(Pocket-lint) - According to some details revealed by XDA-Developers, Google is testing a revamped method of navigation in Android Q. Rather than get rid of its pill-shaped home button entirely though, it appears the company is getting rid of the back button.
If the leaked software ends up being on the final version of Android 10 Q (for Queen of Puddings?), it could see us switching to using the little pill button for all common navigation.
Like the current Google Pixel version of Android Pie, you'd tap on the home button to go home, and drag it upwards to switch to multitasking or open the app drawer. Presumably, you'd also drag it right to activate the quick app switch function.
Unlike the current Pixel version, there's no tiny triangular back button the left. Instead, the early beta software features the ability to drag left on home button to go back one step.
It's interesting to see Google still trying to retain its individuality in this gesture-based navigation method. Most other manufacturers who have gesture modes use a system similar to the iPhone X and XS families.
In these instances - from the likes of Huawei and Oppo - you swipe up to go home, swipe up and hold to launch recent apps, or swipe at the left or right to go back one step.
Perhaps Google feels the presence of a visible button on screen is comforting/familiar or just easier to use somehow.
Other changes we're expecting to see - mostly thanks to the investigation of XDA Developers - include built-in support for depth-sensing facial recognition hardware and the appropriate actions for those. We're also anticipating a new approach to app permissions and screen recording, as well as a mystery desktop mode.
Google's next software will undoubtedly be the star of the show at the company's next I/O event, which he suspect will be in late Spring, but if it's anything like last year we may see early developer builds as soon as March.