What Happened to Double-Tap to Switch Apps?

On my original Pixel phone, there are three software buttons at the bottom of the screen: back arrow; home; and recent apps. When I received my new Pixel 3 phone, I discovered that it has only two buttons: back; and home. The recent apps button is missing! I loved being able to double-tap the recent apps button to quickly switch apps, similar to alt-tab on Windows. Did Google really eliminate this feature?

Happily, no. The new gesture is to swipe right on the home button to access recent apps. A quick swipe-and-lift toggles to the most recent app. If you swipe right, hold it, and keep swiping, you can get further back through the recent-apps stack, without ever lifting your thumb.

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