Google’s operating system Android P is set to undergo a major overhaul. At a recent developer conference, the tech giant announced a significant update to its gesture-based navigation, and, as pointed out by TechCrunch, it’s not all too dissimilar from Apple’s iPhone X.
The update will alter the way in which users switch between apps. Currently, Android has a three-icon display of on-screen buttons, including home, back, and multitasking. All three will be replaced by a single line at the bottom of the display — just like the iPhone X — that can be used to navigate around the OS.
As a result, Android’s multitasking screen can now be activated via new gestures. To see your most recent active apps, users can do a short swipe up and then scroll left and right through a list. If you swipe up again, the display will reveal the app drawer, with suggested apps at the top of the display.
Additionally, users can scroll between open applications — again, similarly to the iPhone X — by tapping and sliding along the home button. This new interface allows users to pan over to the app they want.
Certain features will remain the same, however, including a virtual back button, and holding down the home button to bring up Google Assistant. A beta for Android P is available now, and users should expect the final product within the coming months.
For a visual comparison, check out this clip from The Verge below.
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In related news, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts three new Apple iPhones will drop this September. More on that here.