14 March 2019
Google is working on several new things for the next version of Android which is believed to be the Android Q. We have seen many leaks before that reflect Google is working around the privacy and doing multiple tweaks around the permissions that an app can access. Among others is the app sideloading experience as well which is getting some updating with the next major software upgrade.
Now, a new feature is spotted in a leaked build of Android Q by the folks over XDA that shows Google is working further on the gesture navigation. A major change was first introduced with Android Pie where you would see only two button layout – Back and Home instead of the traditional three-button navigation layout. Now, in Android Q, what the folks have spotted, even the two button layout is no longer available. Only the pill-shaped Home button is there in the middle to guide gestures.
XDA folks have shown the comparison between the two layouts via a video that demonstrates a phone running Android P and another running the Android Q. The video clearly demos how gesture navigation is working on the Android Q running device.
All the gestures are made around the home button. While a right swipe takes to the apps you have opened and switching between them is quite smooth. Just keep on swiping to switch to the apps. Swiping left now work as a back key and swiping up from home button opens up the multi-tasking and stack of apps which you can see and use.
This is a leaked build of Android Q and we will need to wait to see if these new gestures make their way to the developer preview builds of Android Q. But, gestures are said to be the next major change in Android and before getting rid of the buttons completely, the idea of keeping the home button looks a good choice since users first need to get habitual of this navigation system and there has to be one start and stop point indicated.