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cd993

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Sorry if I've missed a thread and/or discussion on this, but looking to see if anyone can recommend a decent replacement for gesture navigations.

Perhaps one works better with third party launchers such as Nova and offers more features than standard gestures?

Any info appreciated!

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foobar66

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There are multiple, e.g. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.agooday.fullscreengestures

However, the gestures are handled by the Pixel launcher which you must disable, otherwise risk of gestures that interact which gives strange effects.

When the Pixel Launcher is disabled however, the "recent" apps list can no longer be used (as it is also implemented by the Pixel launcher). And AFAIK, Nova does not have a recents implementation.
 
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cd993

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There are multiple, e.g. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.agooday.fullscreengestures

However, the gestures are handled by the Pixel launcher which you must disable, otherwise risk of gestures that interact which gives strange effects.

When the Pixel Launcher is disabled however, the "recent" apps list can no longer be used (as it is also implemented by the Pixel launcher). And AFAIK, Nova does not have a recents implementation.
Thanks for the reply.

Hmm so perhaps not sounding so great, in the sense of conflicting gestures and the impact of having pixel launcher disabled... Hmmm!

Habe you or anyone a success story of replacing stock gestures smoothly?
 

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I been using Vivid NG for a few years now and also on this phone. I set up system gestures to 3 button and use a navbargone magisk mod in the themes section to remove it. Make sure you have whatever alternative you will use set up prior. I don't disable pixel launcher at all but I guess when switching to 3 button nav I don't need to.

Using Nova launcher as well.

Vivid has a total of 9 trigger zones and a total of 9 triggers per zone with a total of 81 triggers if maxed out.
 
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I'm using Nova and fluid NG or fng on the store. I have the nav bar gone module installed. Fng allows up to 4 triggers on each side of the phone with both a quick pull and a long pull option for each trigger, so really 8 triggers total.

Reccommend switching to 3 button nav if going to this route.

 

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Brilliant ... also just installed FNG, set system navigation to 3 buttons, hide navbar ... that works a lot better with Nova and you can still use the 'recents' from the Pixel Launcher !!!

All those annoying 'screen flashes' are now gone it seems ...
 
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foobar66

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Just to summarize my setup:

- Nova launcher
- Settings > System > Gestures > System navigation > 3 buttons
- Use https://forum.xda-developers.com/f/google-pixel-6-pro.12313/ to hide the 3 button nav nar
- Install FNG and configure your nagivation (bottom/left/right) as you want (see https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fb.fluid)

This works brilliantly with Nova. I don't have those occasional weird screen flashes any more (which arise from interation between Nova/Pixel launcher and the standard gesture) and you can still have 'recents' from the Pixel launcher (configure it in FNG). And the ghost touches when you go from an app back to HOME and then very quickly tap an icon are also gone!
 
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There are multiple, e.g. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.agooday.fullscreengestures

However, the gestures are handled by the Pixel launcher which you must disable, otherwise risk of gestures that interact which gives strange effects.

When the Pixel Launcher is disabled however, the "recent" apps list can no longer be used (as it is also implemented by the Pixel launcher). And AFAIK, Nova does not have a recents implementation.
I'm a little confused by this statement regarding Recents, I hope you can clarify for me. I'm using Nova Launcher Prime exclusively. I haven't disabled the Pixel Launcher, I just don't use it and I have Nova set to be my default one.

I'm using the Pixel's default gestures for Back, Home, and Recents just fine. I'm also using Nova's configurable gestures to swipe up for the app drawer, swipe down for the notification shade, and I use CleanSlate kernel's sweep to sleep.
 
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I use edge gestures. It's way more natural to navigate using the sides of your device. For example air swipe up for recents, swipe down to go home, touch and hold to drop down the notification shade, swipe and pull up to change brightness level etc

Amazing, amazing app.
 

foobar66

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I'm a little confused by this statement regarding Recents, I hope you can clarify for me. I'm using Nova Launcher Prime exclusively. I haven't disabled the Pixel Launcher, I just don't use it and I have Nova set to be my default one.

