With the release of the iPhone X last year. Apple created a complete new system navigation system without using physical buttons at all. Prior to this, some Android manufacturers have already experimented in this field. But after the move, the Cupertino players began to move in a more or less unified direction. The release of Android 9 Pie has led to even more standardization. Even in beta, it became known that the gestures will be a great emphasis. And now it’s time to compare the approaches of the two giants.


For iOS, the home screen has been a tradition since the first versions of the OS. While Android has long paid attention to the application menu. But now it likewise relies on the desktop as a central panel for working with a smartphone.

To return home from any application in iOS, you need to make a small swipe from the bottom of the screen. And on Android, tap the central button. Despite the fact that the last gesture may seem intuitively simpler. The fact that the rest are focused more on svaypah and scrolls, rather than on single tapas makes it so that Apple’s approach is more familiar. You seem to be brushing the application off the screen, which is quite natural.

iOS & Android

From the point of view of animation when the program is minimized, then everything is subjective. Someone will like the naturalistic concealment in an icon on iOS, someone will fade in the lower part.

Latest Applications

Both on iOS and Android, there are suspiciously similar gestures for opening a section with the latest programs. In the first case, you need to pull from the bottom of the screen and hold your finger for an extra fraction of a second. After the vibration of the program in the form of cards will appear on the screen, and the finger can be removed.

On Android for a long time there was a separate button to call this section of the system. Now used the same swipe from the bottom. The difficulty is that making a little more movement, you will open the application menu. Have to get used to. Clearly, Google’s approach is less intuitive.

iOS & Android

Fast application switching

Previously, in Android, in order to return to the previous program, you had to tap the last programs button twice. Now the approach is different. You just need to make a horizontal svayp from the button “Home” to the right. If you repeat the gesture, the previous program will return. That is, switching occurs between two applications.

On iOS, the gesture is similar, but the principle of operation is different. By making a gesture to the right at the bottom of the screen, you will switch to the previous program. If you continue swipe, then programs that were active before will open. Swipe to the left, in turn, will take you back a step. But Android also has the ability to access not one, but several programs. To do this, after swiping you need to briefly hold your finger, and the screen will turn into a carousel of programs. It remains only to choose the right one.


On iOS, to return to the previous window, you must either make a gesture from the left side of the screen, or use the button in the application itself – developers often add such. On Android 9, nothing has changed compared to previous generations. For this is responsible one button to the left of the button “Home”.

It may seem that the approach initially promoted by Google, in which actions are performed using standard and immutable buttons was simple and intuitive to everyone, but the tendency to make screens bigger and more informative clearly makes it clear that to occupy a number of separate buttons is a clear contradiction.

iOS & Android

Who has better gestures?

The fact that Apple has chosen a new way of interacting with the system and the fact that Android has repeated it, says that it is the future.

At the time, while Android 9 Pie is just experimenting with gestures, Apple experimented with them even at the testing stage of iOS 11, and now all users of the Cupertino OS have a clear understanding of how to work with the system. It does not seem intuitive at first glance, but all gestures are created in a single manner. And almost certainly, for several more years, the company will only develop and improve this system, and not invent something new. In the case of Android, the option is not excluded that already in the Q version some other method of control will appear, or Google will alter its approach altogether.


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