As we move closer towards the release of Android Q, Google has pushed and rolled out the Android Q Beta 5 for all the Pixel Devices. Moreover, this is the final version of the Beta before the stable version is released. And, this will be the last sneak peek that the developers, as well as the Pixel smartphone users, can have on all the new features and functions that this Android Q will bring with the official stable release. This is one of the two candidate releases for the app developers to finalize their apps which will be based on the Android Q.
Moreover, this version will also be the last call for Google as well to address all the bugs and issues before the final release. And, with this beta build 5, we can see one of the major features that have been updated is the Gesture Navigation. Besides, Google has added the swipe gesture navigation that can be accessed from either bottom or sides to launch the Google Assistant. Another gesture function that has been added is the Peek gesture which allows the user to open the navigation drawer by tapping on the edge of the display and holding it briefly until the navigation panel comes out.
You can check out the Tweet by Chris Banes, from Google;
🚧 The drawer behavior is changing. Users will be able to open the drawer by peeking the drawer, and then swiping. Big benefit is that this works with existing apps with "old" DrawerLayout versions. pic.twitter.com/WVyOzQFzHO
— Chris Banes (@chrisbanes) July 2, 2019
You can check the official Android Q Beta 5 Release Note from Google’s Android Developers Blog below;
What’s in Beta 5?
The Beta 5 update includes the latest Android Q system images for Pixel and Android jEmulator, along with the final Android Q developer APIs (API level 29), the official API 29 SDK, and updated build tools for Android Studio. These give you everything you need to test your apps on Android Q and build with Android Q features.
Gestural navigation updates
As we talked about at Google I/O, we’ve been working closely with device-maker partners to ensure a standardized Android gestural navigation for users and developers. Gestural navigation lets apps use the full screen for content while minimizing the visible system chrome and navigation – which is particularly important on today’s edge-to-edge screens. In Beta 5 we’re continuing to improve and polish based on your feedback and we wanted to provide an update on a few key areas.
We’ve introduced a swipe gesture from either corner to get to the Assistant – you’ll notice indicators in the bottom corners that we’re continuing to tune.
For apps using a navigation drawer, we’ve added a peek behavior when users have grabbed the drawer to indicate that a swipe will bring in the navigation drawer. This works for all versions of DrawerLayout, with DrawerLayout 1.1.0-alpha02 optimized for the best experience.
Custom launchers are another area where we’ve heard feedback and we’re continuing to work on issues, particularly with stability and Recents. Starting in Beta 6, we’ll switch users to 3-button navigation when they are using a custom launcher by default. We’ll address the remaining issues in a post-launch update allowing all users to switch to gestural navigation. Meanwhile, please continue to give us your feedback.
We will also have to wait and see what other changes that this Beta 5 for the Android Q brings to the table. Meanwhile, you can follow the below links to download the Android Q Beta 5 for the Google Pixel Phones, and also for the Project Treble devices or you can also visit the Android Beta Page to enroll yourself to the Beta program for your device.