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Google Pixel 3 To Only Feature Gesture Controls

Following the launch of Android Pie, recent reports claim Google’s Pixel 3 smartphone will ditch traditional software ‘buttons’ (e.g. back, home) in favour of new gesture-based controls.

Android 9 Pie features Google’s first ever gesture-based navigation system, with compatible Android phones able to swap between gesture and traditional ‘button’ controls after updating.

By contrast, latest reports reveal Google’s Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones will lose traditional navigation buttons, forcing users to adopt gesture navigation.

As previously reported, Google’s forthcoming Pixel 3 and 3 XL are tipped to launch on October 4th, alongside next generation ‘Pixel Buds’ headphones.

According to Android Central, the new Pixel phones will focus on gesture navigation, bar the centre ‘pill’ and a back button, which only appears when necessary.

Google claims to have retired its ‘multitasking button’ because too few Pixel consumers were using the feature regularly.

The new gesture system reportedly received rave consumer feedback in initial testing, especially when jumping between apps by sliding the centre ‘pill’ to the right.

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