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Gesture Navigation Coming to Chrome on Android

Nov 30, 2018
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We have great news regarding gesture navigation, which is soon going to be coming to Chrome for Android. The new gesture navigation is similar to what you might experience on Safari over on the iOS mobile platform. Safari has had pretty quick navigation gestures for some time now, which are very intuitive and reliable.

With Safari on iOS, you can go back a page or forward just by swiping either right or left. Those same intuitive gesture navigation features are about to be a part of Google Chrome on Android. Read on to learn more about the new features and when you might see them coming to the Chrome browser on Android.

Gesture Navigation Feature Coming Soon to Android Google Chrome

We are very happy that Google has decided to add the gesture navigation to Google Chrome on Android. The gesture navigation feature is very helpful and has worked well on iOS through the Safari web browser. Just swiping right or left allows you to either go forward one page or go backward one page.

This feature allows you to surf the web much quicker and also allows you to quickly get back to a page you need to re-read for more information. It seems Android is finally going to be getting the ability to just swipe right or left to enhance navigation within Chrome.

It will still be some time before we actually see the gesture navigation feature on Google Chrome for Android. The new feature was just added to the source code management on Chromium. Right now, this feature is considered to be a work-in-progress. You will be able to overscroll to the right or to the left in order to move forward or backward.

We might see the gesture navigation land on the Chrome Canary app on Android within a few weeks. It likely will be a few more weeks before the testing begins. You will then likely have to wait a few weeks at least after that before it lands on the stable Chrome app on Android.

Navigation Gesture Addition Allows Android Google Chrome to be Similar to iOS Safari Browser

When you begin to overscroll, you will notice how easily it is to move through your Chrome history. You can go right to move forward or go left to go back a page on the Chrome browser. There has already been a pull to refresh option added to Google Chrome on Android in the past. This is a vertical pull to refresh option, but the new navigation gestures will be horizontal. All of these navigation gestures will end up looking like and working like the ones found on Chrome OS.

After the new navigation gestures come to Chrome on Android, you will still need to enable it using the flag. We also know that there will be quite a bit of testing going on for the navigation gestures, so we do not expect a stable release for a while. One thing that has to be continuously tested is making sure that the gestures are mobile-friendly. This includes ensuring things such as opening a menu and changing pictures within your gallery with ease. Native pages also have to be tested to ensure they work with the navigation gesture.

Are You Excited for New Gesture Navigation in Google Chrome on Android?

We know that some touch gestures have been around in Chrome on Android for a while now. The old gestures included things such as just swiping on the address bar. If you do this, then you will be able to change tabs very quickly. Adding in the new back and forward swipe options is going to make life a lot easier for many people.

Not only will it make your life easier, but it will also make Chrome on Android more intuitive overall. We also really enjoy using the feature on the Safari browser on iOS, so we know it will be fun for those on Android to have this feature too. Gesture navigation is already a bigger deal on Android Pie, which is likely why Chrome is seeing the changes now.

In the comments below, we want to know what you think of the new gesture navigation coming to Chrome on Android in the future. Are you someone who has been waiting for the gesture navigation for a while now or is this something you do not care about one way or the other? Have you tried out gesture navigation on iOS through Safari before? What else would you like to see Google add to Chrome for Android in future updates?

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Nick Pike
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