Android Q Beta 5 brings new pull-down gesture & Google Assistant animation

Sheri Evans
July 11, 2019

Google's new back gesture (swipe in from the sides) looked like it would break navigation drawers in apps, but Google has a new peek behavior in Beta 5 that signals to users when they are interacting with the drawer rather than triggering the back gesture. In Beta 5, you can swipe in diagonally from the lower left or right corner to access Assistant. As can be seen in the video below, the new dark boot animation in Android Q Beta 5 will be a lot easier on the eyes, especially when you have to reboot your phone at night. Google says the company is making these changes to "improve and polish" the gestural navigation experience based on user feedback.

"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.

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.

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Google introduced gesture navigation for the first time with Android 9 Pie but it used 2 buttons to navigate. For apps using a navigation drawer, Beta 6 has also added a peek behavior when users grab the drawer to indicate that a swipe will bring in the navigation drawer.

A big chunk of Google's efforts in Beta 5 revolve around the revamped gesture navigation.

When we tried to use a third-party launcher on beta 4, we saw that gesture navigation mode was pretty buggy with a third-party launcher.

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