Android Q Beta Finally Gets Google Assistant’s ‘Launch Gesture’

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The Android Q is still very much in its beta stage, and just ahead of its full launch it has added yet another important feature

The Fifth update for the Android Q Beta is rolling out already and it adds more feature and functionality to the existing ones. Among the newly added feature is the Google Assistant Launch Gesture, which according to Google was initially meant to be fine-tuned for Android Pie, however, for some reasons was delayed until now that it is been rolled out to Android Q Beta.

The Purpose of the ‘Launch Gesture’ is to make poking around phones with edge-to-edge screens feel a lot more natural. At that, you will be able to summon your Google Assistant by only having to ‘swap’ through the screen of your device, instead of using the alternative voice control. The feature also comes with “handles,” presumably on those corners of the screen, to serve as the gesture’s visual representation, so you don’t have to swap through any part of the screen.

While the feature is rolling out with Android Q’s fifth beta version that’s available for Pixel devices, there is no word on whether previous Android OS update like the Pie will benefit in the nearest future.

In addition to the Launch gesture, Google also introduces a feature namely “peek behavior” for apps that use navigation drawers — panels that can be accessed with a swipe or a tap, showing users an app’s main menu. Also, the peek behavior will let users know if they’ve grabbed the drawer and if continuing with the gesture would bring it in.

“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,” the tech giant said in its announcement.

Lastly, Google told that the Android Q Beta still have one more stage to pass through before it finally exits the test mode, however, the current iteration packs the majority of the thing we will see in the consumer version by the time it is finally released. For now, Pixel owners who have an interest in checking out the latest features can do so by having to check Google’s FAQs for more details or perhaps to enroll their devices for access.

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