Pixel Launcher in Android Q Gets Swipe Down to See Notifications Gesture

Ruben Fields
July 10, 2019

Basically, if you use a third party launcher in beta 5, you can not use gesture navigation. According to a report by the folks at XDA Developers, the Pixel Launcher in Android Q Beta 5 may include a gesture that allows swiping down to expand the notification shade from anywhere on the homescreen.

The formal announcement of the new open beta testing program comes via a post by a Google employee to the Messages help community, together with a formal request that participants not "publicize or share the features you're testing until they're publicly available" - like anyone is going to adhere to that. Users can open the drawer by peeking the drawer and then swiping it. It's totally free to join and offers you an earlier look at the new features before the rest of the world gets them.

Apart from these new hints to summon Google Assistant, there is now a new animation along the bottom of the display with colored veins along with bottom edge, starting at both the corners and meeting at the center point of the display.

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From the video you can see that wherever you do the gesture, the bar will fall down as if youve pulled it from the top. Better late than never, and that goes for all the navigational gestures that will be employed on system level when Android Q hits your handset.

The last big change has to do with third-party launchers. So, Android enthusiasts should be ready to use either 2-button or 3-button navigation.

It'll also fix an issue that users were having in beta 4 when accessing the nav drawer. Beta 5 removes this, with the OS notifying you that it has updated the system navigation style if you switch to a third-party launcher.

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