Google reportedly testing iOS-like Navigation Gestures in Pixel Launcher

Google recently announced the first beta release of its upcoming Android version, Android Q. Now, we are not aware regarding the final name for Android Q. However, we certainly know that the stable version of Android Q will be released around August of this year. Until then, we have our time guessing what could be the name of Android Q.

Now, we know that every new version of Android comes with plenty of new features. Similarly, Android Q also comes with various improvements under-the-hood. From the outset, we will not see major changes from Android P to Android Q. However, there are various features hidden at the moment.

One of those hidden features has now been found out by XDA-Developers. Also, this is the change that everyone has been asking for. Google is working on changing Navigation Gestures for Android Q. It is also interesting to note that the hidden Navigation Gestures are very similar to iOS’ Navigation Gestures.

As we mentioned earlier, these navigation gestures are hidden at the moment. Therefore, you still get the default navigation gestures that were present on Android Pie even if you are on Android Q Beta 1. These hidden gestures have been found by paphonb who is a senior XDA member.

These gestures can be enabled from inside the Pixel Launcher found on Android Q Beta 1. However, Ppahonb managed to enable the hidden feature by enabling a flag. This could reveal the navigation gestures in action and the video has also been posted which is attached below

With these hidden Navigation Gestures, you can do the following:

  • Swiping right on the pill now uses a more seamless transition animation when changing tasks.
  • Swiping left on the navigation bar can now switch to the task you just left. The transition animation here is a work-in-progress.
  • Swiping up on the pill goes home. A new animation has been made for this gesture.
  • Swiping up and holding on the pill shows the recent apps overview.
  • Swiping up on the navigation bar while on the launcher now only shows the app drawer.
  • Swiping down anywhere on the home page now brings down the notification panel.