Buttons (either capacitive or mechanicel) are good. Gestures (if done right) are good.
There is one thing that is obviously evil: on-screen buttons. They steal our screen estate, they require additional swipe for activation in full-screen apps. They give false positives when swype typing. If the gestures will kill them, I'm all in for the gestures.
Bring back the D-Pad at the bottom for precision fast forwarding in vids, adjust equaliser and gaming.
LG Superfan, 20 May 2018HW keys dont block screen content at all and imo OS should have both keys (SW or HW) for basic... moreThat seems messy af.. And with making bezels small, gestures is the way forward.
Gesture will always win. Sad to see Google steal the good stuff right from BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry DID IT FIRST
vrvly, 20 May 2018Hw or sw keys makes no difference, as it blocks possible screen content, with slight differenc... moreHW keys dont block screen content at all and imo OS should have both keys (SW or HW) for basic navigation and gestures for something little complex like swipe up on recent keys to jump to multi window etc
Anonymous, 20 May 2018Buttons, because phone gestures interfere with app gestures or app content sometimes, it's imp... moreIts actually so simple to differentiate. I'm sure even you could think of it. While they could not...
Anonymous, 20 May 2018Android P will fail like Windows 8.
I am sure Q will be like O ... They will fix this mess. It's more of an alternate.
In terms of upgrade:
Lollipop - big
Marshmallow - small
Nougat - quite big (due to split screen multitasking)
Oreo - small
P (Idk the name) - seems big (because of new gesture-based actions)
If history isn't wrong, it will be the same thing for future versions of Android.
Alien , 20 May 2018I've been using gesture controls on android for at least 6 years now. First with Go Launcher a... moreWell.. Technically iOS copied from PalmOS.. Android copied from iOS.. Bcz gestures weren't built in as a feature of Android. Not that I care.. ;)
Buttons, because phone gestures interfere with app gestures or app content sometimes, it's impractical to only have gestures for everything.
I have an old Nokia N9 that was all swipe, no home button. And it was very intuitive to use. I miss that Meego system. Gestures only can work great. It just depends on how "natural" it feels to the user.
Steering a bit away from the topic, but still related to it...
- I think it'd still be a better solution than the notch.
I dont mind gesture-based navigation as long as it's quick and intuitive.
LG Superfan, 20 May 2018If the gestures are nice and fluid its great to use them and feels better than buttons (on scr... moreHw or sw keys makes no difference, as it blocks possible screen content, with slight difference - that you can change sw ones and you can hide them. But to use them again you got to slide from the edge anyway, so why not use it from the start...
Also difference between tapping and sliding is big, its like doing a simple move for which you would need to tap multiple times. It may be not so great now, but surely will be in future and apple went and started new trend again.
Would welcome such thing even in tablets, be it on ios, android or windows.
Gestures is a good idea especially it work very very well on the nokia n9 and blackberry 10
Android P will fail like Windows 8.
I am sure Q will be like O ... They will fix this mess.
This poll is misleading. It should be keys vs gestures, not hardware keys vs gestures. I personally love keys - soft keys not the ugly hardware keys.
According to gigantism mod! Gestures is good solution IMO, combination of both is really great solution in beautiful Sunday..
If the gestures are nice and fluid its great to use them and feels better than buttons (on screen and hardware) I used my friends iPhone X and wished google brought those nice and fluid gestures to android, the one coming to android P dont seem as nice as iOS especially app drawer gesture and that back buttons looks odd with those gestures
Buttons have there own importance especially for those non tech savvy peoples I mean just imagine explaning an elder person to swipe up for recent apps and then swipe up again to see the app drawer
Trump Fan 1980, 20 May 2018 Having a dedicated camera button rocks. I was just thinking about remapping a certain Bixby b... moreYou can go with a Xperia instead. You don't have to suffer that much only to have a feature that's supposed to be implemented by every single OEM in the first place.
And I can't see the Bixby button being a good shutter key, because when you put the phone in landscape mode, it's usually the right-side buttons that will be on the top, so the Bixby button would be on the bottom when in landscape, making it an awkward thing to use for taking pictures.
Well, I don't recommend using it either. Clicking it introduces some minor shake that can still affect the image quality.