With just over two weeks to go until the confirmed launch date of the OnePlus 6T, more features are being strategically revealed by OnePlus. The latest news is that the user interface will be picking up new gesture features.
Details about the changes to OxygenOS have been written up by OnePlus in the official forums. As well as the (almost mandatory) mentions of increased speed, faster interface, smoother transitions and efficient use of resources, additional gestures to access the core Android features have been described:
Whenever you swipe up in an app, the application window will follow your finger, making for a more natural experience. It’s also faster in two ways: with a quick flick from the bottom of the screen towards the right of your screen, you can change between 2 recently used apps. As there’s no navigation bar when using gestures, users weren’t able to double-tap the “recents” button to quickly switch between apps. This new gesture provides a quick and easy substitute.
As modern smartphone design moves towards nothing more than a sheet of glass with no buttons and no physical ports, gestures are going to become a critical part of the software. Which means there’s a danger that Android’s UI could fragment over interfaces as manufacturers look to stand out from the crowd, and that fragmentation means that many will see the iOS gestures as the ‘original’ implementation.
But wait a moment, those with long memories will be picking up the echoes of the Linux-based MeeGo OS developed by Nokia for the N9, and the Mer-based Sailfish OS from Jolla, especially in the swipe up to access applications.
In the short-term, the OnePlus 6T will be seen as an innovator with the increased gestures on show. That comes on top of one of the first mass-market in-display fingerprint readers. It’s already clear that OnePlus is pushing the hardware side of things, this week shows the same goal for its software.
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