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Pixel 4 doesn't let you use Android Pie's two-button gesture navigation

Android 9 Pie introduced the first form of gesture navigation, changing the three-button navigation bar into a pill-shaped button with a separate back key. Android 10 came with a new full-screen gesture navigation mode, and if you get a Pixel 4, it's the only option — besides the classic three-button nav, that is.

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Android 10 on the Pixel 4 supports gesture navigation with third-party launchers

Google's new gesture navigation system for Android 10 has been divisive for numerous reasons, not the least of which it didn't work with third-party launchers. The company committed to fixing this issue in a future Android release, and it appears that fix is already live on the Pixel 4 and 4 XL. Launchers like Nova can use the full gesture setup, so that's one shortcoming out of the way.

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[Update 2x: Original story correct] The new Google Assistant only works with gesture navigation

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL have been revealed this Tuesday, and they'll bring a faster and more powerful Google Assistant along. It should understand you better with the help of local speech processing and you won't need to keep saying "OK Google" over and over again. However, if you're a fan of the good ol' three-button navigation, you'll be left out in the cold. According to a Google support document, the new Assistant requires gesture navigation to work.

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Google will force OEMs to hide their custom gesture navigation systems in Android 10

Google has struggled to devise a new navigation system for Android over the last few releases. No one much liked the two-button design from Pie, and the new full-gesture setup in Android 10 has its critics, too. However, a leaked copy of the Google Mobile Services (GMS) agreement for OEMs suggests you'll be seeing a lot of Google's gestures on upcoming phones. Google will apparently require OEMs to bury their custom gesture navigation systems in the settings in favor of the stock implementation.

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How to bring back two-button navigation on the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro running Android 10

If you're a OnePlus 7 or 7 Pro user running Android 10 and you've sifted through the different navigation options available for your device, you probably noticed that two-button navigation is no longer there. For proponents of this UI, such news might be pretty disheartening.

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Here's why Google thinks Android Q's gestures are a good idea

Much controversy has surrounded the new gesture navigation in Android Q. While some people love it, others prefer the old three-button layout (or depend on it due to impairments), and some even prefer Pie's two-button navigation. Google put a lot of thought into creating the new system, working together with OEMs, and is confident that its solution is the best. The company goes to great lengths to prove this with some statistics published in a blog post on Thursday.

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The back gesture sensitivity option in Android Q Beta 6 does nothing to solve Google's gesture woes

Google decided to introduce a new version of gesture navigation in Android Q, which is an excellent idea. The 2-button gesture nav design from Pie was, let's face it, terrible. The new full gesture navigation system in Q has some good ideas, but the back gesture is a mess. Google's latest attempt to fix that in Beta 6 isn't going to be enough.

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[Update x2: Essential OTA] Google releases Android Q Beta 6 with last-minute gesture navigation tweaks

We're in the endgame now... for Android Q. The fifth beta release came out last month, but Google wanted to squeeze in one last update before the finished product. Android Q Beta 6 is now rolling out to Pixels in the beta OTA program, and flashable images should be available shortly.

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[Update: Now official, OnePlus 7 too] New Android Q Developer Preview silently appears for OnePlus 7 Pro

Over the weekend, OnePlus appears to have silently (accidentally?) rolled out its next Android Q Developer Preview for the OnePlus 7 Pro. Among the included features are new "super macro" and focus tracking settings for the camera, Digital Wellbeing, configurable Zen Mode duration, and new options for gesture navigation. Although the previous Developer Preview 3 landed for the OnePlus 7, 7 Pro, 6, and 6T all at once, for now only the 7 Pro appears to have Developer Preview 4 early.

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New Android Q-style icons and other UI tweaks spotted in Google's Messages app

Over the last couple days, some tweaks to the Messages app on Android have been spotted in testing, updating the iconography and style in the message composition area to more closely match Android Q's outlined aesthetic. Also of note, Messages now supports transparency behind the new gesture bar in Android Q, though we can't be sure when this change happened.

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