Heading into the year's second half, we've got a handful of flagship smartphones coming up for a launch. The first of these is Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 which will be unveiled in just two days from now. Following the Note 9, Apple's 2018 iPhone will be official in September, and exactly a month later, rumors suggest that Google will unveil its Pixel 3 lineup. Now that Android P is official, we've got some more details for the Pixel 3 lineup. Take a look below to find out more.
The Google Pixel 3 And Pixel 3 XL Will Remove The Multitasking Button On Interface As Company Will Attempt To Smooth Out User Experience On The Gadgets
If there's one thing that we can say for sure, it's that a lot of folks are looking forward to Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Ever since the Mountain View company started to launch flagship smartphones under its own brand of smartphones, it's also started to take a more focused approach to software. Rear camera performance on the Pixel lineup is well-known throughout the industry and this year, Google just might top it off with something special.
However, before we get into that, there's some more news on what to expect from the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL later this year. Google started to release Android P (Pie) for Pixel users yesterday, and now the update when taken in tandem with some comments from Google's User Interface manager for Android on Pixel, EK Chung.
If you've kept up with the flow of things, Android P makes a small but crucial change to its user interface. Instead of the traditional three 'buttons' that users could use, the software update now allows for two, by removing the multitasking feature. Google's looked at the data and concluded that the multitasking button on Android is redundant. This marks for an interesting change for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
Google Will Enable Gestural Navigation By Default On Upcoming Pixel 3 And Pixel 3 XL As Google Wants New Users To Feel Comfortable With The Feature
As Apple looks to diversify its user base and incentivize folks with older iPhones to make an upgrade with the 6.1" LCD iPhone 9 (tentatively dubbed as we have no clue as to what Apple will call the smartphone), Google's also looking to take things directly up Cupertino's alley. One primary motivation behind Google's decision to remove the multitasking feature in Android P is that new users didn't get the feel of it. In comparison, the company's group studies with Android P suggest that users take up gestural navigation more easily (after having given a tutorial).
Additionally, according to Android Police, gestural navigation on future Pixels and devices that ship with Android Pie out of the box will be enabled by default. This makes sense especially if Google and its partners believe that they can convince enough Apple users to make the jump to Android. However, whether this change will be permanent without the option to revert back to using a multitasking icon isn't clear. Given Google's data, the decision to keep it does not make sense.
Finally, moving back to the 'something special' mentioned above. There's a good chance that both the Pixels (especially the Pixel 3 XL), will ship with a feature similar to 3D facial recognition. We've seen dual front cameras on both the smartphones in leaked images, and the Pixel 3 XL, in particular, has a pretty distinct notch. It'll definitely be interesting to see how Google implements this feature, especially as it's got almost all of the tools in hand software wise.
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