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Android 12 is trying out machine learning to make gesture navigation suck a little less

Android 12 is trying out machine learning to make gesture navigation suck a little less

Using gestures instead of hard or soft buttons to navigate a mobile OS isn't exactly perfect and it's definitely the case on Android right now. But what if the phone attempted to learn when that swipe off the edge of the screen meant you wanted to roll around in the app or go back or to the home screen? Google may be trying to find out.

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Android 12's gestures navigation works better in full-screen and immersive views

Android 12's gestures navigation works better in full-screen and immersive views

You either love or hate gesture-based navigation. Fortunately, Android lets you use whichever you like best. But even if you're all about swiping around with the smaller navigation bar, there's always been one sort of annoying impediment: Exiting the full-screen view in apps. It's one tap or swipe to bring up the navigation elements and another to actually swipe home or back. But Android 12 fixes that; it's all just one swipe now (though apps may need to be updated to do it).

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The first Android 12 preview lands today with more changes than we expected

The first Android 12 preview lands today with more changes than we expected

The Android 12 Developer Preview lands today! Breaking with the expected schedule, Google has just pushed out our very first taste of the next version of Android, available now for the Pixel 3 series, 3a series, Pixel 4 series, Pixel 4a series, and the lonesome Pixel 5. Developers that this release actually targets can also get their Android 12 on via Android Studio's emulator.

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Good Lock module NavStar gets One UI 3 support and gesture navigation options (APK Download)

Good Lock module NavStar gets One UI 3 support and gesture navigation options (APK Download)

When we discovered that many of Good Lock's modules wouldn't be compatible with One UI 3 until this year, it was interesting to see that NavStar was the one of the most discussed modules in our comments section — many of our readers even said they wouldn't update their phones until the module was working. That time has come: last night, Samsung kicked off the year's first Good Lock updates, and our beloved NavStar has gotten more than a simple icon change. There are some exciting new features to be found here, too.

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Samsung's OneUI 2.5 finally lets you use Android 10's gesture navigation in third party launchers

Samsung's OneUI 2.5 finally lets you use Android 10's gesture navigation in third party launchers

As promised all the way back in March, we can confirm that Samsung's One UI 2.5 update finally delivers support for full-screen navigation gestures in third party launchers. It's unfortunate that it took Samsung so long — Android 11 is probably just weeks away, and Pixels got this feature last year — but better late than never, and we can confirm it works on OneUI 2.5 via the Note 20 Ultra.

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Android 11's launcher lets you swipe up on secondary homescreens to go back to the main one

Android 11's launcher lets you swipe up on secondary homescreens to go back to the main one

When Google first introduced its take on gesture navigation with Android 10, one navigation option die-hard Android fans are used to disappeared — there was no longer a way to quickly jump back from a secondary homescreen to the first page, which you could do by tapping the home button. Android 11 is looking to fix that.

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Android 11 DP3 adds independent left and right sensitivity options for gesture navigation

Android 11 DP3 adds independent left and right sensitivity options for gesture navigation

Back in Android 11 DP2, separated back gesture sensitivity settings first popped up, claiming to tweak how the edge navigation gestures worked. At the time, we weren't sure if the new settings actually worked, but as of DP3, it seems like they do. 

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Chrome OS 81 comes with gesture navigation and PIP support (Update: Rollout halted)

Chrome OS 81 comes with gesture navigation and PIP support (Update: Rollout halted)

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, which already forced some schedule adjustments on Google developers, the company has launched Chrome OS 81 to the stable channel. The latest release packs a new gesture navigation for the tablet mode and adds picture-in-picture support for Android apps. It also shrinks the taskbar ever so slightly to give you more screen real estate.

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Samsung promises to bring Android 10's gesture navigation to third-party launchers in future software update

Samsung promises to bring Android 10's gesture navigation to third-party launchers in future software update

Samsung's upcoming One UI 2.5 update will deliver support for full-screen gesture navigation in third party launchers, according to a statement made by a Samsung representative on the company's community forums. That means you'll be able to use things like Lawnchair or Nova Launcher on One UI 2.5 devices without giving up the new gesture navigation system to do it.

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Hidden settings for back gesture sensitivity surface in Android 11, but they don't work yet

Hidden settings for back gesture sensitivity surface in Android 11, but they don't work yet

As of now, it doesn't actually do anything, but a hidden setting that controls separate left and right back gesture sensitivity has surfaced in Android 11. The new "Gesture Settings" screen (accessible via a hidden activity) has a pair of sliders that may eventually control how the edge back gesture added in Android 10 works. At least you can enjoy a snazzy animation in the meantime.

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