Android still has navigation problems with gestures
19.07.2019 Francis Patterson 0 Comments
And on Apple's smartphones, it has been working perfectly for two years now.
One of the main features of Apple devices is that they invariably evoke emotions – someone loves the gadgets of this brand, others hate them fiercely. And therefore, everything related to Mac, iPad, iPod, iPhone – whether it be news stories or discussions – always causes violent reactions and fierce disputes in forums or in comments to texts.
Surely such a reaction will follow on the material of Viktor Khristov from the site PhoneArena, in which he argues that Android smartphones still do not have convenient sign navigation. And this, despite the fact that the iPhone X with this feature came out almost two years ago.
What is so special about the iPhone X (as well as the XS, XR)? Why is gesturing navigation on this device so convenient and natural?
The iPhone X is the first gadget with this innovative technology. The creators of the Android-background played the role of catching up after Apple has already formed a trend.
In iPhone X, this feature is convenient and simple – just hold your finger up to get to the screen "home", or – from the corner of the screen and return to the previous tab. No need to make an effort, try to push or punch the screen, everything happens as intuitively as possible. It would seem that manufacturers of smartphones on Android just copy what is already working well with a competitor, and not try to reinvent the wheel. However, the devil is known to be in the details.
The fact is that Apple has conducted numerous studies, invested a huge amount of effort, time and money in the development of this system, used its know-how and unique technologies. For these and a number of other reasons on the iPhone X, everything works so well.
The first thing that Android users pay attention to is the response time – everything happens either too fast, or, conversely, slowly. And to set up this time is not at all as easy as it may seem to a non-professional.
On iPhone X, response time is set at an ideal level of 60 FPS. And the specialists of the company devoted a large amount of time to the delicate setting. Therefore, already in the first smartphone with such technology from Cupertin, there are no delays – everything works extremely naturally.
And there are still no analogues to the gadget that was released several years ago on the Android operating system.
You entered the application, immediately realized that you urgently needed to go to the “home” screen, and then decided to rather see the price of Bitcoin on the exchange. And manufacturers of smartphones need to consider that the interface of their devices must support such multitasking. This also applies to gesture control.
And again, Apple is on a horse – everything works as it was intended on paper for them. You calmly switch between applications, browser, enter messages with just a couple of finger movements. There are no analogs on Android.
Just one move
Multitasking and fast response times are not enough. Finger movements on the screen should not be perceived separately – instead, on the iPhone X, they are put together, into something as natural as possible. Apple engineers have ensured that the user has the impression that he slides across the display at the speed of thought. Actually, something like this actually is.
And not a single Android-background, which would give similar sensations, still does not exist in nature.
The depth and ease of multitouch
Apple conceived its gestural interface for the iPhone X in such a way that everything felt as natural as possible – a light touch opened the next tab / application, closing / opening the program was carried out with a simple short movement, without the need to carry out the entire diagonal of the screen. Involved every inch of the display. And, yes, you guessed it – Android smartphones do not have this.
Some manufacturers of gadgets on Android are trying to copy what Apple has done – for example, Huawei, Xiaomi and even Google. And the same Samsung, on the contrary, goes its own way.
Google introduced its own gestural interface back in Android 9 Pie, but it turned out to be completely awkward – so much so that even the loyal Android community criticized it. Then Google went the other way and copied Apple’s approach to Android 10. But the first beta versions of the operating system do not inspire optimism — they show that it still fails to achieve a level of accuracy, ease and the same response time as the iPhone X.
Samsung has its own proprietary gestural interface system. But it also has a lot of shortcomings – only the lower part of the screen is mainly involved, the side display elements are almost never used. In addition, there is no feeling of lightness and speed that Apple gadgets give.
As for Huawei and Xiaomi, who decided to go the same way as the Cupertine, their top smartphones with this technology have a longer delay time and cannot boast of convenient multitasking. What can we say about the devices of the average price category.
OnePlus has an almost perfect response time, but a too complex set of gestures, most of which are produced from below.
Thus, today almost all manufacturers of smartphones are trying to present their gadgets with a sign management system. But no one has yet managed to repeat the success of Apple. I want to believe that in the future the situation will change for the better.
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