It’s Time to Stop Using Three-Button Navigation on Android
Justin Duino / How-To Geek
Following in the steps of the iPhone, Google added gesture-based navigation to Android in 2018. It’s been a while since then, yet many people still cling to the old three-button navigation system. Allow me to make the case for gestures.
A big reason why so many people still use three-button navigation is Samsung. Despite Galaxy devices having gesture navigation built-in, Samsung defaults to three-button out of the box. You have to manually switch to gestures yourself—not everyone will know they can do that.
More Screen Real Estate
Let’s start with the most obvious argument: screen real estate. One of the reasons why gesture navigation was created was to allow for more room on the screen for content. Simply put, by removing the navigation bar, you get more screen space for other things.
Admittedly, this isn’t a huge deal, especially since so many Android phones already have large displays. However, it does make a noticeable difference. As you can see in the screenshots above, the navigation bar blocks an…
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