Google is slated to release Android Q sometime next month. The company has already shared four beta versions of the next iteration of its upcoming mobile operating system, Android Q, with the public. It is expected to release at least two more beta versions of Android Q to the public before the before the stable version of the OS goes live. Android Beta version 4 that was released in the first week June introduced one of the most touted features of Android Q – the dark mode – to the public for the first time. And Android Q beta 5 that is expected to go live in the coming days is expected to bring improved gesture navigations on to Android’s platform.
Notably, Google hasn’t released Android Q beta 5 yet. However, a Reddit user claimed to have received an early update of the beta version 5 of Android Q on his Pixel 3 XL smartphone earlier this week. As per his observations, Android Q beta version 5 claimed to have brought improved gesture navigations, particularly related to gesture navigations, on board. And now folks at 9To5 Google have confirmed that the update is legit.
As per the report by the publication, Android Q beta 5 will come with a new setting called “Back Sensitivity”. There are four settings in Back Sensitivity ranging from low to high. These settings will determine how sensitive your phone will be to back gestures. The new setting appears via a cog icon which is placed on the right side of the Gesture Navigation setting – the setting that was available as Fully Gestural Navigation – in Android Q beta 4. Interestingly, the Pixel 3 XL user who got early access to Android Q beta claimed that the setting offered marked improvement to the phone’s navigation experience.
However, if you believe that the new gestural navigations aren’t a right match for you, Android Q beta 5 seems to offer a way to return to the old and familiar two-button navigation and three-button navigation as well.
Besides this, Google is likely to tweak gesture navigation in Android Q beta 5 further to better support app navigation drawers. A Googler involved with Android Developer Relations said that instead of peeking the drawers, users will be able to open the app navigation drawer by peeking and then swiping.