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Google launches the fifth Android Q beta with gestural navigation updates

(Tech) The preview includes system images for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, and the official Android Emulator. If you’re already enrolled in the beta program, you’ll automatically get the update to Beta 5. Like the last two betas, Google is also bringing Android Q Beta 5 to third-party phones over the coming weeks.



In addition to the Pixels, here are the supported third-party devices (full list): Asus ZenFone 5Z, Essential Phone, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, LGE G8, Nokia 8.1, OnePlus 6T, Oppo Reno, Realme 3 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ3, Tecno Spark 3 Pro, Vivo X27, Vivo Nex S, Vivo Nex A, Xiaomi Mi 9, and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G.

Google launched Android Q Beta 1 in March, Android Q Beta 2 in April, Android Q Beta 3 in May, and Android Q Beta 4 in June. Beta 1 brought additional privacy and security features, enhancements for foldables, new connectivity APIs, new media codecs and camera capabilities, NNAPI extensions, Vulkan 1.1 support, and faster app startup. Beta 2 added multitasking Bubbles, a foldables emulator, and a new MicrophoneDirection API.

Beta 3, which launched at I/O 2019, brought 5G support, foldable improvements, more privacy enhancements (defining when apps can get location, restricting background launching, preventing tracking), biometrics improvements, TLS 1.3, suggested actions in notifications, Smart Reply in notifications, Live Caption, Focus Mode, Dark Theme, gestural navigation, and Project Mainline. Beta 4 came with final Android Q APIs and the official SDK.

Beta 5 does have some new tricks up its sleeve. The gestural navigation has been updated in a few key areas. You can use a new swipe gesture from either corner to get to the Google Assistant.

Beta 6 will switch you back to the three-button navigation by default when you are using a custom launcher. In fact, Google says it won’t address the remaining issues before Android Q launches. 

Android Q is on a tight schedule, as developers test for compatibility and give feedback. To help Google keep the betas coming, you can file platform issues, app compatibility issues, and third-party SDK issues.


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