Android Pie Gets Gesture Control

Android Pie Gets Gesture Control

Dennis Snider

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The latest iteration of the Android OS, Pie, offers users a modified interface, a screenshot option, and the ability to navigate without the need for on-screen buttons.

Users can now use simple gestures to perform basic tasks such as switching between apps, closing apps or opening the app collection.

Before you start waving your arms around, you’ll need to activate the feature.

To enable gesture control, complete the following steps:

Settings> System> Gestures> Swipe up on Home button.

Once this feature is enabled, the three buttons on the bottom of the screen will vanish, giving way to a single button that features a very small back arrow.

Now you can get started.

Be warned: These gestures do take some practice, and not everyone will be a fan. However, if you want to try, here is an overview of the basics.

• To return to the home screen or go back: Simply tap the home button. If you hold it for a longer period of time, Google Assistant will appear and the back button will function as normal.

•App drawer: If you want to access your apps collection, just swipe up the middle of the screen from the bottom. You can initiate this action from anywhere close to the bottom of the screen; you don’t need to hit the home button.

• App switching: If you want to switch between apps, simply flick the home button to the right.

• Scroll through recently-used apps: As opposed to being stacked vertically, recently used apps are not stacked horizontally. You can simply swipe right or move the home button to the right. If you swipe the home button to the right and hold it in place, you will continue scrolling through the available apps. Simply move the home button to the left to return to the standard view.

•Force apps to close: To close apps, simply go to the App Switcher and swipe through the cards until you find the app you want to close.
go to the App Switcher and swipe through the cards until you find the app you want to close.

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