It looks like Android won’t stop copying iOS anytime soon. In an Android developers blog post, Google accidentally disclosed the screenshot of a new navigation bar, which no longer includes a multitasking button. Instead, it only contains a back button and an iPhone X-style strip.
Although there was no hint in the image on how to multitask, 9to5Google reported that Google was testing a new navigation bar for the upcoming Android P similar to the iPhone X, where an upward swipe would trigger multitasking. The pill-like button may work as an identifier to swipe up for home, which is still not clear. Google swiftly removed the screenshot, but thanks to Ars Technica, which screenshotted it and created a comparison between the iPhone X’s gesture bar, Google’s screenshot, and the current Android navigation bar.
With the Android P update, Google is fully supporting screen notches, just like iPhone X. so, if the screenshot turns out to be accurate, gesture bars are coming too. And to make a better use of bezel-less displays, a gesture-powered navigation bar would definitely be a better choice for the Android developers. We are hoping to hear a lot more about Android P and this new gesture bar navigation next month at Google’s I/O developer conference.