Gesture navigation is coming to Chrome OS for the first time
Gesture navigation is coming to Chrome OS for the first time so users can control their touchscreen laptops with finger gestures, just like on tablets and smartphones
- Chrome OS 80 from Google contains a limited number of touchscreen movements
- The operating system for Chromebook laptops and Androids is currently in beta
- The operating system will be released to the public on 11 February 2020
The next version of Google’s Chrome OS supports a limited number of touchscreen movements to control laptops or tablets that use the operating system, something that most users of smartphones and tablets should be familiar with.
The new sign system is included as a standard component of Chrome OS 80, which is currently being tested in beta prior to a public release on 11 February 2020.
Chrome OS 80 supports four new gestures, including swipe from left to right to bring users back to a previous screen, and a short upward swipe will invoke the app-board menu at the bottom of the screen.
Google is a beta test of a new range of touchscreen gestures to make driving Chrome OS easier
Long swiping up from the bottom of the screen deletes all currently open apps and returns users to the home screen.
Finally, when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold your finger on the screen, an overview screen appears with all currently open app windows.
To enable the gestures, according to a report from Android police, users must enable the modular shelf flag in the system settings.
The new sign system comes just a few months after Google has introduced another even ambitious sign control system on its Pixel 4 phones.
With the help of a built-in radar arch, the new telephones interpret hand gestures of the user without even touching the device.
Chrome OS 80 supports four new touch gestures that work for Chromebooks with touch screens and tablets with Chrome OS
With a feature called Motion Sense, Pixel 4 allows users to jump forward or backward while listening to music, or reject incoming calls by waving their hands horizontally above the screen, from left to right or from right to left.
The radar chip also supports some more subtle functions, including the ability to turn off the screen and save battery power when use has left the sensor’s direct field.
The sensor could also detect when the user had returned to the field and began to reach for his phone, allowing the handset to automatically rotate the screen at the same time the user reached for the phone.
WHAT GESTURES WILL CHROME OS 80 INCLUDE?
Swiping up quickly brings the app shelf, the equivalent of Chrome OS from the macOS Dock, or the Windows taskbar.
If you swipe up from the bottom of the screen, all open apps are deleted and the home screen appears.
Swipe up and hold your finger on the screen to view all currently open apps.
By swiping from left to right, users go back one screen.