Between so many excellent parts of the iPhone X, it is hard to decide which one is the best. While one group says it’s the camera, other says it’s the display but those that analyze a little more than the rest will undoubtedly say it’s the iPhone X gestures interface.
They replaced the Home button completely so long-term users might not properly appreciate them only because of that. However, it is very important to note that although the Home button is gone, all of its functions are there. In fact, the new interface replaced it in a better, faster, natural and more initiative way. It makes the interactions very fun and generally improves the user experience.
Many consumers that were skeptical at the beginning and thought they couldn’t get used to an iPhone without the Home button changed their opinion shortly after. They even express a delight with the new way of operating their smartphone and wouldn’t add a Home button to their iPhone 10 anymore. In fact, the number of positive comments on the iPhone X gestures overwhelmed the Internet! This brings another potential situation in the future – all the smartphones copying them. That includes the Android phones.
iPhone X gestures on the Android phone
First Android phone to start copying iPhone X gestures is the OnePlus 5T. This phone uses the same gestures as iPhone X and that is one of the reasons why we even heard more about it. It is not certain whether the companies will follow this example and introduce the same mechanism to their consumers but the odds are that it will happen and sooner than we think.
If you happen to own or have the OnePlus 5T near you, try it out! Install the Oxygen OS beta, enable it and you will be able to use it the same way you use your iPhone X. Go home by swiping up in the middle of the screen. After swiping hold your fingertip at one spot and summon the recent apps switcher. By swiping up, right or left you will go one screen back. You will see all the content on your screen without a Home or virtual button disturbing you. You might experience some bugs or Android incompatibility appearing in the form of pop-up but this is only a beta version so we can’t be so strict. The point is that Android phones started to adopt this technology as well. That means that the tech world might have some major upcoming changes.
If you do try out these gestures on the 5T, you will notice the difference between the gestures on 5T and iPhone X, obviously. Apple mastered them. They are smoother and probably took much longer to create.
The death of front side hardware buttons
Less and less Android phones have hardware buttons located at the front of the devices. This trend is most likely going to continue in 2018. Every phone with a 16:9 display will probably receive very bad reactions and people will consider as outdated even if it’s brand new. Taking that into consideration, Android smartphone companies should seriously consider introducing the iPhone X gestures into all of their new devices. They are already called out for starting to copy iPhone X notch. Doing the same with the iPhone X gesture shouldn’t make a big problem if it’s for a good cause. User experience is what matters the most, after all, and these gestures would improve it incredibly.
Here are the essential iPhone X gestures and how to use them:
Wake and Sleep
Tap your display or press the side button to wake your phone. You can also enable Raise to Wake option, which will accelerate the Face ID identification process.
While you are setting up your iPhone X, simply enable Face ID. Using a standard passcode also works if you don’t want to use Face ID.
Press and hold the side button and volume up or down button. A slide will appear on your screen, drag it from left to right side.
As we all already know, there is no Home button on iPhone X. To go home, instead, swipe up from the bottom of your screen.
If you can’t reach all the corners of the iPhone X screen, you can use Reachability. It is very easy to enable and makes the user experience much enjoyable. Go to Settings, enable this function and swipe downwards at the screen bottom. Your screen will then drop, making it easier to operate.
You can switch apps by swiping up the same way you do when you’re going to the home screen. This time, stop in the middle of your screen. A different set of apps will appear and that’s when you can tap the one you are switching to.
Tap and hold the bottom right or left side of your display. Then, move your finger from one side to another in an arc. This way, you will cycle quickly through your open apps.
Switching between recent apps
Swipe the gesture bar placed at the bottom of your screen to the right and left. It will switch between your previous and current app.
Control Center used to be at the very bottom of the iPhone screen. However, now it’s placed on the opposite side – top screen. More precisely, the right side next to the iPhone X notch. Swipe down and the Control Center tab will appear.
The left side of the notch contains notifications. Swipe down and the tab with all of your notifications will appear.
To summon Siri, you need to press and hold shortly the side button. Another way to make it easily accessible is to enable its appearance by saying “Hey Siri” in your Settings.
To open Apple Pay, click the side button twice. Face ID will then proceed to your identification. Make sure the camera is placed in the right range and can scan your face fast and confirm the payment.
Press the side button and volume up button simultaneously to take screenshots.
Press and then release the volume up button. Then, press and release the volume down button as well. Lastly, press and hold the side button. Apple logo will appear and your iPhone X will reboot.