Predictive return gestures in Android 13 will preview your destination before you’ve finished swiping

Apps will need to be updated to support this change, however

With the launch of Android 13 Beta 2 today, we finally have a better idea of ​​what this year’s major update will be. One of the more confusing things hidden in the Beta 1 code last month was the “predictive back gestures”, which has been the subject of much speculation over the past couple of weeks. With Google I/O, we finally have a better idea of ​​what these gestures will do once they go live.

As described by Google, these predictive gestures allow users to glance at your destination before they complete their swipe. That’s pretty close to what the likes of Mishaal Rahman predicted last month, making it easy for users to know where they’re headed before their finger crosses the screen. It’s very reminiscent of how the swipe to go home works, with a photo of your current background.


In the Google example – which unfortunately is currently inactive on the page describing the changes – the back gesture shows the home screen behind an active app, showing the user where they will land once the action is complete . Developers will need to update their app to support the new OnBackInvokedCallback API or the updated OnBackPressedCallback AppCompat API. It’s unclear if these changes will cause issues with third-party launchers, as previously expected.

Google says it will work with phones, tablets and foldables, so expect to see it in action on Pixels and other Android 13-enabled devices in the future. Although it is not yet available on Android 13 Beta 2, installing it on your phone only takes a few minutes of your time.

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