Interface designer Noah Semus published on the website Medium the articlein which he presented his vision of the gestures in Android, at the same time calling current gestures suck. After reading this material with full confidence I can agree with his opinion, although this was considered gestures Android P quite a normal.
To begin to explain the ideology of gestures. Gestures allow you to combine 3 buttons into one, they help to change the user’s interaction with the system. Currently, Android has 3 buttons, each of which performs its task.
The task of the gesture — to remove layer button. In other words, to go to the desktop, the user uses a button that performs the action. The task of gesture to make the user without the button, independently performed the action. Thus we get rid of the unwanted layer to the standard navigation buttons. Why should the user press the Home button to call the animation close the application when the user himself can initiate the animation using the gesture.
From the point of view of psychology gestures clearer and more logical buttons. Shifting the window with a gesture, based on physics, the human brain expects a similar behavior of elements on the screen. In the case of buttons, the ignorant person will not understand the functions included in them. Using gestures the user directly interacts with elements on the screen, it allows you to load it into the system, to give a sense of freedom of action, the user will better understand the layers of the system.
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In Android P up gesture opens a menu of recently run apps search. In this re-swipe up brings up a menu of all applications. Noah believes that Google thus, in the future wants to abandon the desktop, and menu of recent apps should be the main system window. I agree with this position, and, in my opinion, this decision is the most correct, as it is a menu of recent applications allows, coupled with gestures to make the process of using the device maximally convenient and fast.
In the case of gestures in Android P Noah celebrates their complexity. Initially it was unclear before us buttons or gestures. Gestures in Android P to be called. We have the bottom navigation bar, and use gestures. Why the need for gestures, useful when the lower display area is still used navigation buttons? This lack of organic.
Why you need a “Back” button? You can figure out the gesture that would save the system from unnecessary buttons? Don’t need the Home button. The system does not need buttons — gestures do not involve the use of buttons.
As an example, Samus brings gestures to iPhone X, while not believing them to be perfect, but believing that they are better than those in Android P. what is a significant difference between the gestures of iOS and Android? Android swipe up opens a menu of recently run apps, and that’s fine, but the problem is the animation. In Android the animation happens linearly, without any freedom. In the case of iPhone swipe up shrinks the app window into a small icon which is placed on its place on the desktop. From the point of view of psychology this implementation is logical, it creates the sensation that the user with its gesture controls the entire process to hide the application.
Correct gestures Android
Noah believes that the implementation of the swipe up the menu of recent running apps is good, therefore, does not propose to change this gesture. The article focuses on the buttons “Home” and “Back”.
In the case of “Home,” the author offered a gesture of “Up and to the left”:
This will allow to get rid of the Home button. Thus we set the position of the last menu of running applications in the system — it is located to the left of the desktop, as a gesture of “Up and to the left” in this case would be logical. If the user scrolls through long menus of recent running apps and it appears in the leftmost point, it will be possible to quickly swapnote left, which instantly takes the user to the desktop.
The main task of the gesture “Up and left” to create the sensation that the user himself controls the process of transition to the desktop, and not use the buttons that perform the action for him. We wrote about it in the beginning of the article.
Not like Noah and slider scrolling menu of recently run apps. A slider has replaced double-clicking the Home button, which allows you to switch between the last two running applications.
The author has decided this question quite interesting — swipe “Up and right”. This will allow you to switch between the last applications like flipping through them:
Now a little about the “Back” button. The essence of the gesture “Up”? Noah decided to make this gesture to exit the system. That is, gestures “Up and to the left” and “Up and right” will take the user to the system Windows. Thus, the action of “Back” he decided to ask the gesture “Right” on the navigation bar.
This action is logical, as we switch between internal Windows of the application, and there is no need to move to the system menu, that is a gesture “Up” (and previously, we had determined its purpose) would be illogical and wrong, as we are in the application window, not in the system.
In my opinion, such a vision of the gestures in Android P it is extremely convenient. I hope Noah can get a job in Google. What do you think? Share your opinion in the Telegram chat or in the comments below.