Google shows off Android P's gesture navigation, quickly deletes image

Google shows off Android P's gesture navigation, quickly deletes image

Google shows off Android P's gesture navigation, quickly deletes image

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Given the order of the alphabet, it came a no surprise that the name of the successor to Android Oreo was going start with the letter P. Until now it has simply been referred to as Android P, but now Google may have given away what the full name will be.

In a wholly unrelated post about network security improvements in P from the Android Developers Blog, a screenshot today reveals a new navigation bar layout that is completely different from what is now on Android 8.1 Oreo.

Where did the recent button go?

One of the tech industry's most wholesome traditions is Google's naming of each new Android version after a "sweet treat".

According to Stephan Hall from 9to5Google (h/t ArsTechnica), it's '100%' gesture navigation. That screenshot has since been taken down, but we have saved the image because it contains a revamped navigation bar that hints at iPhone X style navigation gestures.

It was the disappearance of the back button. So in the blog theme someone from the technical support of the Corporation of the user P to Android "leaked" a new feature which should appear in upcoming versions of the OS. It shows the new navigation bar and its features.

It's not too long until we should know the name for sure.

Though a variety of Android manufacturers have implemented navigation gestures over the years, Google might be considering the move in stock Android in response to the iPhone X and ever-shrinking bezels.

"We focused on creating a user-friendly mobile browser based on feedback and new technologies", said Kim Hyo, a Naver official.

For the past two years, SRL researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell have analyzed the content of the security updates delivered by today's biggest Android OEMs. But as someone who's been fond of gesture navigation since the Palm Pre, I'd be happy to see it return as an optional configuration.

I/O is now less than a month away, so the answer to this sweet mystery may not be far off being solved.

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