google's transition from the traditional three-button Android navigation to the shift to gestures on Pixel 3 was a little rough. Google seems to be figuring things out and improving the pixel's gestures for Android Q, but other companies have already come up with better approaches. Motorola probably did it best.
The Moto Z3 Play introduced "one-button navigation" is also available on many of the company's now-released handsets, including the new Moto G7, G7 Power and G7 Play. You may not think there is a good reason to focus on gestures. it does not necessarily increase the experience of using your device or making it easier. But at least in the case of Motorola, it makes sense to remember and consistent . (As is not the case with Google, sometimes I still can not pull the app drawer up with one finger on my Pixel 3 XL.)
Here's how to try out Moto's gestures:
- First, enable the One-button navigation from the Moto-App
The other current mobile phones of the Moto G7 and Motorola come standard with the usual three virtual buttons. To use gesture navigation instead, just open the Moto app pre-installed on your phone and switch the one-button navigation. Once you have done so, you will be guided through a brief introduction to all the wiping actions and their actions.
- To go home, touch the bar at the bottom of the screen.
This is certainly the easiest. The navigation bar normally displays the Home icon. Therefore, it makes sense to tap the Home icon once, exactly what the Home icon would do.
This is a subtle touch that I really like. If you'd like to go directly to the App Drawer and skip the multitasking menu of Android 9 Pie, just swipe up from anywhere on the Home screen, which is not the virtual bar . This is a much simpler gesture than having to go further up the drawer. This is what you need to do at a pixel.
- Swipe up from the virtual bar to start multitasking.
If you want to preview the apps you recently opened, just swipe up and you'll be taken to the Android 9 Pie App Switcher. Remember that text can be copied and pasted between these multitask preview windows.
- Swipe right to switch between the two most recently used apps.
If you're often in a situation where you frequently switch between two apps, you do not need to open the full multitasking view to switch between them. Instead, just swipe right to the virtual button and you'll switch from one to the other.
The back button on Android can be a bit inconsistent and unpredictable, which it will sometimes do, but if you use it you can often do this by swiping to the left on the one-touch navigation bar.
- Press and hold the one-touch navigation bar to access Google Assistant.
If you want to ask Google something with your voice or give Google Assistant a command, you can get there by holding down the navigation bar.
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