Xiaomi introduces iPhone X-like Full Screen Gestures to Mi MIX/ MIX 2, removes on-screen navigation buttons

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It’s pretty amazing if you think about it. Xiaomi was the smartphone maker to pioneer and make popular the full-screen wide ratio display. The advantage of a wide ratio display is undeniable, enabling a much larger screen on a compact body. With a full-screen display like on the original Mi MIX concept and successor Mi MIX 2, it meant the absence of physical buttons on the front.

Naturally, new ways to navigate the device needed to be devised. As seen on the iPhone X, new gestures were developed for returning to the home screen, multitasking, accessing notifications and more.

Meanwhile, Android has on-screen navigation buttons (which you can hide if you so wish) by default.

The great news now is that Xiaomi is following Apple’s footsteps with “Full Screen Gestures” to replace traditional navigation button on its expanding portfolio of full-screen display devices.

Currently, Full-Screen Gestures are built into the latest China Developer and Global Beta ROM (8.3.1) or MIUI 9.5 and above.

List of devices supported are the Mi MIX, MIX 2, Redmi 5, Redmi Note 5 (Pro) and all other upcoming full-screen devices.

Here are the new full screen gestures:

To go back to the Home screen, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

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To multi-task or find Recent apps, swipe from the bottom of the screen and then pause. This is similar to the iPhone’s implementation of multitasking.

To go back to the previous page, simply swipe from the left edge of the screen.

Some apps may perform gestures differently. For instance, Facebook and Instagram have their own features when you swipe left or right. Don’t fret, you can still swipe left or right from the top edge of the screen to trigger an app’s action.

Here’s how to enable Full-Screen Gestures:

  • Go to Settings > Full Screen Display
  • Select Full Screen Gestures
  • Run through the tutorial, and start using it.

So, what do you think?

Source: MIUI Forum

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