Market-leading smartphones like the iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8 have picked up the trend with using the maximum amount of screen and leaving little space for any buttons. To accommodate this self-induced problem, manufacturers are adding in support for gestures. The iPhone X for one, is very gesture-based, with gestures on every corner of the screen from notification centre, to the multitasking pane, to the control centre.

Xiaomi - one of the very first pioneers of the bezel-less smartphones with their Xiaomi Mi MIX concept smartphone is adding gestures to what they call their "full-display" smartphones. It'll be made available on the Xiaomi Redmi 5, 5+, Mi MIX2 and the Original Mi MIX in a software update coming in MiUI9. Xiaomi dropped the Beta release for this update on Friday, so interested users with these devices can download it and give these gestures a spin on their phones.

In the newly introduced full display gestures, if you want to go back to the Home screen, you can swipe from the bottom of the screen to the top of it. Swipe from the bottom of the screen and then stop for a second, you will find that Recents can be activated. And if you'd like to return to the previous page, all you have to do is swipe from the left or right of the screen to the middle of it.

This is not the first time smartphone makers are adding gestures in order to support a design choice. BlackBerry was one of the first software designers to introduce a true gesture-driven navigation system in its now-defunct BlackBerry 10 operating system, and OEMs like Huawei added in support for gestures on the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor to accommodate for the ergonomics of larger phones.

via Xiaomi via XDA Developers