Whether you love or hate gestural navigation, one thing is clear: gestures are a mess.

What you need to know Google is using its service agreements as leverage to force gesture conformity. Tweaked ‘back’ gesture will include screen space allocation for swipe-in menus and Edge Panels. Gestures will finally work properly with third-party home screen launchers in the near future.

Ever since vendors started cooking up their own solutions for gestural navigation a few years back, the landscape has become convoluted and confusing for users and developers alike. Google is looking to clear that up for everyone with a handful of new guidelines for smartphone vendors. These will apply to all new Android phones launched after January 1, 2020.

We’ve already covered how Google will be making third-party navigation more difficult to enable out-of-the-box, but there’s a lot more to these new gesture requirements than Google outright banning something.

When it comes to user interface elements, there are lots of things fighting for screen real estate. Aside from navigation gestures, we’ve seen plenty of other swipe-inward actions appear over the years, most notably from Samsung. The Edge Panel, as debuted on the Galaxy Edge devices some years ago, appears

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