How Virtual Android Has Evolved Over The Last Seven Years: The Android navigation key first appeared on Android 3.0 in 2011, just for tablets. Then to Android 4 in 2012, it started appearing in more devices and of course there is a cell phone.It has been around for nearly 7 years, and Google has finally changed that key in Android P to better fit the thin bezel and the big smartphone designs of today. This will be one of the biggest changes of Android ever since, and it also shows that Google is ready for the future completely in the mobile market.
The tablet is designed for Android, which uses a very futuristic design for its operating system, and the back, home, and recent apps are located at the bottom of the screen.When using Android 3.2, the keypad is a little hard to use because the button is positioned on the left edge, difficult to use when using a hand, even when you hold the horizontal or vertical. The design of the buttons is also much more complex than the timers.
Android 4 simplifies virtual keyboards and brings it to Android 4, ready for a major change in how you interact with the now-booming Android phone. In 2012, Google Galaxy Nexus is the first phone to use this virtual key. There were still many hard-drive phones on the market, and many began to notice that the keys were taking up unnecessary space on the screen.
But there were many who liked it because it did not get in the way. when playing games and restricting mistakes.
Up to Android 5, Google continues to refresh virtual keyboards to make it softer, brighter and more modern. Google also began to reduce the discomfort of a fixed black background on the screen by allowing programmers to adjust the transparency of the navigation bar, not just at the launcher but in the app as well.At this time many applications still do not support the new navigation bar so many mods have been introduced to the ROM to manually change the color of each application.
At this point, more and more manufacturers are using the virtual key for their phones and most of them customize it to their own design. Some manufacturers have begun to allow the navigation bar to be hidden or custom buttons that appear above as the user intended.
Android 6, Android 7 And Android 8
There are not many changes to the navigation buttons compared to Android 5 except that you can call Google Now by pressing and holding the home button. At this time there are still many hard drive machines, such as Samsung with the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note.But by 2017, the Galaxy S8 will begin to switch to the virtual key after a long period of time using just the hard key, and so many of Samsung’s new phones follow this path. 2017 is also a time when a new smartphone design trend explodes.
A thin bezel and a 18:9 screen. The new design helps resolve the discomfort of the virtual key compared to the traditional 16:9 screen, but it still has not changed much in the experience and the screen is still occupied by one keystroke.
Android P (9)
Then it comes to Google to think again and start acting. Android P simplifies the navigation bar, leaving out the recent apps button and minimizing the size of the area.
More importantly Google brings a series of touch gestures similar to the iPhone X on Android: swipe to home, swipe to hold on to the multitasking interface, swipe back and forth to switch between applications.This is the first time Google has made touch gestures on Android, but third-party makers have done so for many years.
They have to customize their own gestures, there are no rules or standards to follow so the experience is not good, except Xiaomi with its new interface MIUI 9.5. So Google’s integration of gestures into Android P can change everything, and change the way hundreds of millions of people interact with their phones.