Do you prefer gesture or button navigation?

Android Q brings a lot of changes to Android, one of the biggest being its navigation. In this update, Google's committing to using a fully gestural method of getting around the OS, ditching buttons entirely.

This is an unsurprising move, but it's also one that could cause for a lot of headaches. As such, it's gotten a lot of people talking in the AC forums about what kind of navigation they prefer.

I've read some other Android editors critiques of Android gesture system, I think people are being a little bit too critical of Android Q gesture system. I found ways to work around the gestures.


Swearing I'd never give up the 3 button navigation I finally gave the Gestures a try on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro followed soon after by the Mate 20 Pro and within a day I couldn't go back to 3 buttons. I've had the Pixel 3xl for about a month now with Android Q on it the whole time again using full gestures and the transition from Huawei to Google was seamless as they use identical gestures. I...


I prefer the 3 buttons but surely some day I'll get dragged kicking and screaming into the wonderful world of gestures. I will say I'm very glad I've held onto my pixel2. Long live the 3 buttons !!


Now, we'd love to hear from you. Do you prefer gesture or button navigation?

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.