Android Q Beta 5 lands today officially. As expected, not many changes or new features are provided. This is the first developer-released release candidate to test their apps before final release later this summer. However, there are some new improvements in Beta 5.

The cornerstone to activate the wizard (combined with the new animation that was only discovered yesterday) is now official. A new "peek" behavior for the back gesture works better with apps that use pull-out navigation drawers, as Google revealed earlier. Swiping over the edge to return was in many apps conflicting with triggering this menu.

Google has also indicated that in the near future, third-party launcher programs will default to the old, three-button navigation system. (Google claims in Beta 6, although the change was detected in an early version of Beta 5.) An "after-start update" will provide gesture support for third-party launcher so you might land an update for Q (Android 1

0.1, maybe?) later this year. Find out more about what this means for consumers and developers later.

Developers who want to test their apps can read the blog post to learn more about API changes and recommended features for their Android Q apps: things like new biometrics and codecs, support for Dark Theme, and gesture navigation , Customers who want to try something early should read the release notes for known issues with Beta 5, including some site permission violations, unusual behavior in dark mode, WebView issues, and an Android Enterprise bug.

Flashing system image downloads are available, and page load OTA downloads have also been released. Those who have not signed up for the Android Q beta program will still be able to register their devices. An update for Q Beta 5 is expected soon. We'll let you know when we see the OTA strike for ourselves.