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Google may be testing a new swipe back from the side gesture in Android Q

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Android Q is bringing a ton of new user-facing features like floating bubble notifications, a system-wide dark themedesktop modenew privacy controls, and more. Google is also addressing the many complaints users have towards Android Pie‘s gesture controls. We’ve seen multiple tweaks to the way gestures work, with one of the changes even making its way into the second Android Q beta release. Although we don’t know which gesture implementation Google will settle on for the final release, we have found yet another one of Google’s gesture experiments. This time, we found what appears to be a swipe back gesture.

Swipe Back Gestures

Gesture controls in Huawei’s EMUI and Xiaomi’s MIUI ditch the back button in favor of a swipe gesture that involves swiping from the left or right side to go back. I’m personally not a fan of this kind of gesture since it interferes with the navigation drawer of many Android apps that follow Material Design guidelines. Nonetheless, it seems that Google is at least experimenting with this form of gesture control, as first spotted by XDA Senior Member paphonb. He recorded the following video showing off the new gestures in the Android Q system image from Android Studio’s emulator. As you can see, the gesture is currently not functional, but the arrow that appears from the sides suggests it’ll perform the back action once the code is fully implemented.

We confirmed that this new gesture is present in Android Q beta 2 on the Google Pixel 2 XL. Enabling it requires a few simple ADBcommands:

adb shell settings put global prototype_enabled 1
adb shell settings put global quickstepcontroller_edge_width_sensitivity 48
adb reboot

Again, do note that the gesture currently doesn’t work even though you can see the animation. Also, the sensitivity of the gesture, in other words how far away from the sides you’re allowed to start the gesture from, may be dependent on the screen resolution and density. We’re just forcing a number here for demonstration purposes.

Lastly, the video shows the potential swipe back gesture along with the new iPhone X-style gesture bar we previously spotted. The iPhone X gesture bar lacks a swipe back gesture in its current form, so it’s possible that the new gesture bar will be paired with this new swipe back from the side gesture. We’re getting close to this year’s Google I/O where we may learn more about Android Q’s new gestures.

Navigation Bar Color Changes

Another tweak spotted by paphonb involves a subtle change in the way the gesture bar is colored. According to paphonb, the tweak makes the gesture bar “turn dark based on what’s actually behind it, instead of what the app tells.” He recorded the following video to show off the change, which is best shown during the transition between the home screen page and the app drawer.

Enabling it involves sending the following ADB command:

adb shell settings put global navbar_color_adapt_enable 1

We were aware of these ADB commands since we first got our hands on the Android Q leaked build back in January, but neither feature was implemented at the time so we couldn’t enable them to find out exactly what they did. Now that they’re at least partially working in the second Android Q beta, we can once again show off what Google has been experimenting on under-the-hood. If we spot any more changes like this ahead of Google I/O, we’ll let you know.


Update 1: How to get the swipe back gesture working

The swipe back gesture works if you also enter the following ADB command:

adb shell settings put global quickstepcontroller_gesture_match_map 172233

More details on how this works can be found here.

Source: XDA

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Android 10 reportedly rolling out to Pixel phones on Sept. 3

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The release of the next generation of Android may be at hand. Google is expected to release Android 10 on Tuesday, according to a carrier support page spotted by 9to5Google.

The new operating system is scheduled to roll out to all Pixel phones, according to a page posted by Canadian carrier Rogers Communications, 9to5Google reported. The Rogers support page listed Sept. 3 as the launch date of “Q OS” for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.

The mention of update has since been removed from the support page, but a support page at Canadian carrier Telus also lists Tuesday as the release of “Android Q.”

Google and Rogers didn’t didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Google released the first preview version of the software in March and demoed more features at its annual I/O developer conference in May.

The company announced in August that the next generation of its mobile operating system — previously called Android Q — will be known as Android 10. No date was given at the time for when the new software would be made available. 

One of Google’s key selling points for Android 10 is a new approach to keeping personal information private. The new privacy features come in the form of more granular location controls and a dedicated privacy section in the settings app.

Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/android-10-reportedly-rolling-out-to-pixel-phones-on-sept-3/

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Why you probably shouldn’t install iOS 13 and the other betas just yet

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Apple this week officially released the first developer beta of iOS 13. As always, many people are eager to install the new iOS version and try the latest features, but there are several reasons why you should probably hold off. After all, it is a very early beta and is bound to have numerous problems.

Should you install the iOS 13 beta?

Apple itself acknowledges that the first beta of iOS 13 is buggy, warning “thrill seekers” that they should probably wait for the public beta coming next month:

Important Note for Thrill Seekers: If you’re interested in living on the edge and trying out the great new features in iOS 13, we strongly advise waiting for the many bug fixes and refinements coming to the public beta next month.

iOS 13 includes all of the problems you’d expect from an early iOS beta. That means a warmer-than-usual device temperature, completely unoptimized battery life, and numerous interface quirks, app crashes, and more.

Across all five of the new betas, iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, you’ll run into compatibility issues with third-party apps. These betas are designed to give developers the opportunity to update their applications ahead of the stable releases this fall, and you shouldn’t expect applications to run as-expected until then.

Apple has also increased the difficulty level of the install with this year’s iOS 13 beta. While it used an OTA system last year, the first beta of iOS 13 is available only as a direct download from Apple’s Developer site. It also requires that you have the Xcode beta installed and that you restore via iTunes.

Apple will eventually release public beta versions of macOS 10.15, iOS 13, and tvOS 13. Those will likely come next month and will represent a more stable, but still buggy, way for the general public to test out the latest and greatest operating systems. The public betas, and future developer betas, will be available as over-the-air updates as well, dramatically simplifying the install process.

If you’re still tempted to try iOS 13 and the other betas in their current beta form, our advice is to install them on devices that you don’t rely on day-to-day. This will let you try out the new features, while also preserving the experience on your daily devices.

Source: https://9to5mac.com/2019/06/05/install-ios-13-beta-guide/

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Huawei folding phone(Mate X) reappears to boast 5G speed

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Since the start of problems Huawei with the United States, many users who have thought about the launch of Mate X. The Huawei phone with folding screen had planned to reach the market this June, and doubts about its release do not stop creating as the days pass. Where is Mate X?

First 5G tests with the Huawei Mate X

The latest clues come with official information, as the president of the Huawei smartphones branch has shared some images in which you can see some speed tests carried out with the famous phone with a folding screen. The images reveal that the maximum speed reached in the tests of Speedtest reached 1 gigabit per second, while the rise was at 100 megabytes per second.

This is undoubtedly excellent news for those interested in knowing about the first Huawei folding phone. We hope that the program runs its course and this same month when we see the phone for sale (even if only in China), although it is clear that the doubts will continue on which licenses will be affected when marketing it and, basically, what such will respond the screen to everyday use, something that as we could see did not sit well at the option of Samsung.

On the other hand, Gang assured that the speeds obtained in the laboratory tests reached the figure of 1.2 Gbps, so technically the phone is able to reach higher cruising speed, although we are very much afraid that in conditions normal the result will be similar to that of the video. At this point, there is no doubt that the 5G is tremendously fast, right?

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The mobile download speed can surpass 1 Gbps using the #5G network, He Gang, head of Huawei’s smartphone unit proved in a vlog with Huawei’s foldable Mate X handset on Tuesday.

Huawei mate x 5g testing using a customized Android version?

Taking a deeper look at the video, we can see how this unit of Mate X has a home screen where no icon of any application belonging to Google appears . It is something that could simply be a measure not to promote the company that has left out, a simple custom configuration or something even more complex, are we facing a version of Android customized by Huawei ?

This last option is the most rocambolesque, but there is another detail that is equally suspect: why is a virtual start button placed on the screen? Until now, the device had been showing the lower status bar with the classic buttons of Android, and in the case of not showing it, an upward gesture would be enough for it to reappear. As we said, these are suspicious details that generate enough doubts about the version of the operating system that is running the device, but for now, we will turn a blind eye and focus only on the results of the 5G tests.

Source: https://heraldpublicist.com/huawei-folding-phonemate-x-reappears-to-boast-5g-speed45678/

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