At Google I/O 2022, which kicks off Wednesday, May 11th and ends the next day, one of the events is called “Back to the basics of System Back,” and will be held Thursday, May 12th, at 9 am PT/12 noon ET. With the listing of the event Google wrote, “Discover how the future of Android will help you create predictive back navigation along with satisfying animations.”
The back gesture on Android has been a source of frustration for many users. When all they wanted to do was swipe left or right, it often took them back a page, through menus, or to the home screen. Google has been working on this for a while and may finally have a solution that app developers can adopt to make this action less of a hassle for app users. On May 12th at 9 a.m. PT, Google I/O will host a session on predictive gestures.
Google will hold an event at Google I/O to discuss a predictive back gesture for Android – Google working on predictive back gestures to improve Android. Google will hold an event at Google I/O to discuss a predictive back gesture for Android. In other words, Google appears to be working on “predictive back navigation” which sounds like some feature that would jive perfectly with Google’s work on AI and Machine Learning. Perhaps over time, Android will learn what your intent is when you use the back gesture based on previous use of the navigation. This sounds quite promising and we are certain to learn more about it at the I/O developer conference.
Android users can customize the sensitivity of the back gesture – Google working on predictive back gestures to improve Android. Android users can customize the sensitivity of the back gesture. Users can still return to three-button navigation by going to Settings > System > Gestures > System Navigation. You’ll be given two options, Gesture navigation or 3-button navigation. If you are having problems now with the back gesture and are so frustrated that you can’t wait for Google to announce an improvement, you can adjust the sensitivity of the back navigation in order for it to work like it should. Android users can set the sensitivity of the back gesture in an attempt to customize it perfectly
This writer has accidentally set off the back gesture several times when the intent was just to swipe to the left and if this has happened to you, you know how aggravating it can be. There is often a thin line between having the back gesture work like it should or using the gesture and going back a page by accident. When full gesture navigation debuted on Android 10, some users were so frustrated with the back gesture that they decided to use the three-button navigation instead.
This can be done by going to Settings > System > Gestures > System Navigation. Tap on the Settings gear icon that is under the System navigation heading and you’ll see a sliding scale that will make the sensitivity of the gesture lower or higher for both the left and right edge (by default it is set exactly in the middle).
You can play around with the sliding scale to see if you can find a placement that will accommodate you. Keep in mind that if you have the back gesture less sensitive. If you are accidentally setting off the back gesture too many times when all you wanted to do was swipe left or right, drag the slider toward low. On the Pixel models you will see separate sliders for left and right edges so you can control the sensitivity of slide out menus that are om the left edge or the right edge. Most Android users would never dream of returning to the three-button navigation once they have left it for the gestures. To even consider such a thing, you would have to have had an extremely frustrating time using the back gesture.