Google- People Using Android Prefer Navigation Buttons Over Gestures


One day after delivering the final beta of Android Q, Google is making its most direct case yet for why Q’s new gesture navigation controls are an enhancement over what came before. The Verge reported on the corporate’s reasoning earlier today, and now Google has posted a more thorough clarification to it is Android Developer’s Blog. “By transferring to a gesture model for system navigation, we are able to provide more of the display to apps to enable a more immersive experience,” wrote Android UI product managers Allen Huang and Rohan Shah.

No one is arguing that benefit, however, the trouble Google has run into is with Android’s “back” perform and determining the best way of preserving it with gestures — and making that answer feel second nature to the end-user. “We prioritized this objective above other less frequent navigation similar to drawers and recent,” Huang and Shah wrote.

“We began with analysis to understand how customers held their phones, what typical attain seemed like, and what parts of the phone customers used probably the most. From there, we constructed many prototypes that we examined throughout axes like desirability, speed-of-use, ergonomics, and more,” they stated. “And we put our final design by way of a spread of studies — how rapidly customers realized the system, how shortly customers got used to the system, how customers felt about it.”

Google acknowledges that the iPhone-like gesture system has “come at the cost of having the ability to access overview/recent apps quickly.” Swiping up and holding is slower than tapping a button. However, the firm says that Android customers pull up the multitasking view half as often as they go to the home screen.

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