Android Q Beta 5 Intros Swipe Gesture For Google Assistant Access

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Android Q Beta 5 Intros Swipe Gesture For Google Assistant Access

The upcoming Android Q Beta 5 will have a new black boot animation that will replace the annoyingly bright boot animation now on Pixel phones. Now that it has been unearthed working in Android Q beta 5 on a system level, it's safe to assume that all manufacturer overlays will be forced to employ it, hooray! The good part is that users have posted videos also to demo these new features.

The new navigation joins the improved gesture navigation that will feature a customizable back sensitivity setting.

This will be a handy change for users who are accustomed to swipe gestures over other methods of accessing apps or features, and making Google Assistant available this way certainly feels like its more fluid and natural than long pressing.

It seems that Android Q will bring pull-down anywhere to bring the notification bar and quick-action buttons.

There's a new Assistant gesture and a peek behavior for apps with a navigation drawer. The new navigation gestures arrived in Android Q Beta 3 in May (our Editor-in-Chief Mishaal Rahman discovered WIP two months ahead of the official launch) along with a new back gesture, which works by swiping inwards from either the left or the right edge of the smartphone.

The drawer behavior is changing.

Basically, if you use a third party launcher in beta 5, you can not use gesture navigation. We've seen OnePlus and Huawei offering the corner swipe gesture for Google Assistant to complement the swipe navigation gestures on OxygenOS and EMUI, respectively, but neither OEM has been thoughtful enough to make them visible. Beta 5 removes this, with the OS notifying you that it has updated the system navigation style if you switch to a third-party launcher.

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