Google is improving gesture controls on Android Q

Google is improving gesture controls on Android Q
Whether you like it or not, Android 9 Pie does introduce gestures to Android. Some find them to be lacking compared to the gestures offered on the 2018 Apple iPhone models and the iPhone X, but other Android users are satisfied. You might recall that when using the Android 9 gestures, the back button comes and goes. If it is possible for the user to go back a page, the button appears. Otherwise, it is not there.

Many of the complaints about the gesture controls in Android 9 deal with the back button and swipe up from the "pill" to open the app drawer. However, a pre-release version of Android Q obtained by XDA reveals that in the next build of Android, the back button could be removed and replaced by a gesture that requires the user to swipe the "pill" to the left to go back. Another change will allow users with an open app on the screen to swipe the "pill" to the right to view the previously active app. If one were to continue sliding the pill to the right, he will see his remaining open apps. Sliding on the "pill" while in the app launcher will allow users to run through all of their apps.

To recap, the pre-release version of Android Q reveals that the new navigational gestures will be as follows:

  • Tap pill to go "Home"
  • Long press on the pill opens Google Assistant
  • Short swipe up of the pill will take you to recent apps/multitasking
  • Long swipe up of the pill will open the app drawer
  • Slide pill to the right will allow you to view your recent apps
  • Quick swipe of the pill to the right will let you see the last app you've opened
  • Slide pill to the left to go back
Of course, by the time Google unveils Android Q during Google I/O (May 7th-May 9th, 2019), the gesture controls could be changed again.

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8 Comments

1. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I would hope they remove the 'pill' and nav bar altogether. Until Google does that, I don't see the purpose or advantage of it. I see it more like an interactive button than true gesture nav.

2. blingblingthing

Posts: 946; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

"Whether you like it or not, Android 9 Pie does introduce gestures to Android." I've had no issues with Google's implementation of gestures. I'm not sure who has.

4. Leo_MC

Posts: 7210; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Everybody else.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsung and Apple nailed them. Samsung had experience already with good lock 2018.

7. IT-Engineer

Posts: 535; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Actually, Oneplus has the best implementation among Android devices.

5. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Get rid of the pill and the wasted space. Swipe left/right from edge for back. Various apps with swipe from edge with menu, mandate a move to upper part of screen. Simple. It ain't rocket science Google. Come on.

6. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

They could use a flatter pill or just remove the bar and extend the UI down with a tiny black space for the bar over the UI.

8. yalokiy

Posts: 954; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Just remove the pill and use gestures a la oneplus, samsung, huawei. The pill doesn't improve on what old nav bar already was -- just a waste of precious screen space.

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