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

Google's transition from the traditional Android three-button navigation to the switch to the gestures in Pixel 3 was a bit harsh. Google seems to be solving things and improving the gestures of Pixel for Android Q, but other companies have already found better approaches. Motorola probably has nailed the best so far.

The "one-button navigation" introduced with the Moto Z3 Play is also available on many of the company's phones launched since then, including the new Moto G7, G7 Power and G7 Play. You may not think there is a good reason to make gestures; It does not necessarily add to the experience of using your device or facilitates anything. But at least in the case of Motorola, it makes sense, it's easy to remember and it's consistent . (As Google is not, sometimes I can not open the drawer of the application by sliding my Pixel 3 XL).

Here's how to test Moto's gestures:

  • First, enable one-button navigation from the Moto App.

Out of the box, the Moto G7 and other recent phones from Motorola come with the usual three virtual buttons. To use gesture navigation instead, simply open the Moto application that comes pre-installed on your phone and activate navigation with a single button. Once you do it, you will be guided through a quick tutorial of all sweep actions and what they do.

  • To go home, touch the bar at the bottom of the screen.

This is undoubtedly the easiest. The navigation bar is where the start icon will normally appear, so it makes sense that touching it once does exactly what the start icon would do.

  • Scroll from anywhere on the home screen to access your application list.

This is a subtle touch that I really like. If you want to directly access the application drawer and skip the Android 9 Pie multitasking menu, simply slide it up from anywhere on the home screen that is not the virtual bar. It's a much easier gesture than having to slide the drawer up, which is what you have to do in a pixel.

  • Make a small slide from the virtual bar to enter multitasking.

If you want a preview of the applications that you have recently opened, simply swipe up and you will be taken to the Android 9 Pie app switch. Remember that text can be copied and pasted between these multitasking preview windows.

  • Swipe right to toggle between your two most recently used apps.

If you are in a situation where you frequently switch between two applications, you do not have to open the full multitasking view to jump between them. Instead, just give a quick direct move to the virtual button and it will move from one to the other.

The Android backspace button can be a bit inconsistent and unpredictable in terms of what it will do sometimes, but if you use it often, you can perform that action by sliding left on the navigation bar with a single button.

  • Press and hold the one-button navigation bar to access Google Assistant.

Finally, if you want to ask Google something with your voice or give a command to Google Assistant, you can reach it simply by holding down the navigation bar.

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