When Google pioneered gesture control in Android Pie for the first time, many enthusiasts thought Google's implementation was halfway through. For example, you can quickly switch apps in one direction only, and the swipe-up gesture to see the overview of the latest apps often results in the app tray being displayed instead. In addition, the transition animation between tasks does not feel seamless, and the presence of the back button is hotly debated. Fortunately, we know that Google is working on changes to navigation gestures controls in Android Q. We've already seen how Google can replace the back button with a gesture and how the transition animation can change for a quick change, but we've now discovered more adjustments to the gesture control thanks to hidden markers in the Pixel Launcher.
Unlike the hidden presets that you can access via ADB to change the gestures in the first Android Q-Beta, you can access the new gestures just by changing the default Pixel Launcher APK to its To highlight "developer options". XDA Senior Member paphonb, a developer who worked on root-less Pixel Launcher ports, OnePlus Launcher mods, and the Lawnchair Launcher app, modified the Pixel Launcher app to display these hidden flags. The following screenshots show the new menu "Developer Options" in the settings of the Pixel Launcher. When you open this menu, you can access a variety of new settings to control QuickStep, the name of the gesture, and the component of recent apps in Android Pie and Android Q.
If you enable these flags, the gesture behavior will be displayed in Android Q will change immediately. I tested these flags on my Google Pixel 2 XL, which runs the Android Q-Beta with the latest build from Magisk Canary. The first embedded video shows the revised gestures with these hidden pixel launcher flags. Here's a summary of the changes:
- Swiping right on the pill now uses a seamless transition animation when switching tasks.
- By swiping to the left in the navigation bar you can now switch to the task you just left.
- Swipe up on the pill goes home. A new animation was created for this gesture.
- Pressing the pill displays the current Apps summary.
- When you boot to the Home screen navigation bar, only the app tray appears.
Overall Due to these changes, the gestures of Android Q are more like the iPhone. The biggest difference is that the back button is still there.
Another change introduced with these flags is that you have much more time to undo accidental task firings in the current Apps dashboard
We are not sure if these new or previously discovered gestures will form the basis for the revised Android Q gesture controls. Obviously, Google does a lot of behind-the-scenes gestures. I therefore expect to see significant changes to gestures during Google I / O 2019. If you want to try these new gestures yourself, you can follow the short guide below. Be warned that these gestures contain some errors in their current form. For example, often invisible tasks are displayed that are inaccessible.
How to Enable Pixel Launcher's Hidden Developer Options in Android Q
- Download this Magisk module from AndroidFileHost. I created this module with permission from paphonb and tested it on my rooted Pixel 2 XL. It just replaces NexusLauncherRelease.apk in /product/priv-app.[19659005(OpenMagiskManager
- Tap the menu.
- Tap "Modules."
- Tap the + icon. 19659005] Locate and select the downloaded Magisk module.
- Restart the phone after installation.
- After restarting, open the Pixel Launcher settings and you should see the Developer Options menu.
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