Google has finally released the Android Q Beta 5 update today. The update brings several changes and tweaks to the gestures on the Android Q. This is going to be the second last beta update before Google releases the update for OEMs and Pixels as an official update in coming days. Let’s dive into what this update actually brings.
Back in Beta 3, Google introduced the Gestures system, which does have an app-conflict when going backward or says back to some previous actions, in the current app. Now to remove this conflict, Google introduces the Peek Navigation. As per changelogs:
For apps using a navigation drawer, we’ve added a peek behavior when users have grabbed the drawer to indicate that a swipe will bring in the navigation drawer. This works for all versions of DrawerLayout, with DrawerLayout 1.1.0-alpha02 optimized for the best experience.
Also, there is a change to invoke the Assistant. Since the Home key is missing here, there is a new gesture for invoking it. You have to swipe from a corner to invoke the Assistant.
There is some changes to the support for third-party launchers as well. Starting from Android Pie, the third-party launchers never behaved properly on gestures. So for time-being on Android Q Beta 5, Google is bringing back the software keys (traditional Home, Recent Apps and Back) when using the third party launchers. As for the further changes, Google mentions:
We’ll address the remaining issues in a post-launch update so those users can switch to gestural navigation. We’ll be working with our device-maker partners to include with their devices shipping or updating to Android Q.
Precaution before installing Android Q Beta 5
For the time, the Beta 6 and beyond, you will have to manage with the soft navigation keys, unless you decide to switch to stock launcher.
By the time you read this post, You Pixel might have started getting the Android Q update.
This is a Beta update. So you might face some more bugs than the previous Beta update. Make sure that you have backed up all your data prior to the update, so that at the time, if the device fails, and you rolled back, you can get your data back.
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