Android is Google’s mobile operating platform that runs on most devices across the globe that are not manufactured by Apple Inc.
The software is incredibly popular for its range of features and customisable options.
Every year the operating system is updated – its most recent version, Android 9 Pie, arrived back in August.
Android Q is the codename for the next version of the software and has been rumoured to bring a host of new changes for fans to look forward to.
In fact, XDA Developers recently stated it had been testing an early version of Android Q and noted the upgrade could introduce a system-wide dark mode, new permission settings and an integrated facial recognition system.
However, most recently the outlet has claimed Q could also rid of Android’s traditional back button in favour of a gesture.
The outlet showed a video clip of the new motion on a Google Pixel handset.
Swiping left on the Pixel’s pill-shaped home button was shown to perform the back function.
It was also discussed switching between apps had been revamped in Android Q.
XDA Developers said a swipe to the right from the home button moves the user to the last app they had open.
Repeating such a motion was claimed to open other active programmes.
The new claim appears to suggest Google plans to build on the gestures it introduced for Android 9 Pie.
Android 9 Pie unified the software’s multitasking and home button into a single pill-shaped icon.
A half-swipe up on the software operates as a way of opening the system multitasking menu while a full swipe up summons the app drawer.
However, Google’s navigation gestures have been criticised by Android fans for not providing enough differentiation between these functions.
In fact, Express.co.uk can confirm, after using a Google Pixel 3 device extensively since its launch, the software’s gesture to open the multitasking field of view frequently takes precedence over the one that summons the app drawer.
This means the user is forced to habitually swipe up once to reveal the multitasking menu of the software and once again to display the list of programmes.
Such a design decision is easily one of the worst offered in Android 9 Pie.
The new report from XDA Developers made no mention this method of navigation was set for a change.
This means Android Q may require the same motion to summon the multitasking view and app drawer.
If true, this means the new operating system could fail to fix the Google problem in question.
However, it is worth noting the gesture changes mentioned by the outlet are subject to change and have not been officially confirmed by the Mountain View company.
Android Q is presumed to be released at around the same time of year as its predecessor.