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Google releases Android Q Beta 6 with last-minute updates

Google releases Android Q Beta 6 with last-minute updates”

Because of this fragmentation, Android Q's gestures will be the default gesture navigation for new Android Q+ devices.

In any case, we're expecting the final version of Android Q to be dropped at any minute now.

For app developers, Android Q Beta 6 brings all the latest APIs, system standards, and features that Google will reveal in the last release of the Linux-powered operating system sometime this month.

The blog post explains that Google did an in-depth research on how users interact with their phones, how they hold them, speed-of-use, ergonomics, and studied "how quickly users learned the system, how quickly users got used to the system, how users felt about it".

The company says it's made a decision to focus on gestures because they can be faster and feel "more natural", they're less likely to be triggered accidentally, and they mean apps don't have operating system navigation buttons cluttering their interfaces.

But, with these positives being stated, Google also realizes that gestures do not invoke the same reaction from every user. 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. Apart from the native camera app and back gesture behavior, the giant has fixed all the bugs encountered by the users. "However, all these paths led to users pulling in the drawer when they were trying to go Back and having less confidence that Back would work", the post added.

The Mountain View company, however, states that a gesture model for system navigation will give users more screen space to interact with. XDA-developers.com called it a "mess". Otherwise, users can download the platform online.

Swipes can also be more "intentional" than software buttons that might be pressed accidentally when picking up a phone. It blames fragmentation over and above gestures not working for users, the learning curve, and an app's navigation pattern. However, there is one aspect Google worked on: gesture navigation tweaks. Google is hopeful to resolve this issue before the release of Android Q.

It's important to note that this is not the final build and only intended for developers to test their apps. It also found users took on average one to three days to adapt to gestures.



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