The new Google Assistant doesn’t support button navigation, to the dismay of users

The new Google Pixel four and Google Pixel four XL introduced with them a new and improved model of Google Assistant. The up to date app contains some welcome additions, resembling a better, pared-down look and improved voice recognition, however not each change has been warmly obtained.

Google has additionally determined to abandon the three-button interface from earlier variations of Assistant and substitute it with gesture controls – and never everyone seems to be completely satisfied about it.

A new Google support doc explains that though three-button navigation continues to be accessible in Android 10 (and may be activated by System > Gestures > System navigation), if you choose it, you will not give you the chance to use the new Assistant.

As Android Police notes, the new gestures could show tough for users with restricted mobility, who would discover Google Assistant significantly helpful, and reception from the Reddit Android group has been combined to say the least.

Swipes and gripes

Google has tried to pressure gesture controls on users earlier than, to widespread annoyance. When the Android 10 beta arrived in August, many members of the Android group had been dismayed by its new gesture navigation, which makes use of swipes in place of button presses.

Testers’ major criticism concerned the again gesture – a swipe from both the proper or left edge of the display. Many third-party apps already use that gesture for different capabilities, resembling accessing menus, so having it taken over by the working system introduced an actual downside.

Google responded to the backlash by arguing that gestures are extra pure and make navigating with one hand simpler, however ultimately caved and made buttons accessible as an possibility when the new OS launched.

It’s doable that it’ll change its thoughts about Google Assistant as properly, significantly because it begins to roll out to older handsets. Fingers crossed.

Via Android Police

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