Google’s upcoming Android P software has nothing on the humble Motorola Moto Z3 Play, Moto G6 and Motorola’s other phones for 2018, for one simple reason. You can swipe left to go back. Android P, now in its third and final beta, is Google’s vision of the next version of its Android operating system. This is the software that will eventually run on most Android phones around the world. Android P embraces swipe gestures over the traditional three button navigation we’ve seen since the very beginning of Android phones. With Android P, a slider control lets you swipe right to open your recent apps and press it once to go Home. But if you want to go Back, you have to press a separate Back button to do so. Android P’s Back button supports apps that require it, and it only appears when you can actually use it. Otherwise it doesn’t show up. This change is interesting and important because Android P will bring Android phonemakers a unified look and feel that they can riff on. Android P will also be the basis of 2018’s Google Pixel phones, and of phones that run the more “pure” Android One operating system, which is about as Googly as you can get without being a Google phone. Google’s Android P swiping navigation lags behind Apple’s novel iPhone X gestures by about a year. Those gestures — added because Apple completely removed the iconic home button from the iPhone X’s face to maximize screen… [Read full story]
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