Redmi Note 5 Pro gets gesture navigation with MIUI 9.5 beta version

When Apple removed its trademark Touch ID from the iPhone X, it made way for a whole new gesture-based navigation system. And like every other iPhone X feature, that feature migrated to Android as well. OnePlus was the first mainstream phone maker to introduce gestures on the OnePlus 5T. Xiaomi has been following suit with the Mi Mix 2s and the Redmi 5 (China).

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redmi Note 5 Pro gestures

Now, the company will port the feature to the fresh new Redmi Note 5 Pro. Xiaomi has released the feature on its global Beta ROM that can be put to use by brave users. The feature can be found on the newly released MIUI 9.5 or the global Beta ROM v8.3.1. However, note that this is not a stable ROM by any means and not advisable for daily use.

How does it work?

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see the gestures mimic the iPhone X style.

Back: Swipe from the left or right bottom
Home: Swipe up from the bottom
Recents: Swipe up from the bottom and hold

The feature can be enabled or disabled at will from the settings menu so that’s good. Currently, the Mi MIX, Mi MIX 2, Redmi 5, Redmi Note 5 (Redmi 5 Plus in China) support gestures. Moreover, future Xiaomi devices with a full-screen design will also be receiving the update. Also, this should eventually trickle down to the stable builds of supported devices in the coming weeks.

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Gesture-based navigation gives users that much of real estate as it frees the screen from the navigation bar. That said, what do you guys think? Is gesture navigation as cumbersome as tap-to-navigate?

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