Google wants to bring Android 10’s gestures to Chrome tablets


5, 2019

Google may have ditched ChromeOS tablets for now, but the firm isn’t giving up on making the OS better for tablets. The firm earlier was found testing a more laptop optimised layout for its clamshell mode, and now a similar move is being made on the tablet side.

Google has hidden the tests behind a new flag labelled as “chrome://flags/#shelf-hotseat”, and while it doesn’t do much — it draws an arrow towards the evolution of tablet mode navigation.

Here’s how the new UI looks:

As you can see, it apes the new Android 10 gestures interface, though the gestures don’t quite work yet as already noted. This makes a lot of sense if Google wants to bring all its operating system together, ensuring they share a common navigation logic is literally the bare minimum they could do. Apple’s iPads already rely on n gesture navigation, so Google would also be adopting what the majority of tablet users would be used to.

While Google isn’t launching a new ChromeOS powered tablet any time soon, the firm is launching a Pixelbook Go in just over a week, so we’ll see if the firm has any announcements to make on its platform.

Via: Chrome Unboxed 

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