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Weekend poll: What's your favorite navigation system? Gestures, buttons, or something else?

One of the biggest features introduced in Android Q was the new "fully gestural navigation" system, which replaces the old buttons with an entirely gesture-based method of navigating around apps, returning to the home screen, and multitasking. This builds on the previous two-button "gesture" system introduced in Android 9 Pie, which itself replaced the nearly timeless three-button navigation. Many phones these days have several options when it comes to navigation — some OEMs have even made their own gesture systems. Assuming you have more than one option, which do you prefer?

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Google makes exiting fullscreen mode way less annoying in Android Q Beta 5

Picture this. You're watching a video or playing a game in fullscreen, and you want to exit it. You think to yourself, no problemo, I'll just swipe from the side of the screen to trigger the navigation buttons then tap back. Or if you're using gestures, you swipe from the side thinking it'll trigger the back function. Either way, that swipe worked well on Pie and earlier, but it was removed in Q betas. We had to wait for Beta 5 to see it brought back.

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[Update: It's here] Android Q Beta 5 to make back gesture and side menus work better together

Side menus — or navigation drawers or hamburger menus, whatever you want to call them — are a burr in the saddle of Android Q's gesture navigation system. Swiping in from either side of the screen with gestures enabled takes the user back one layer, a behavior obviously at odds with menus meant to be accessed by the same action. The next beta update will address that discordance, though, according to Googler Chris Banes.

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Android Q Beta 5 has an awkward and buggy two-finger gesture to open app navigation drawers

Android Q's new gesture navigation is a vast improvement over the two-button nav bar introduced in Pie, but it still has quirks that need to be worked out. Particularly, the back gesture interferes with the swipe-to-open option for side menus. Google promised a fix in the form of a peek gesture, but that still feels very unfinished as of Beta 5. However, this release adds a two-finger swipe from the side of the display to open those slide-out navigation menus, and it's as awkward to use as it sounds.

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Third-party launchers won't be able to use Android Q's new gesture navigation at launch

At today's announcement of Android Q Beta 5, Google revealed that it was going to move custom launchers off of the new gesture navigation system as of Beta 6, defaulting to the old three-button method if you use one. While that might sound like a reason to worry, this change is merely an "an unfortunate, yet short-term inconvenience" in Action Launcher developer Chris Lacy's words. Google has confirmed it will bring gesture support for third-party launchers "in a post-launch update" for Android Q.

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Screen pinning is now fixed and available when using gesture navigation on Android Q Beta 5

The new gesture navigation system introduced by Google in Android Q Beta 3 had an unanticipated consequence: it broke the ability to leave a "pinned" screen, leaving you stranded. Beta 4's "fix" for the issue was to entirely disable it while gesture navigation was enabled, but as of today's Android Q Beta 5 release, it's actually fixed, and you can pin un-pin things in the new navigational system via a "swipe up & hold" gesture.

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Another Android Q Beta 5 leak shows off new Assistant gesture animation

In addition to the previous Beta 5 leaks, more details are starting to trickle out from those that got in on the program a bit early. Someone over on the /r/android_beta subreddit (/u/Charizarlslie) reports being included in a US Carrier's testing program for Beta 5, and in addition to confirming the previous "Back Sensitivity" setting, he's spotted a snazzy, colorful new animation to accompany the gesture that triggers the Assistant in the new gesture navigation mode.

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Google makes subtle improvements to gesture navigation in Android Q Beta 4

During I/O, Google outlined its vision for the fully gestural navigation system that debuted with Android Q Beta 3. In the fourth beta that arrived yesterday, some further refinements have been made to gesture navigation that make it a little smoother and more usable.

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Android Q Beta 4 adds rotation lock button to gesture navigation

We got our first taste of Google's revamped gesture navigation in Android Q Beta 3, but something was missing. The rotation lock button we loved so much in Android Pie was nowhere to be found. In the new Beta 4 release, Google has added a new rotation button in gesture mode. Although, it looks a bit messy right now.

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Android Q will include gesture and 3-button navigation as default options, but OEMs can still add their own

Google's latest attempt at gesture navigation in the third Android Q beta has caused quite a stir. Some commend the decision to finally rip off the superior iOS-style home gesture, while others aren't happy with the new swipe-from-the-side back button. No matter what you think of it, it's here to stay, but the trusty old three-button navigation will be included as an option on all phones going forward.

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