Last month, Google released its next iteration of the mobile operating system, the Android P Developer Preview for Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones. The final version of the software is expected to roll out sometime in the third quarter this year. If the latest report is to be believed, Android P will bring redesigned navigation and multitasking UI.
Depending on the phone you use, the recent apps screen will be different. In case of stock Android and OnePlus’s OxygenOS, the recent apps are arranged in the vertical card system, whereas MIUI has them arranged horizontally. With Android P, the interface will have a horizontal arrangement. The apps will appear one behind the other, and not side-by-side as you see it on MIUI, 9to5Google reports.
To select an app, you will have to swipe to the left, and tap on it, and to close the app, you will have to swipe upwards. But this isn’t the only change, Google will reportedly remove the recent apps button from the navigation bar, leaving just the back button and the pill-shaped home button. To access the recent apps, users will have to swipe the home button upwards.
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The report also reveals that when on the home screen, only the home button will be visible, and the back button will disappear in a few seconds. Recently, we came across rumors hinting that Google will include gesture-based navigation for Android. And it makes complete sense as an increasing number of OEMs are now releasing smartphones with taller displays, thinner bezels and on-screen navigation buttons.
So far, Google has only released the first preview version of Android P, with the second one expected in a few weeks. But there is no word on whether this redesigned multitasking and navigation UI will be a part of second Android P Developer Preview or may arrive as a part of the final release. There are also chances wherein we may not see these changes in the final version at all.