One of the most popular tweaks offered by many third-party Android launchers/home screen replacements looks like it might be coming to Google's Pixels. According to a report by the folks at XDA Developers, the Pixel Launcher in a future Android Q release (originally pegged to be Beta 5) may include a gesture that allows swiping down to expand the notification shade from anywhere on the homescreen.

If you've used the immensely popular Nova Launcher, then you're probably familiar with the concept. If not, just imagine being able to swipe down from anywhere on your homescreen to pull down the notification shade instead of having to start at the top of your screen, as usual. There's really not much more to it than that, but given the popularity of the feature in third-party launchers, it's likely to be a welcome addition.

Unlike most third-party launchers, it doesn't wait until the gesture is complete to begin the pull-down animation, either. This smoothly tracks your finger while it moves (though the video doesn't do the best job of showing that off).

Looks like this particular feature isn't actually part of Beta 5. We've updated our title and coverage to note that. Hopefully it lands in a later Q release.

The gesture is nowhere to be found in the stable release of Android 10. XDA Developers spotted a commit that mentions it being removed.

The gesture is available and working in version 10 of the Pixel Launcher, which came with the Pixel 4. You can get on older Pixels too by installing v10 (APK Mirror).