Google has officially released Android 9.0 Pie, and the latest operating system is now being implemented for all Google Pixel smartphones. The successor to Android Oreo comes with several upgrades, the most striking being the motion-based navigation system. However, the feature is not enabled by default when the smartphone is upgraded. Although, according to a new report in which a Google UX manager is mentioned, in Google Pixel 3 the function is the only option that users will have. According to Google, gesture navigation will not only be a standard feature in the company’s flagship but the only navigation method in the handset.
Talking to Android Central in an interview, EK Chung, UX manager for Android handheld and Pixel at Google, unveiled the company’s position on design with Android 9 Pie. He also gave some interesting details about Google’s plans for the new navigation method. He noted that the Pixel 3 setup comes with gesture navigation and that there is no option to use the standard three button layout that Android users are accustomed to. “While Pixel devices that have been upgraded from Oreo will still see their three-button navigation as standard with an option to switch to gestures, future Google phones (and any other manufacturer who wants it) will be delivered with gesture navigation only, “said Chung. as stated.
However, Google does not impose navigation features on all manufacturers. Smartphone manufacturers can use the new motion navigation feature or continue with the traditional three-button installation or even offer its navigation method.
With Android 9 Pie, Google has taken the first step to gesture-based navigation previously seen in Apple iPhone X. While the traditional three buttons are available for navigation, you can switch to a visible bar and use gestures for navigation. Swipe up once in the bar and recent open apps, then swipe up again to open the app drawer.
In particular, the launch date of the Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL has been reportedly set on 4 October. The Pixel 3 XL is expected to come with a Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with 4 GB of RAM, and let Android 9 Pie out of the box. The Pixel 3 probably also has an identical combination of hardware and software, although in a smaller package and with a lower price than the huge Pixel 3 XL. Rumor has it that the Pixel 3 comes with a 5.4-inch screen, while the Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3-inch display.
Also, the new Pixel models are likely to come with a display notch and some reversing camera sensors. It is speculated that Google also offers wireless charging support on the upcoming Pixel handsets and will offer a unique wireless dock at the launch.