Android Q finally gets the pull down for notification bar gesture, yay for ergonomics!

Android Q finally gets the pull down for notification bar gesture, yay for ergonomics!
The latest Android Q beta 5 is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to measuring up with great interface features that have been available on manufacturer overlays for a while. Better late than never, and that goes for all the navigational gestures that will be employed on system level when Android Q hits your handset.

Besides the swipe from bottom to get the home screen, or swipe from the sides to go back, there is one more indispensable gesture that makes life with big-screen phones inherently easier. We are talking about swipe down on an empty screen area to bring the notification bar, then swipe up to roll the shade back in its place, after you have read the notification or flipped on the Bluetooth connectivity switch, for instance.

It is so useful that we always get puzzled when we use a phone without it, and its implementation has been pretty inconsistent across phone makers. Samsung brought it to the S8 and Note 8, Huawei still doesn't have it, for instance, even though the other Chinese brands were the first to implement these useful gestures. Now that it has been unearthed working in Android Q beta 5 on a system level, it's safe to assume that all manufacturer overlays will be forced to employ it, hooray!

Using the new system gesture feels much smoother than most overlays, as it continuously tracks your finger's movement, so you can swipe down anywhere on the display, as you can see in the video below, and the notification shade will be unfurled without having to stretch all the way up on your 6" phone. Since beta 5 seems to be the final preview build, we are expecting that Google drops the Android Q commits to manufacturers very soon, and all this gesture bonanza finally seems here to stay. It took a while for the Android team to figure out ergonomics but, again, better late than never.

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13 Comments

1. TheOracle1

Posts: 2151; Member since: May 04, 2015

Things like this make me wonder what the stock android fans are constantly raving about. This is a necessity that's years late as usual.

3. Feanor

Posts: 1341; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Things like this make wonder what the Huawei fans are constantly raving about. They have an unnecessarily heavy skin with the sole purpose to ape iOS but when it comes to real usability, they don't even implement this indispensable gesture that is meanwhile present to nearly all other OEMs.

6. TheOracle1

Posts: 2151; Member since: May 04, 2015

Not quite correct there Feanor. Huawei has the feature but it brings up the universal (Google and apps) search bar instead whilst swiping from the top brings the quick settings panel etc. Meanwhile EMUI doesn't look anything like IOS but Oppo's ColorOS is an unashamed copy.

7. Feanor

Posts: 1341; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I know that swipe down brings the universal search. Which is neither helpful nor intuitive. Most people expect the gesture to bring down the notification bar. Also sorry, but have a look to the music, health etc icons of Huawei and then you'll see the iOS similarity. And not only; Phonearena had within a Huawei phone review a very comprehensive list of areas where EMUI copies iOS. It was not a small one.

8. TheOracle1

Posts: 2151; Member since: May 04, 2015

The icons are similar? That's such a pathetic argument. The icons change based on the theme you're using. Does that mean if the new icon is similar to a Lenovo icon they're copying them too? There may be some similarities in the UI but I'd accuse Oppo and Xiaomi long before Huawei.

2. AlienKiss

Posts: 92; Member since: May 21, 2019

I've had this for at least 6 years with Buzz Launcher. Boring! What I totally dislike is that they are disabling the gesture controls if you install a different Launcher. Funk you Google!

4. User123456789

Posts: 666; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I know that Samsung amd Sony android 9 you just need to swipe down to do it. As always stock is behind modified UIs.

5. pimpin83z

Posts: 391; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

My Note 8's been had the pull down for notification bar gesture, from any screen. Yay for One Hand Operation + & finger sensor gestures.

9. Krazyass69

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 09, 2019

Real reason why samsung is always late on updates cause they already have the features before the newest android is released think of it as beta

10. tokuzumi

Posts: 1843; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Love this on my S9. But it's not too difficult to use the fingerprint sensor gestures to display the notifications on my Pixel 3a.

11. donrox

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

Xperia 1 already has this gesture

12. 956400

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 11, 2019

so.. just like nova launcher had for years?

13. Polaris1983

Posts: 28; Member since: May 22, 2019

Talks into device and headset as ai translates language over the line to any language from english or to english.

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