A new version of Android Q is deploy today, bringing us closer to the final version. This fifth beta is also the first version of Android Q. "publication candidate". Developers can test their apps against Beta 5 and be certain that they will work the same way with the final version launched later this summer. Although all the features of Android are pretty detailed at this point, there are some new features in Beta 5.
Google says all developers need to implement and test dark mode, gesture navigation, and collapsible optimizations. This last point seems terribly optimistic considering that Samsung has not yet managed to pull out its foldable phone.
Much of Google's Beta 5 effort revolves around refreshing motion navigation. As Google has announced to I / O this year, it will no longer be possible with clumsy two-button gesture navigation that debuted in Pie. Instead, Android will switch to an iOS style bar of gestures. This will however require some changes in the current operation of Android.
Beta 5 includes the new wizard shortcut that works well with gesture navigation. Previously, you would have long pressed the Home button to access Wizard. In Beta 5, you can slide your finger diagonally from the bottom left or right corner to access Wizard. Google's new gesture (swiping on the sides) seemed to break the navigation drawers in apps, but Google has a new peek behavior in version 5 that tells users to interact with the drawer rather than triggering the gesture. return.
Apparently, Google also admits that it does not have a good solution for third-party home screen launchers. Features such as the multitasking menu are part of the Home screen and therefore do not work properly with replacements like Nova or Action Launcher. Users will need to use traditional button navigation with these launchers until Google develops a solution, which will occur during a post-launch update for Android Q.
Android Q Beta works on all Pixel phones, as well as on some third-party devices. Google phones are getting OTA updates right now, but it will take a few days before the other preview program OEMs prepare the new versions. We expect that a new beta will be released in the coming weeks with very minor changes. After that, it will be the time of the final version. It's probably also when we discover what Google has decided to name Android Q – its options are far more numerous than those of previous letters.