Gesture navigation is a core part of Android and plays a crucial role in how users interact with their phones every day. Providing a consistent and predictable interaction is critical for creating a high-quality user experience. Ensuring your app works with gesture navigation helps create a more harmonious UX that the platform aims to achieve in Android 13 and forward by supporting the ahead-of-time APIs and removing support for KEYCODE_BACK and onBackPressed APIs.

In this session, we’ll learn best practices for gesture navigation by transforming an app with a poor UX into one that users will love. These APIs handle common quality aspects such as: enabling predictive back gesture, managing visual overlaps to support edge-to-edge, handling gesture conflicts for visual components, leveraging immersive modes, and more.