Taiwanese electronics and smartphone maker Asus is rolling out a new update for its current flagship smartphone in the market, the Asus Zenfone 5Z. According to a report by TechPP, the company has added a new feature along with the update that brings support for gesture-based navigation. This is not the first time that we have seen gesture-based navigation coming to Android smartphones.
Smartphone manufacturers such as OnePlus, Oppo, and even Vivo have already added such options in their custom Android skins. More than smartphone makers, Google has also baked in such a feature in its latest release for its mobile operating system, Android.
As previously reported, Google is changing how the navigation works by shifting to gesture-based navigation in its latest Android 9 Pie version. For perspective, OnePlus 6, the device that Asus Zenfone 5Z is competing with, already packs such a feature in its OxygenOS software.
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Moving to the new feature, if you have an Asus Zenfone 5Z and want to give this navigation option a spin then head over to the “Navigation bar” sub-menu in the “Display” menu in Settings to enable the “Navigation gestures” option. The screen below the option gives a short tutorial about how the gestures work. According to the report, the new Over-The-Air (OTA) update comes with build number 184.108.40.206 that has been dated for August 14, 2018. If you have not received the update then don’t worry as the update is being rolled out in a staged manner. It shall reach your Zenfone 5Z in coming days.
Talking about how the feature works, it is similar to how other gesture-based navigation system work where you can navigate to the home screen by simply swiping up from the center of the bottom of the screen sends you to the home screen. Swiping up from either side, from the bottom edge of the screen will either sent you to the multi-tasking view or to the previous settings based on your settings. The report also points out that there may be a potential bug in how the gesture-based navigation works where the navigation bar stays at the bottom of the screen when the keyboard is open on any screen.