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OnePlus Oreo beta takes inspiration from iPhone X gestures

by Brandon Russell | January 30, 2018January 30, 2018 1:30 pm PST

The iPhone X’s elegant navigation gestures might become the preferred method by some of Android’s top manufacturers. Look no further than the OnePlus 5T, which now features gestures that ere closely to what Apple introduced with its iPhone X.

According to Reddit user MisterMrMister, via The Verge, the latest Android Oreo beta for the OnePlus 5T prioritizes navigation gestures over software buttons.

The full change log for the newest Oreo beta was detailed by OnePlus earlier today. The pertinent bit is under System:

Added new Navigation gestures that you can enable by going into settings and disabling the nav bar.

MisterMrMister recorded what these new navigation gestures look like in action. It’s a little difficult to decipher what’s going on, as there doesn’t appear to be any onscreen nav bar, but MisterMrMister shows what it’s like to launch an app, open multitasking, and bring down the notification tray.

The iPhone X relies exclusively on navigation gestures since ditching the home button. Now that the OnePlus 5T no longer has a home button, the company is exploring similar ways to navigate the device in lieu of using Android’s familiar software buttons.

In a response to a question about the OnePlus 5T’s new gestures, MisterMrMister says, “The gesture for going home is pretty smooth and responsive, including going to the recent app overview.”

Once Android Oreo is officially released for the OnePlus 5T we’ll bring you impressions on the new gestures.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.

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