Google is testing a new navigation bar for Android P that looks similar to Apple’s new gesture and UI on the iPhone X. Google accidentally revealed the new navigation bar in an Android developers blog post cached copy, and the company removed a screenshot it posted of it in action. The new navigation bar no longer includes a multitasking button, and the center home button looks far smaller and pill-shaped.
As seen in the image, this new navigation bar no longer has a multitasking button and the center button is now pill shaped. 9to5Google reports that the new implementation will use a swipe up gesture to reveal the multitasking UI.
Google is only testing this navigation bar right now, and the company has previously tested other navigation bar changes in past Android versions without ever shipping them. Still, Google is fully supporting screen notches like the iPhone X or Essential Phone with its Android P update, and a new gesture-powered navigation bar would certainly make it easier for Android developers to make better use of bezel-less displays. We’re expecting to hear a lot more about Android P at Google’s I/O developer conference next month.