Android Q Beta 2 landed earlier today, with a significant set of changes to the gesture system originally introduced via Android Pie. New gestures can not release as much space as Apple, as they still need a navigation bar, but they are definitely similar to iOS, allowing you to pull the "pill" in any direction to switch apps (finally .)


] Gesture navigation on Android 9 Pie (above) and Android Q Beta 2 (below).

The new gestures completely replace the old ones and are obviously a little misleading, as the search bar in the multitasking menu is displayed during the use. And while new gestures add the ability to download the pill in any direction to switch between apps one at a time, they also take the opportunity to use gestures at all from the home screen or from the multitasking menu (shown above).

Moving to a running application from the Home screen now requires you to enter and select the multitasking menu instead of turning right to the last open application. Similarly, you can no longer navigate the long horizontal list in the multitasking interface.

Overall, the changes seem to coincide with what the XDA has noticed hidden in their recent Pixel Launcher experiments, and the animation aspects reminisce of an error we thought we noticed in Android Q Beta 1

when we performed a quick circular gesture from the original button – although it only worked in one direction and seemed to be a combination of animations from pulling and pushing to the right, there was a similar error with the search bar displayed.

Additionally, the style of the navigation bar can also be changed completely. The XDA detects a setting (changing by ADB), which allows a navigation bar that finally leaves the return button – even if it still loses space with a large black bar. Be careful, however, because the substitution does not have full functionality. With enabled, I can not find a way to get back to the home screen, for example.

Let's hope that all these gesture changes will eventually lead to a more intuitive and really useful system.