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In depth: 13 things to know about Android P gesture navigation

Android P’s first official beta is overflowing with features and flourishes, but the software’s most transformative change is something more foundational than flashy. I’m talking, of course, about Android P’s new gesture navigation system — a totally revamped interface for getting around your phone.

I’ve been getting to know Android P’s new gesture navigation system since the beta went live Tuesday morning — and let me tell you: This thing really does shake up the way you think about Android. Few things are as pivotal to the user experience as how you open and move between apps and processes, and this change has more of an effect on the “feel” of the operating system than any other in recent memory.

What’s more, there’s a lot going on with this new interface — far more than you’d think upon initial glance. Here are the most interesting, baffling, and maddening things that have jumped out at me so far.

1. Android P’s gesture navigation isn’t actually present by default (for now)

When you start using the new Android P beta, the first thing you notice about the new gesture navigation system is…well, that it isn’t there. After upgrading a phone to the current beta release, the regular ol’ Android navigation keys show up right where you expect ’em — nothing out of the ordinary. Surprise!

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