Android P Will Have Gesture Controls Similar to iPhone X

Google may have inadvertently leaked a major feature of the new Android P.

It seems that Google may be doing a facepalm right about now for possibly exposing the new Android P feature in a blog post by accident.

The post, which recaps a security feature, had a screenshot of the DNS settings with a brand new-looking navigation bar. The current Android P built had a solid white back button, a circular home button and a square recent apps button. The screenshot showed a hollow back button and a pill-shaped home button. The recent apps button is missing.

The image has since been removed and replaced with a cropped version of the DNS settings. But not before eagle-eyed people were able to save it.

Rumour has it that the unfamiliar-looking bar is going to be similar to the iPhone X-style gesture navigation.

9to5Google’s Stephen Hall tells Arstechnica that it’s definitely ‘100%’ Android gesture navigation according to his sources. The back button will disappear when not needed such as when a dialog box is open.

It’s worth noting that this could possibly not make it past the development stage and Google could still change the design. If it does make it, we will probably hear about it at Google’s upcoming I/O on May 8-10.



Here’s A Sneak Peak of The New Gmail Web Interface

(Credit: TechCrunch) Gmail’s updated web interface with snooze email function

Screenshots of the actual revamped Gmail web interface have surfaced.

Yesterday, word has spread that Google is redesigning the Gmail web interface. And although the tech giant confirmed the news, they refused to give further details.

However, despite keeping the info under wraps, news agencies were able to get a hold of some juicy details. These include new features like offline support, Smart Reply and the ability to snooze emails.

Today, TechCrunch was able to acquire screenshots of the supposedly “fresh and clean” look that Google is going for.

As you can see from the image above, Google didn’t really alter anything major in terms of looks. It did however, manage to achieve a more modern feel. The text buttons have been replaced with icons and this helps make it look cleaner and less cluttered.

The image also shows the snooze feature that we heard about yesterday. Apparently, users can choose to snooze emails and have it seen “later today”, “tomorrow”, “this weekend”, “next week” or “someday”.

The revamped Gmail now features an expandable sidebar to the right which allows users to load widgets of other apps. Google Calendar, Keep (note-taking app) and Tasks are opened by default. This would be a very useful feature as you can use the apps side by side while composing/replying to an email.

Streak co-founder Aleem Mawani also told TechCrunch that popular Gmail extensions, such as Clearbit, Streak and Dropbox, will all be compatible with the new design.

Google is rolling out the new design in the “next coming weeks”.


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