Google makes it difficult for OEMs to use their own gesture navigation on Android 10

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Google had previously stated that gesture navigation would have to be available on any Android 10 smartphone. However, there was nothing to predict that developers would see the application of their own gestures limited.

9to5Google had access to documents with all the obligations that developers will have to fulfill to launch smartphones with Android 10. In one point, Google states that all devices will have to have the three classic navigation buttons or the Android 10 gestures.

Any company that wants to develop their own gestures will not have an easy life to make their users use them. Google expressly prohibits such gestures from being advertised in the smartphone setup process or otherwise.

In addition, the activation of these gestures will have to be “hidden” somewhere in the settings. An example provided by Google is that this option could be placed in the “Advanced” settings.

Google is limiting the action of its partners

These rules are a clear limitation of the action of any company that markets Android smartphones. Although the US company does not prohibit the use of third party gestures, it does not want them to be used by users.

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The motivations for this attitude are unclear, but it may have to do with greater uniformity within the users of the operating system. By using the default gestures of Android 10, switching to another device with the same operating system will be more intuitive.

Android 10 gestures can create app conflicts

On Android 10, to get back to your home screen. You should simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen. To go back, simply swipe in from one side of the screen.

It is the back gesture that may result in incompatibilities with some applications. There are apps like the Play Store that swipe left to right to open the side menu. This means that you may exit the application or go back when you simply want to open a menu.

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