The side menus – or the navigation drawers or the burgers menus, no matter what you call them – are a smudge at the heart of the Q. Android gesture navigation system. Slide on either side of the screen with the Activated gestures brings the user back to a layer, a behavior obviously at odds with menus intended to be accessed by the same action. The next beta update will address this discrepancy, according to googler Chris Banes.
It was announced to droidcon Berlin that, from Q Beta 5, with activated gestures, a prolonged pressure on the edge of the screen would "take a look" at the drawers menu and that the opening of this menu would go to the opening. This stealth behavior is present on older versions of Android and even on Q when gesture navigation is turned off, but when gestures are enabled, it currently triggers the animation of the back arrow.
Behavior The behavior of the drawer changes. Users will be able to open the drawer by taking a look at it and then sliding. The big advantage is that it works with existing applications with "old" versions of DrawerLayout. pic.twitter.com/WVyOzQFzHO
– Chris Banes (@chrisbanes) July 2, 2019
In the gesture navigation of Q Beta 4, you can access the navigation drawers by scanning the edge of the screen at an angle, but this action is so cumbersome that it gives the impression of 39; be a bug rather than an intentional decision of the user interface. Lately, many Android apps have avoided side menus in favor of a row of navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen, but the transition has been slow, with some applications even using both navigation paradigms (Google Photos). This change affects the entire system and does not require any modification on the part of the developers. As a result, beta users will immediately feel the benefits of this solution.
Android Q Beta 5 is expected to land at the end of the quarter, so expect improved gesture navigation in the coming days.
The new feature "peek" for gestures is present in Android Q Beta 5. Keep your finger just on the edge / with the gestures enabled to the side navigation drawer literally "peek" at you in Beta 5:
It usually works (sometimes, there is always a strange behavior with the interference of the back gesture), but it is not quite consistent given the narrowness of the trigger zone . All the applications I thought I could test were compatible, which makes sense since Google said it should work with any application using any version of DrawerLayout, the recommended method for these sliding navigation menus.
Gesture navigation no longer interferes with the basic functionality of applications, which is an important step in their progression.
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