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Xiaomi imitates some gestures from the iPhone X

iPhone X Gestures

The iPhone X may not be the first “Full Screen” smartphone but it’s the first iPhone to come without a home button (not even a virtual one). Because of this new change, Apple had introduced a couple of gestures which are easy to adapt by existing iOS users. Apparently, this seems to be so effective that the folks at Xiaomi’s MIUI development team are incorporating some of these gestures on their upcoming MIUI 9 update.

In their latest changelog for its MIUI 9 Global ROM (7.12.28), Xiaomi is introducing new gestures for full display devices like the MI MIX, MI MIX 2 and the latest Redmi 5 / 5 Plus.

When these Full Display Gestures are enabled, you can go back to the home screen by simply swiping up from the bottom edge of the screen. To view running apps, you’ll have to swipe up from the bottom and hold right in the middle to view all recent apps, which are the exact same steps on the iPhone X. To switch between previous apps quickly, the gestures are a bit different as you’ll need to swipe from left or right to the middle of the screen.

Of course, these are just additional features to maximise the screen’s real estate with less clutter. It’s still faster to navigate using the standard virtual buttons for recent apps, home and back as shown above.


Alexander Wong