Ever since iPhone X’s is out, gesture based navigation has become a mainstream thing with various Android based OS. Whether it’s Xiaomi or OnePlus, most Android OEMs have got their version of gesture based navigation. Recently with Android Pie, the stock Android has also got the taste of this new gesture navigation format. However, if you are someone who is still living with a phone that is using the regular button based navigation, then you have landed at the right place.
Fluid Navigation Gesture (Beta) is the app that can fulfil all your wishes. It’s an unreleased app on Google’s Play store, which means it’s still in beta. But you can try it on your device without any issues, so let’s begin.
- Fluid Navigation Gesture (Beta) app from PlayStore.
- An Android device with Android 5.0+ (Lollipop & above)
- A computer with ADB drivers installed to hide software navigation keys. (You can skip this on a rooted device)
- Basic knowledge of using command prompt for some magic.
[Use 15 Seconds ADB Installer tool from XDA-Forums to install ADB drivers on your Windows computer]
STEPS TO ENABLE GESTURE BASED NAVIGATION ON ANDROID:
- Open the Fluid Navigation Gesture (Beta) app & then tap on ‘Enable‘ toggle. To enable gestures, you need to give Draw over other apps & Accessibility permission to this app. Give those permission carefully & then proceed to next step.
- Now you have to hide the navigation bar of your device, so that you can use those navigation gesture without any hindrance. If your device is rooted, then simply tap on ‘GRANT WITH ROOT ACCESS‘ & allow root access to continue using gestures based navigation.
- If your device isn’t rooted then you have to grant a permission via ADB. For this, first of all enable USB debugging from ‘Developer Options‘ inside Settings app. After enabling USB debugging connect your phone to your PC. (By default, Developer Options is hidden. Go to ‘Settings‘>>’About Phone‘ & Tap 7 times on ‘Build number’ to un-hide it)
- Now on PC, open command prompt & type this command to confirm whether your PC is able to detect your device in ADB mode or not.
If it does, then type the following command to give final permission to the app.
adb shell pm grant com.fb.fluid android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS
- You will now be able to ‘Hide Navigation Bar‘ & use gestures to navigate around the UI without any issues.
Note: Gestures based navigation has a learning curve. It might take some time to get used to each & every gesture. However, if you still feel that your old navigation keys were better, then properly disable the gestures & enable your navigation keys before uninstalling the app.
The free version of app is very much sufficient & offers users a variety of customizations. You can change the default behaviour of each gesture, adjust the sensitivity & size of trigger and choose whether you want vibrations while navigation using gesture. But if you want to support the development of this app & enable themes with an option to add additional gesture, then you can Unlock Pro Version. (via in-app purchase)
The way this app works can pretty much replace the default navigation buttons, which makes it feel like a part of your smartphone’s OS. We hope the development continue to support more devices with a stable release in future.
What do you this about these gesture navigation? Are they any better than the traditional navigation keys? Do let us know via a comment.