Swiping Gesture in the iPhone X and Android Phones

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The convenient and relaxing gesture of swiping has taken ground both in the user interface and beyond. The amazing feature makes the user’s operation not just one-handed, but even one-fingered.

You can swipe at your ease in many applications. Take, for example, Apple’s Siri. When the smart assistant suggests an iPhone X user which application would be nice to open, the user responses with a swiping gesture. You access the suggested program by swiping down from the middle of your Home screen. And if you pull down at this stage, you will open a search bar with four apps that Siri considers the most suitable for you at the moment. Overall, perhaps the most exciting parts of any iPhone X review are those devoted to the swiping feature.

In the same way, in the first public beta of the Android P OS, every time when you swipe up to access the app switcher, on the bottom appears a search bar with five suggested applications.

iPhone X and Android P: Swiping Straight up and Almost Straight up

The swiping gesture has been introduced in many recent operating systems and apps and is supported by most modern phones. Among the latter are Apple’s iPhone X and the Android P (more exactly, the Android phones that will support the upcoming Android P OS).

It is common knowledge and it is quite natural that iPhone users believe that Android phones have a terrible UI design. And vice versa, a similar opinion (though about iPhone’s UI) is shared by the Android community. However, in reality, both interfaces are very much alike, being their common features much more significant than differences.

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Not an exclusion is the swiping gesture function in the two device families.

In the iPhone X Home screen, in order to immediately access the app switcher, the user performs a common upward swipe gesture. But it is not straightly upward, but up and to the right. You may well swipe straight up, but then you will have to hold until app switcher appears.

In the Android P, the access to the switcher requires a straight upward swipe. That is, you need to swipe just up and not to the right. Why does Apple require an up-and-right gesture? Because it reserves the simpler straight up swipe for a quick jump to the first page, which is also wise and convenient. Thus, the two phone families provide a very similar swiping functionality.


The swiping gesture has been a notable addition to the user’s interface. The novelty got a welcome appraisal in the global phone using community. It is common consent that swiping makes the whole searching experience much more pleasant and exciting than before. For many, the iPhone X is Apple’s best phone exactly because of its built-in gestures initially intended to mitigate the absence of the Home button.

So a natural wish (and request) to the phone designers should be to expand the feature to new (and existing) operating systems and applications.