Android 11 Might Change the Smartphone Gesture Navigation System
Google has recently launched the first Android 11 Developer preview build a few days ago, and enthusiasts have already started digging through its new features and clues of what the upcoming Pixel might exhibit. It is already clear that the Pixel 5 might support reverse wireless charging as well as Motion sense soli radar.
Now, with the confirmation of Android 11, there are chances that the Pixel might feature some exceptional features that the smartphone industry has never seen before. One of the features that have raised the level of enthusiasm among smartphone users is the Gesture Navigation system.
Almost after a decade of Android development, Google has now decided to drop the bottom menu for its smartphones and replace it with gestures. Now, this upcoming feature looks a bit similar to what we saw in iPhone X, which might be the major reason for smartphone users criticizing this new feature in Android. Moreover, dropping the menu will result in the removal of the back button, which was a crucial part of the Android 10 navigation system.
Google may also add a new type of gesture to the Pixel 5 and other pixel devices – A double tap on the back of the phone. This new gesture found in Android 11is codenamed Columbus and it can also support all sorts of actions. It can also dismiss the timer, launch the camera app, launch Google assistant, play and pause media, collapse the status bar, silence incoming calls, snooze alarms, unpin notifications, and perform user-selected actions.
These features have already been introduced in several Pixel devices that are supporting Android 11 as it does not require any specific hardware. Columbus also uses the phone’s gyroscope and accelerometer to interpret taps.
The double-tap gesture might be very useful and can also turn out to be more convenient than Active Edge. Currently, it is not clear whether you can assign more than one feature to Columbus or whether it’ll be contextually aware. For example, if you assign a double-tap feature on the screen to open the YouTube application but due to misinterpretation, Columbus might start any music application.
Currently, Google seems to be working on eradicating this problem and the success of this feature will be clear once it is launched for the use of general people.