The Mountain View company Google replaced the traditional three buttons with gesture navigation in the latest version of the Android operating system. Well, now the company explains the reason behind this move just after the rollout of the last beta version of the upcoming Android operating system i.e. Android Q.
The company says that the new gesture setup was implemented after a lot of thinking and discussion and it makes the navigation experience better as well as handy. At the same time, the company admits that users still prefer the traditional three-button navigation method, but the company says that the new gesture navigation method will give more immersive experience.
In its latest developers’ blog post, Android UI product managers Allen Huang and Rohan Shah explain that “by moving to a gesture model for system navigation, we can provide more of the screen to apps to enable a more immersive experience.” While making their case, the duo claims that the gesture setup will offer faster, more natural and ergonomic way to navigate the device.
Having said that, they also said that gestures were harder and could interfere with an app’s navigation pattern as well. The larger issue of fragmentation is when users use different phones with different gestures. After the research, developers of the company reached to a conclusion that “users viewed the Q model as more one-handed and reachable, although buttons were still viewed as more ergonomic for more users.”