there seems to be a new trend looming over the horizon and, unsurprisingly, apple is the trend setter. with smartphone screens almost fully flushed to the edges and with no room for buttons, it seems like the perfect time to reintroduce a new but not really new convention: gesture controls. although it’s not really certain google will adopt it in android p, some oems, like oneplus, seem to be headed in that direction regardless. and while gestures could make our user interfaces look fancier, they could actually make phones a bit more cumbersome to use in the long run.it’s apple’s worldlike face id, the “slide up” multitasking gesture was meant to solve a problem that was really unique to apple. ios has no navigation bar and the only way you can jump between apps was via the home button. the iphone x, however, doesn’t have a home button either, and apple would rather be caught dead than make its assistive floating home button a permanent part of the ui. so gestures it is.android has never had that problem. even when capacitive buttons became an endangered specie, the standard navigation bar stepped in to save the day. without any physical buttons at all, android phones are still easy to use and not confusing because of that standard ui. so when oems, and maybe even google, start to switch to such gesture controls, they’re really applying a solution to a non-existent problem.deja vugesture-based navigation isn’t entirely new. even before bezel-less phones where ...