Android’s new multitasking is terrible and should be changed back

I have been using Google Pixel 3 XL released two weeks ago, and I fully agree with the review's conclusion that Pixel 3 is now the best Android experience. However, there is one aspect of the Android experience that I can not have. No, it is not a huge notch. Pixel is a new and bad multitasking system indispensable in the generation. As with using Pixel 2 in the same Android 9-Python OS, it is ahead of the options of the familiar old Android button trio.

A new approach to switching Google 's apps is similar to what Apple has introduced in iPhone X. It depends on the swipe and shares two of the same basic gestures. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to see a multitasking overview and swipe the bottom side navigation bar to flip between apps. Just like Dan Seifert, my colleague, who insists that everyone should copy the gesture of iPhone X, Apple's implementation of this (in animation) becomes a second nature quickly and quickly after basics are grasped. Meanwhile, Google is full of internal contradictions and painful annoyances.

Google's first big sin of implementing this new gesture on the Android interface is that the company refused to remove the underlying old ones. The app drawer, which hides all unnecessary apps on the home screen, has been accessed for a long time by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. (At least in Google's Android flavor.) The same swipe is going into multitasking mode. Everyone is fine and well – I'm not afraid, but Google thought it was wise to keep swiping for access. App drawer, much longer and terrible unnatural. Pixel 3 XL-sized mobile phones allow legitimate thumb tangles to swipe the entire screen.

The most common trend when accessing my app is failing to complete an awkward long swipe. Exit from the multi-tasking menu and another quick swipe to use the app. This may sound minor, but it really eliminates the speed at which I can access less commonly used applications. Even if I fill the apps in six homescreens or folders, it will take longer than simply swiping and choosing the app you want. Once there was liquidity and speed, Google brought frustration.


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The saddest aspect of Apple's iPhone X / XS navigation is how you can swipe across the bottom gesture bar. You can switch between apps. Google has this drunken version. First, the Apple system lacks smooth animations. On Android Pie, the app window shrinks again, the slide moves to the right, and the app you previously used is zoomed in to the full view. This animation is cluttered, and the latter app appears to pop up to you.

Apple's navigation allows users to swipe left and right between apps. Google, on the other hand, switches between the most recently used and current apps. To move backward, do not use more tricks, but place your fingers on the right side of the displayed navigation bar and perform the same function as the scroll bar of the desktop operating system. The problem is that I can not judge the right amount of money to reach my desired app. The 5th most recently used app on the iPhone is the 5th swipe, and I know I can do it without looking at my phone or paying attention. With Pixel 3, you have to be very careful when choosing the exact time you want your phone to be free to move between applications that have been recently used . It feels like walking on an ice skating rink.

Compare it with Apple's gesture-based interface. UI car. What about Google's legacy multitasking system in previous Android iterations? We had one dedicated software button to access multitasking, so there was no conflict with the app drawer and we were able to tap that button twice to switch to the most recently used app. It's fast, but to the point, it's easy to turn into an unconscious habit.


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Another undesirable change in Google's latest multitasking view is that by default, only the current app is visible. Two neighboring apps. With previous versions of Android, you can use the vertical apps stack to access older apps more quickly. Samsung is still doing this, and when I pick up Galaxy Note 9 on Android 8.1, it seems to be an interface upgrade when switching applications.

To summarize, Google does not gain much of the information density of multitasking, reducing usability. Even though Google's trio of Android software buttons seem to simplify the experience and leave more room on the screen for other uses, the iterations introduced in the Android 9 pie did not really happen. Because there were three buttons in front, there is still a lot of space on the screen with the back button and the home button.

I do not think Google's new multitasking system is a catastrophic disaster, but I do not even think about it. Pixel 3 is just the default option for Google, the company signing version of Android. Resolve the twist in the new option and provide the old option Google.

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