The Last Beta Update for Android Q

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Android Q will feature a dark mode option, expanded Smart Reply functionality, overhauled permissions, and more new features.

"We've made further refinements to Gesture Navigation in Beta 6 based on user feedback", Google says.

The feature was first announced at Google I/O 2018 and is now launching in beta on Android devices and iPhones.

Google's decision to give gestures a try was inspired by the increasing adoption of these gestures by Android partners, as well as innovative Android apps such as our very own Navigation Gestures app (which Google mentioned in the blog post).

Well, thanks to folks on reddit, we've get an early look at what Google has cooked up for Android Q. In fact, Google says that is only "a few weeks away" as of today - for Pixel handsets.

Google claims its research with users found that Android Q was on par in ergonomics, faster to use, and equal when accessing recently opened apps. "You can request what you like, but the system will now only honour X amount from the bottom (currently 200dp)".

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Now, Both phones are under the testing phase with Android Q beta 6. The gesture navigation system is the biggest change to the UX in recent times, as they fundamentally alter how users would be navigating across the OS. With that, the sensitivity preference setting for the Back gesture has also been added to render a smooth functioning.

Google said users took on average of 1-3 days to adapt to gestures but became "fluent".

Chris also tweeted addressing navigation drawers "The drawer behavior is changing". For example, if users need to be able to swipe left and right to navigate through a gallery, the dev can disable the gesture for that portion of the display.

Android Q will be turned in the phone this week.

Android Q Beta 6 is now available for the intrepid to download, alongside the final version of the Software Development Kit (SDK) for API v29 in Android Studio. The Android Q beta 6 update is rolling out over-the-air, so if you've enrolled for the beta program then you'll receive the update. Also, some reports indicate that the Pixel 4 and 4XL may come with an additional "DSLR-like accessory" to boost the photography a notch higher for photographers. Also, make sure to see the release notes for anticipated issues.

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