Tag Archive: Gesture


Android 11 adds a ‘pause’ Motion Gesture on the Pixel 4

This new gesture lets you pause/play music on your Pixel 4 via an air tapping motion.

What you need to know The new gesture shows up in the first Android 11 dev preview released today. This gesture has its own on/off toggle in settings like current Motion Sense gestures do. As with all non-official Android builds, this feature may not make it into the final Android 11 released to the public.

Motion Sense gestures have  [Read More…]

For some reason, Google’s fast new Assistant requires gesture nav

Google Assistant will only operate in its speedy new offline mode if you use gestures on the Pixel 4.

Yes, you read that right. In a move that closely mirrors the way Google handled two-button navigation on the Pixel 3, gestural navigation will be required to use the new Google Assistant on the Pixel 4. Folks who prefer three-button navigation will be stuck with the old, slower Google Assistant according to posted documentation and Google spokespeople. Google  [Read More…]

Android 10 will make it harder to use third-party gesture navigation

Google is also killing Android Pie’s “pill” navigation with the 10 update.

What you need to know The latest update for Google Mobile Services outlines Google’s future for Android navigation. Custom gestures from companies like Samsung and OnePlus will be more difficult to find/use. Android Pie’s two-button navigation system is being killed off.

The current state of navigation on Android is a bit of a mess. Google introduced its first vision of gesture-based navigation with Android Pie,  [Read More…]

Android 10 gesture FAQ: How to use it and how to disable it

Android 10 is a big change for Android navigation. Let’s break it all down.

When Android Pie was released in 2018, Google introduced its first attempt at redoing Android’s navigation system. Pie got rid of the legacy three-button nav, and in its place, added a button/gesture hybrid system that wasn’t the most graceful by any stretch of the imagination.

Now with Android 10, Google’s redoing things yet again. This time, however, all of the buttons are completely  [Read More…]

Gmail gets account-switch gesture and hints at upcoming dark mode

The Gmail widget received a dark theme with this update.

What you need to know Gmail has received the quick-switch gesture to swap between accounts with the latest update. The new gesture allows you to switch between accounts with a swipe up or down over your profile photo. The Gmail widget and splash screen both have gone dark when your system theme is set to night mode.

Recently, Google has been updating some of its apps to  [Read More…]

Google Maps, Drive, and Contacts receive quick-switch gesture

The new gesture allows you to quickly swipe your profile photo up or down to switch between your Google accounts.

What you need to know Google has added a new quick-switch gesture to Google Maps, Drive, and Contacts over the past couple of weeks. The new gesture allows you to quickly swap between your Google accounts by simply swiping up or down over your profile photo. The most recent app to receive this feature is Google Contacts  [Read More…]

Google releases Android Q Beta 6, further refines gesture navigation

This is the last beta before the final build drops later this year.

What you need to know Google is now rolling out Android Q Beta 6. There are further improvements to Q’s gesture navigation. This is the final beta that Google is releasing before the official build drops.

Ever since the first public beta build was launched in March, Google’s been continuing to refine Android Q with beta update after beta update. Now, on August 7,  [Read More…]

Android Q gesture FAQ: Understanding how Android’s new gestures work

Android Q is a big change for Android navigation. Let’s break it all down.

When Android Pie was released in 2018, Google introduced its first attempt at redoing Android’s navigation system. Pie got rid of the legacy three-button nav, and in its place, added a button/gesture hybrid system that wasn’t the most graceful by any stretch of the imagination.

Now with Android Q, Google’s redoing things yet again. This time, however, all of the buttons are completely  [Read More…]

New gesture settings and animations are coming to Android Q Beta 5

There will be a back sensitivity setting as well as a new animation for launching Google Assistant.

What you need to know A Reddit user in the soak test has given us a sneak peek at a new setting and animation in Android Q Beta 5. The new setting pertains to the back gesture sensitivity and the new animation involves the launching of Google Assistant. It is still unknown when Google will start rolling out Android Q  [Read More…]

The back gesture is getting better in Beta 5, but it’s still a hot mess

Peeking and exclusion zones try to fix Google’s broken gesture system, but it’s still not enough.

What you need to know Leaked Beta 5 build shows new ‘Back Sensitivity’ option for gestures. A Google developer outlined new change that allows ‘peeking’ drawers for hamburger menus. Exclusion zone size limits also being introduced for back gesture conflicts.

There’s a lot of changes going on with Google gesture system in Android Q, and we’ve already said plenty about how  [Read More…]