Motorola came up with the best Android gestures: here’s how to use them


Google's transition from traditional 3-button navigation on Android to pixel 3 gestures is a bit rough. While Google seems to figure out things and improve pixel gestures for Android Q, other companies have already offered a better approach. Motorola has probably nailed it best so far.

"One-button navigation" introduced in Moto Z3 Play is available on many future corporate phones, including the new Moto G7, G7 Power and G7 Play. You may not think there is enough reason to move into a gesture. It does not necessarily add experience to use the device or make it easier to use. But at least for Motorola, it's easy to understand, easy to remember and matches . (Because it is not Google, Pixel 3 XL will not be able to pull the app drawer with a swipe.)

Here's how to try Moto's gestures.

  • Moto app.

The other modern phones from Moto G7 and Motorola have three common virtual buttons. To use gesture navigation instead, open the pre-installed one-touch app on your phone and toggle the one-button navigation. Once you do, you will be guided through a quick tutorial on all the swipe actions and what they do.

  • Tap the bar at the bottom of the screen to return home.

This is the easiest way. Because the navigation bar is where the Home icon is normally displayed, it's a good idea to tie it once, just like the house icon does once.

  • Move up to the apps list from anywhere on the Home screen.

This is a subtle touch I like. If you enter the app drawer and want to skip the multitasking menu in Android 9 Pie, swipe up anywhere on the Home screen is not a virtual bar . It is a much easier gesture than swiping farther up in the drawer. This is something to do with pixels.

  • Swipe briefly in the virtual bar to start multitasking.

If you want to preview a recently opened app, swipe up to go to the Android 9 Pie app converter. You can copy and paste text into these multitasking preview windows.

  • Swipe the two most recently used apps to the right.

If you frequently switch between two apps, you do not have to open the full multitasking view and skip between them. Instead, you can quickly move the virtual button to the right to move to another button.

The back button on Android is sometimes inconsistent and unpredictable, but when you use it, you can do it by swiping it to the left with a single push of a button.

  • One click of a button gives you access to Google Advisor.

Finally, if you want to contact us by voice or send a command to Google Assistant, you can simply press and hold the navigation bar.

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