I recently had a Google Pixel 2 XL in my hands, mainly because I've always planned to migrate my Google Voice business line to a separate phone, and I figured an Android phone would give me a good opportunity to get up to date on the features of the platform. As you may have heard, the latest developer beta for Android was recently released, called Android P, and Google makes it very easy to sign up and install the beta version on selected Android phones.
One of the things that I found interesting about Android P is its updated multitasking interface. The interface works in a similar way to the iPhone X, since the sliding gestures can be used to invoke the application selector. Although Android P is still in beta, I wanted to show how some of the multitasking features of the Pixel XL 2 are compared to the iPhone X. See our interactive video tutorial for more information.
iMac Pro: The most powerful Mac that ever existed  Invoke the application selector
Invoking the application switcher in Google Pixel is similar to iPhone X, since it requires a sliding gesture from the bottom of the screen. The mechanics are slightly different, but the end result is the same.
It is also similar to browse the applications, since all running applications are displayed through a familiar card interface. The animations on the Pixel 2 XL are not as smooth as the iPhone X, which should not be a surprise. The lack of rubber bands still makes a big difference when it comes to animations, but beyond that, I found the animations a bit spasmodic in the Pixel 2 XL. Okay, you're running a developer beta (this is the iPhone X), but I've always found that this is one of Android's key weaknesses from a visual interaction perspective.
Subscribe to 9to5Mac on YouTube to watch more videos  In addition to the animations, I really like the Pixel 2 XL application switching interface. It's a little messy, but it comes with several useful features. A group of five recently used applications are displayed at the bottom of the interface, along with the Google Search bar and the previous Google Assistant.
The Pixel 2 XL application change interface reminds me of some of the jailbreak settings that used to be popular on the iPhone when the jailbreaking was big, it's not as clean as the Apple solution, but arguably it's more functional .
Google Pixel 2 XL (Android P beta) against iPhone X (iOS 11.4 beta)
Quick change between the last two applications
The small bump on the bottom of the Pixel 2 XL interface works as a start button, a button to invoke the Google Assistant and a way to quickly change the application. A quick slide to the right on the start button will drag you back and forth between the last two applications.
The iPhone X has similar sliding functionality in the Home indicator at the bottom of the screen. Users can quickly switch between the last two applications used by sliding to the right, interacting with an application, and then sliding to the right again.
The slider can be used to scroll applications in the application switcher
Quick cycling in applications
Like the iPhone X, you can also quickly swipe applications without invoking the complete switch interface. applications in the Pixel 2 XL. Again, I think the iPhone X is more polished in this aspect, with better animations.
Force Closure Applications
Force Closure applications in Pixel 2 XL work in a similar way to force closure of applications on the iPhone. With the application selector displayed, swipe up the application cards you want to close. Of course, forced closing applications on the iPhone X require a long push at the beginning, but the methodology is basically the same.
Slide your finger up on an application change card close the application
Access the application menu
The application drawer is the central location that houses all the applications installed on your Pixel 2 XL, and there's no real equivalent in iOS. To access the application drawer, slide up from the bottom of the screen while the application chooser is displayed, or slide up from the home screen with a fluid movement.
The application drawer shows all installed applications
The split-screen functionality has been around on Android for quite some time, and it's still a feature I'd like to see on the iPhone . Invoking split screen mode in Pixel 2 XL is just a matter of touching the icon on the top of the application card while the application switcher is open. From there, you have the option to invoke the split screen, which allows you to select the second application that you would like to use from other application cards, recent applications or from the application drawer.
Even in a phone, I think the split screen is useful
iOS has picture-in-picture support, but only for the iPad. With Pixel 2 XL, you can enjoy video compatibility with picture-in-picture by pressing the start button while playing a video. This is one of the features that I would most like to see on the iPhone.
Image in picture for video in Pixel 2 XL
Application fast rotation
The rotation lock has existed for years, but the amount of control a user has over the orientation of the Screen is limited to the best. Android P has a feature that allows you to quickly change the orientation of the application with the push of a button without affecting the rotation lock setting. This means that you can quickly switch between vertical and horizontal orientation, even if your automatic rotation is disabled. It's not technically a multitasking feature, but it seemed so useful to me that I had to include it.
Rapid application rotation (lower left corner) is an extremely useful feature
Stock Android is a solid experience, and both Apple and Google can learn some things from each other. Android P, like its predecessors, still lacks in terms of the fluidity of animations, but things have improved a lot over the years. Functionally, iOS could definitely take some Android cues, especially when it comes to picture-in-picture, split-screen, and enhanced application orientation options for the iPhone.
The Pixel 2 XL is not my "driver's diary" but next to the iPhone X it turns it into a second solid phone with a really good camera. Watch for future deliveries as I compare and contrast additional offers related to Apple with others.
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