Google rolled out the latest Android security patch today. As usual, along with the security patch, the update also brought in some new features for Pixel devices, including a much-awaited feature: gesture navigation support on third-party launchers (via 9to5Google).
This means you can now choose from any number of launchers on the Google Play Store and still use Google’s new gesture navigation system. This includes swiping in from either bottom corner of the display to activate Google Assistant.
Curiously, the new feature comes to every device in the Pixel line except for the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. The reason those devices don’t have the feature is that, for whatever reason, the update hasn’t rolled out for those two devices as of yet. However, every other Pixel device — including the OG Pixel and Pixel XL — should have gesture navigation support on third-party launchers now.
For now, anyway, Pixel 4 users will be stuck using the Pixel Launcher if they want to use gesture navigation.
Finally, if you are using the Pixel Launcher you can now swipe down from anywhere on the home screen to pull down the navigation shade. This will be a welcome update when it lands on the Pixel 4, as users can’t easily drop down the shade since that device has no fingerprint sensor.
We’ll keep you posted as soon as the update lands for Pixel 4 devices. In the meantime, click here to get it on all other Pixels.
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Author: C. Scott Brown