Mon. Nov 11th, 2019

Google survey shows that users will like to use Android gestures navigation

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Google released a new article on the advantages of gesture navigation when the company is about to launch a new version of Android. The product manager responsible for the Android interface said that in the process of system navigation migration to gesture mode, Android also provides more screen space for the application. Although gesture navigation is a trend in current smartphone operating systems, many users prefer traditional navigation buttons rather than gestures.

Comparison of user ratings for ergonomics and one-handed use across different navigation modes (higher is better)

Google’s official survey shows that most users prefer traditional navigation buttons, and navigation buttons on ergonomic ratings are higher than gesture scores. Relatively speaking, the user may prefer the gesture operation if he is familiar with the gesture operation, but this familiar process may take several days. After the run-in period, the frequency of the user’s use of traditional navigation buttons and gestures is almost the same, of course, at least for now, both options are provided at the same time. After the run-in period, more and more users choose to use gestures instead of navigation buttons, which is the main reason why Google finally decided to take the road of Android gestures.

The biggest problem in the Android market is actually the fragmentation of all aspects. Even basic gestures may face fragmentation. The good news is that Google has joined forces with manufacturers to use uniform gestures, which means that every brand of smartphone supports gestures and gestures are the same. Users can quickly get started even if they switch from the current mobile phone brand to another brand because the gesture operation is the same and the same operation results are the same. Manufacturers who agree to use Google Gesture include well-known manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, OnePlus, Motorola, Xiaomi, HMD Nokia and OPPO. In addition, the traditional navigation buttons will be retained in the official version of Android Q, which means users can continue to use the way they like.

Source: android-developers