Google might call the next version of Android, 'Popsicle'

Gwen Vasquez
April 15, 2018

However, more clues are beginning to swirl around the World Wide Web as to what changes we can expect to see in the next version of Google's mobile OS, and it looks like the company behind the software may have just leaked a feature that's now in testing. In Google's screenshot, a dialog box is open, so the theory is that in this (in-development, subject-to-change) build of Android, a back button pops up only when a dialog box is open and the button would normally disappear.

In the first image below, you can see the standard navigation bar on the Google Pixel 2 XL running the first Android P Developer Preview. The home button is a pill shape instead of circular. The post, which recaps a security feature, contained a screenshot of the DNS settings with a navigation bar that we hadn't seen before. As announced by the Google, the Android P will have a ton of innovation-oriented features and new generation experience. The blog post was notably not created to exhibit the new experience but to highlight the availability of a Private DNS mode on the first Android P Developer Preview release. As an example, in X iPhone, which Google is launching a new phase of competition. Also, since it carried a screenshot originally that suggested the new experience, the company even updated that image with a cropped version that is no longer showing any new controls.

Though a variety of Android manufacturers have implemented navigation gestures over the years, Google might be considering the move in stock Android in response to the iPhone X and ever-shrinking bezels.

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Nevertheless, some smart people managed to take a copy of this particular screenshot.

In a Twitter conversation with Amadeo, 9to5Google's Stephen Hall says that his sources have confirmed that the new revelation points to Android gesture navigation. They were later replaced by capacitive touch buttons, which later were replaced by home screen navigation buttons. But as someone who's been fond of gesture navigation since the Palm Pre, I'd be happy to see it return as an optional configuration.

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