MIUI 9 beta brings iPhone X-like gestures to certain Xiaomi models

A beta version of Xiaomi’s MIUI 9 user interface reveals a number of gestures similar to the ones being used to navigate the Apple iPhone X. For example, with the MIUI 9 beta, swiping up from the bottom of the screen to the top takes you home. Want to see your recent apps? Swipe from the bottom toward the top, pause for a moment, and you will see which apps you are still open. Swiping from the left or right of the screen to the middle will bring you to the previous page.

The beta is available for those carrying the Xiaomi Mi Mix, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and the Xiaomi Redmi …


The reason for those smooth iPhone X gestures? 120Hz touch input sampling

Before actually getting to use the iPhone X last week, we were a bit on the fence about its new gesture-based navigation of swiping up, holding, or flipping through recent apps. Could these really replace the simple act of tapping the legacy home key? 

Our worries, it turned out during the review process, were in vain. Not only are the gestures very intuitive, and easy to become second nature, but also the sheer responsiveness of the display while executing those made us wonder what could be behind the smooth operation. We din’t encounter a …

How to use Apple's iPhone X: tips, tricks and a quick guide to all new gestures and shortcuts

The new $1,000 iPhone X is real and it’s official, and… it comes with no home button.
This is the future: an edge-to-edge, nearly bezel-less design that features a prominent cutout at the top, and an iPhone that is operated by gestures more than ever before.

So… how do you use the button-less new iPhone X?

There are a few main gestures that you need to learn in order to get started using an iPhone X. All of them are very intuitive and easy to learn, so it should only take a few moments to get used …

How to make use of OnePlus 5's nifty screen gestures

With all the customization options present on the OnePlus 5, it will really be a shame not to make use of all the neat software goodies that OnePlus has plastered all over its latest phone.
One of the most useful, yet often overlooked features you can make use of on your OnePlus 5, are the on-board gestures functionalities. Yeah, it’s not a groundbreaking featurette but new adopters of the OnePlus 5 should absolutely know about.
So, how do you enable and manage these neat little features, and more importantly, should you? We think …

Here's how to enable or disable fingerprint gestures on the Galaxy S8 and S8+

One thing that’s true for both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ is that they are rather tall phones that definitely require some getting used to. Placing the fingerprint scanner that high definitely does not help with the overall usability of the phone.
As a saving grace, Samsung has thrown in a bunch of usability features that make handling the galaxy S8 and S8+ a bit easier. One of our favorite ones lets you swipe down the fingerprint scanner at the back in order to bring down the notification and quick toggles shade. This potentially saves your thumbs from painfully …

Why fingerprint gestures should become the norm for all smartphones

Last year, alongside the great influx of smartphones equipped with fingerprint scanners in all price ranges, a new trend emerged in the Android world, which, albeit on a small-scale still, is something that should turn into a mainstay of all smartphones.

The ever increasing screen sizes necessitate an alternative to the current input method — that is, tapping a touchscreen — that facilitates the user experience by making it easier to reach certain areas, and perform actions on a large display, without having to reach unnecessarily far or use a second hand.

2016 …

Gestures used with the fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ will open and close apps?

According to what is alleged to be the settings page on the Samsung Galaxy S8, the fingerprint scanner will support gestures that will open and close apps. While the page itself is in Spanish, running the words through Google Translate results in something interesting. Under the heading “Gestos para sensor de huella” (Gestures for the fingerprint sensor), it reads “abir y cerrar aplicaciones y funciones con el sensor huella digitales.” Translated, it reads “Open and close applications and functions with the fingerprint sensor.” And there is a toggle switch right next to the sentence that allows …

Google releases an Android Nougat 7.1.2 beta 2 update, Nexus 6P finally gets fingerprint scanner gestures

Google today started rolling out an Android 7.1.2 beta 2 software update to select devices, including the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus Player.

To be clear, this new Nougat update (build number NPG47I) is only reaching folks enrolled in the Android Beta Program, since it’s a beta. Nevertheless, a stable, final release of Android 7.1.2 should be available to everyone in the near future, possibly in a few weeks’ time. Google previously mentioned that this would be an “incremental maintenance release focused on refinements”, including “bug fixes and optimizations, …

Android 7.1.2 brings fingerprint gestures over to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P likely to follow

Two days ago, Google announced that a new maintenance update for Android Nougat is rolling out to Pixel and Nexus 5X owners participating in the Android Beta program. The developer preview is currently available only to owners of the aforementioned devices, although a version for the Nexus 6P is expected to follow soon.

According to Google, Android 7.1.2 is an “incremental maintenance update focused on polishing and refinements,” but Nexus 5X owners who have installed it on their phones are now reporting that a cool new feature has popped up in Settings …