Samsung no longer hides gesture navigation bar, removes gestures | Phones

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When Google brought gesture navigation to Android, it kept a “gesture hint” in place as a little bar that sits at the bottom of the screen. Some brands, including Samsung, have offered the ability to remove the gesture navigation bar from view or use an entirely different form of gestures, but both are being removed with the Galaxy S24 series.

On the Galaxy S24 series, Samsung is removing two of its gesture navigation options from users. The first is the ability to hide the gesture navigation bar. Gestures still work when this bar is removed, there’s just no buffer between the bottom of the screen and the app in view, which occasionally leads to some little usability hiccups.

In One UI 6.0, Samsung provides the option to hide the gesture navigation bar by toggling “Gesture hint.” It’s enabled by default. On the Galaxy S24, this option is completely removed, as pictured below.

Beyond that, Samsung is also ditching its own take on gesture navigation. This option allowed users to swipe up where typical navigation buttons would be. The solution always felt a bit half-baked, but did work reasonably well. On the Galaxy S24 series, it’s completely removed.

Presumably, both of these decisions are related to Google’s new Circle to Search, which uses a long-press of the navigation bar home button or the gesture bar to launch the new interface. It’s not a huge surprise that Samsung is making the change for this sake either, as the vast majority of Samsung users are on three-button navigation…

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