Google Releases Android Q Beta 5 With Gesture Navigation Tweaks

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Beta updates can have bugs, and that's something to think about before you enroll in this Messages app beta, but it's also pretty exciting to try out new features before most other people get them. Google is making it easier for users to navigate back. The Beta testers have been posting about unknown features that Android Q Beta 5 brings with itself. As the screenshot below shows, Android Q then greys out the option to select gesture navigation from within Settings, leaving only 2 and 3-button navigation instead.

"The Open Beta provides customers the chance to test, and provide input and suggestions, on experimental features not yet launched to the general public", Google stated in a public announcement.

Another change is the new Google Assistant animation whic looks neat. Specifically, Android Q Beta 5 brings in a new peek behavior for applications that utilize the navigation drawer users can access by swiping inward on the display from the left edge of the screen. And one of the key changes that was spotted was how easily users will be able to access the notifications panel from the home screen.

Android Q Beta 5 has launched, with Google including gestural navigation updates, so you can swipe from the corners to get Google Assistant.

There are other gestural navigation updates in this beta to be aware of in addition to the new swipe gesture. Well, the good news is, the Pixel Launcher in Android Q will have the swipe down to see notifications gesture.

Google said it will continue working on custom launcher issues, and will switch to three-button navigation for custom launchers in Beta 6.

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