Google releases final beta for Android Q and changes the back gesture yet again

Reports reached us from our sources stating that according to Google, the release of the official version of Android Q is almost upon us. The company on its own words said that the release is “just a few weeks away”. That is to say that the final beta version of the Android OS which is the beta 6 of Android Q is out. Having taken a look at the OS, our sources state that there’s not much of a difference between this recent beta version and the previous ones except for the little upgrade that Google did to the back gesture. Part of the release comes with a “final API 29 SD, and updated build tools for Android Studio”.

The new back gesture behavior is going to be on a lot of people’s minds and that is why Google made a description:

“We’ve made further refinements to Gesture Navigation in Beta 6 based on user feedback. First, to ensure reliable and consistent operation, there’s a 200dp vertical app exclusion limit for the Back gesture. Second, we’ve added a sensitivity preference setting for the Back gesture.”

The “200dp vertical app exclusion limit” might be a little tricky to understand to folks and therefore requires elaboration – so it means that in essence, apps that do not want to be affected by the back gesture are free to that however under the condition that they can only stop the back gesture from working on 200 “density-independent pixels.”

The motive behind this is that some apps will allow you to swipe through certain things – such as a slide in a gallery – in such a way that a portion of the screen is exempted thereby creating less opportunities for you to trigger the back button without meaning to. Another case is a slider on a video – an exclusion is set so that an easy way to grab the slider and move it towards the screen’s edge will be created.

More so, there is a “back gesture sensitivity” option that’s been newly added, our sources report. Once you have activated gesture navigation in the beta, the “back gesture sensitivity” option allow you select between low and high, what you prefer. There’s no way to determine how much space is left on the screen for the back gesture, be that as it may, the window is wider when you set it really high. There’s a pop up warning which states that “Higher sensitivity may conflict with any app gestures along the edges of the screen.”

Google said that it is changing gesture settings as a result of the feedback it got from its users and right now the company is trying to teach developers how these gestures work.

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