I'm using the Pixel's default gestures for Back, Home, and Recents just fine. I'm also using Nova's configurable gestures to swipe up for the app drawer, swipe down for the notification shade, and I use CleanSlate kernel's sweep to sleep.
I had these occasional screen flashes with Nova when switching back from an app to the Nova launcher (not sure why, somehow some weird interaction with gestures). I suspected it had something to do with the Pixel launcher, so disabled Pixel launcher.
Then indeed, the screen flashes were gone.
However, the "recent apps" list (swipe up and hold) does no longer work then as the recent screen (https://developer.android.com/guide/components/activities/recents) is implemeted by the Pixel launcher.
So I was in a dilemma:
a) eliminate screen flashes -> disable Pixel launcher -> no more recent apps screen
b) leave screen flashes -> leave Pixel launcher enabled -> recent apps list
So now, as said in previous post I have:
Nova + Pixel launcher enabled + 3 button navigation (no gestures) + hide nav bar + FNG (fluid navigation gesture)
That solves the problem of the screen flashes for me (and has additional benefit of more configurable gestures).

In addition, the other issue which I had was: if you go back from an app to Nova launcher and very quickly tap an icon on the Nova screen then sometimes that tap would not be picked up (waiting 0.5sec before tapping would solve that problem). Again, I suspect some weird interaction between Nova and Pixel launcher. But with the above combination also that issue seems to be gone for me now. So I'm much happier.
 
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roirraW "edor" ehT

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I had these occasional screen flashes with Nova when switching back from an app to the Nova launcher (not sure why, somehow some weird interaction with gestures). I suspected it had something to do with the Pixel launcher, so disabled Pixel launcher.
Then indeed, the screen flashes were gone.
However, the "recent apps" list (swipe up and hold) does no longer work then as the recent screen (https://developer.android.com/guide/components/activities/recents) is implemeted by the Pixel launcher.
So I was in a dilemma:
a) eliminate screen flashes -> disable Pixel launcher -> no more recent apps screen
b) leave screen flashes -> leave Pixel launcher enabled -> recent apps list
So now, as said in previous post I have:
Nova + Pixel launcher enabled + 3 button navigation (no gestures) + hide nav bar + FNG (fluid navigation gesture)
That solves the problem of the screen flashes for me (and has additional benefit of more configurable gestures).

In addition, the other issue which I had was: if you go back from an app to Nova launcher and very quickly tap an icon on the Nova screen then sometimes that tap would not be picked up (waiting 0.5sec before tapping would solve that problem). Again, I suspect some weird interaction between Nova and Pixel launcher. But with the above combination also that issue seems to be gone for me now. So I'm much happier.

Okay, thanks. I haven't noticed any screen flashes, thankfully.
 
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foobar66

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Okay, thanks. I haven't noticed any screen flashes, thankfully.
Yes it is weird ... but I do have 5 screens in Nova and my Nova backup file from which I restore is big/old ... possibly that has something to do with it ... I should probably re-setup Nova from scratch ... and I did some hackery inside the Nova backup to retain chrome shortcuts when I restore the Nova backup. Anyway, my setup is working great now with FNG gestures.
 
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    I'm using Nova and fluid NG or fng on the store. I have the nav bar gone module installed. Fng allows up to 4 triggers on each side of the phone with both a quick pull and a long pull option for each trigger, so really 8 triggers total.

    Reccommend switching to 3 button nav if going to this route.

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    There are multiple, e.g. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.agooday.fullscreengestures

    However, the gestures are handled by the Pixel launcher which you must disable, otherwise risk of gestures that interact which gives strange effects.

    When the Pixel Launcher is disabled however, the "recent" apps list can no longer be used (as it is also implemented by the Pixel launcher). And AFAIK, Nova does not have a recents implementation.
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    I been using Vivid NG for a few years now and also on this phone. I set up system gestures to 3 button and use a navbargone magisk mod in the themes section to remove it. Make sure you have whatever alternative you will use set up prior. I don't disable pixel launcher at all but I guess when switching to 3 button nav I don't need to.

    Using Nova launcher as well.

    Vivid has a total of 9 trigger zones and a total of 9 triggers per zone with a total of 81 triggers if maxed out.
    1
    Brilliant ... also just installed FNG, set system navigation to 3 buttons, hide navbar ... that works a lot better with Nova and you can still use the 'recents' from the Pixel Launcher !!!

    All those annoying 'screen flashes' are now gone it seems ...
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    Just to summarize my setup:

    - Nova launcher
    - Settings > System > Gestures > System navigation > 3 buttons
    - Use https://forum.xda-developers.com/f/google-pixel-6-pro.12313/ to hide the 3 button nav nar
    - Install FNG and configure your nagivation (bottom/left/right) as you want (see https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fb.fluid)

    This works brilliantly with Nova. I don't have those occasional weird screen flashes any more (which arise from interation between Nova/Pixel launcher and the standard gesture) and you can still have 'recents' from the Pixel launcher (configure it in FNG). And the ghost touches when you go from an app back to HOME and then very quickly tap an icon are also gone!