Phone Review

iPhone vs. Android Gestures: Which One is The Best of Two?

Written by Asif Aslam

Well, when Apple introduced their revolutionary iPhone X in the year 2017, the world just stared at its beauty. Boasting of a notch design and complete bezel-less, well the same trend is on a continuation from that specific year. From that year, the debate of Android Gestures vs. iPhone Gestures seems to be an unending one.

Since, both the operating systems have their very own set of pros and cons, distinguishing seem a steep task.

Hence, for your understanding and let you know a clear difference between iPhone vs. Android Gesture, let us move ahead and discover the same.

iPhone vs. Android Gestures: The Best From the Two?

Home

iOS gestures

 

In case if you don’t know, both Apple and Android make use of Home screens as their central location. Hence, from the home screen, you can launch your wishful applications, at a glance.

Now, for iOS, you will need to short swipe up from the bottom while on Android 9 Pie, you will need to press an onscreen button.

To be honest, I used the iPhone XS for several weeks and found its gesture controls far more easy and convenient.

Hence, as we compare it with the Android Home Button, iPhone’s swipe motion gesture seems to be a pretty good option.

Android Gestures

However, still, some people like Android’s on-screen animation a bit more. As and when you will tap on the home screen button, the app converts into a card and slides away from the bottom.

While I can understand people have their own set of preferences, I depend on you, which one you like the very most.

Recent

Android Gestures

In an attempt to allow users to access the previously opened apps, both Android, as well as iOS, gives recent menu option.

After the arrival of gestures, the way people accessed this option changed to a massive extent.

First of all, in iOS, the recent menu gesture is located on the very top of the Home Gesture. Further, swiping up from the bottom, users will have to hold for a second to get an access to recent apps.

Hence, with this, users can take a look at their recent apps and close them, as per their convenience.

On the other hand, in Android Gestures, the dedicated Recent button has been removed on the Android 9 Pie.

Android Gestures

Hence, here a small swipe-up home button is kept in its place. Whereas, a small swipe up helps to open the app drawer.

From my personal view, the recent menu gesture on iOS felt more on the natural side.

With Android Gestures, I found it similar to the iOS but it’s much different than to just hit the home button.

While both operating systems make use of the pill-shaped icon, accessing recent apps has been so easy, trust me.

Quick App Switcher

Android Gestures

In the previous versions of Android, just by double tapping on the recent button, you could easily jump from app to app.

However, Google has removed that option and have made use of a new gesture control.

More on the happier side, Apple too uses the same gesture control which is truly an amazing thing.

On Android 9 pie, you can see unused space right located just right of the home screen.

Android Gestures

As per my view, I call it the gesture area which is a lot more convenient.

In case, if you are on the home screen or within an app, you can swipe the home button straight to the gesture area.

Hence, as you are doing this, Android will bring the most used recent apps with which, you can quickly switch from one app to another.

On the contrary in iOS, the quick app switcher makes use of the gesture area at the bottom of the screen.

Hence, here, you can swipe right and a recent running app will pop up and you can do this, for every other app.

In my personal opinion, each app adds an extra functionality whereas, for iOS, you can swipe back to the left after the initial gesture.

Hence, with this, you can quickly hover around different apps whereas accessing becomes buttery smooth.

On the other hand, in Android, if you are holding the pill while swiping, it is easy but not loved by many.

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Back

Android Gestures

Finally, we have come down towards the Back Option and see how both the operating systems behave.

First of all, in iOS, some apps do offer back buttons either on the top position or at the bottom one.

Now, even if these buttons are present, you can easily swipe inward and move a step backward with ease.

Android Gestures

On Android 9 Pie, you get to see nothing very much significant. Here, if you want to go back, you can tap on the back button, as simple as that.

iPhone vs. Android Gestures: The Best From the Two?

Android Gestures

credits: Android Authority

Well, being a long-time Android user, I have loved the three button navigation to the core. Yes, it makes navigating faster and you can access different apps with great ease.

But, as the time has changed, Google is now moving towards a gesture-based approach and is implementing the same, with pace.

On the other hand, iPhone gestures have always been far fancier and truly a convenient one.

With just swiping, you get to access any app, move on to recent apps and expand your performance, to indefinite heights.

Hence, if you will ask me which one is the best one between Android Gestures & iOS Gestures, I will lean onto the iOS one.

I mean, yes, Apple has done a superb job and is learning and changing with time. Hence, with Android Gestures being on a learning curve, they will soon introduce some cool gestures, for sure.

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About the author

Asif Aslam

Hello Folks... Myself Asif Aslam, a Tech Savy and an Engineer by Profession. I love writing tech articles and do immense research to bring to you, "THE BEST ARTICLES", everytime you visit.
I Hope you gain a great amount of knowledge from my articles, learn and evolve yourself with time.
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