OnePlus has released a new version of its Android Oreo beta, which includes new gestures designed to make button-free navigation easier than ever.
The new beta for the OnePlus 5 and flagship OnePlus 5T borrows heavily (to put it politely) from the solution deployed by Apple’s iPhone X.
The interface dispenses with the traditional back, home, multitasking navigation buttons and replaces them with a number of different swipes.
Users can swipe up the bottom in the centre to return to the home screen, swipe up from the bottom left/right to go back, or swipe up from the centre of the screen to enter the multi-tasking screen.
OnePlus phone owners will need to enable the new gestures in settings and will be tutored on the functionality, AndroidCentral explains.
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The solution could be deployed by other Android manufactures to get rid of the virtual buttons that have hampered smartphone users for years.
Whether OnePlus rolls the gestures into the main version of Android Oreo, when the operating system comes out of beta, remains to be seen.
The beta also removes the controversial Clipboard app from the OnePlus 5 and 5T. The company recently denied allegations the app sends user data to China, but has removed it from the Oxygen OS regardless.
Earlier this week OnePlus said: “There’s been a false claim that the Clipboard app has been sending user data to a server. The code is entirely inactive in the open beta for OxygenOS , our global operating system. No user data is being sent to any server without consent in OxygenOS.”
The company is gearing up to launch the OnePlus 6 later this year, so it’ll be interesting to see whether these changes come as standard on the next flagship.
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