New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on March 19, 2020) follows:

Software navigation keys replaced the space-consuming hardware keys on smartphones only to be quickly replaced by a nifty solution that is gestures. This started with Android 9 Pie and has become even better with the recent release of Android 10.

Reading from the same notebook as Apple, Google introduced navigation gestures with Pie and like any novel idea on Android, it wasn’t the solution haters of software navigation keys wanted.

With the launch of Android 10, though, the search giant did the expected by shaking things up, but once again, things are still not as perfect as everyone would want.


Sure, one would argue that the presence of Samsung’s in-house navigation gestures in One UI 2.0 makes the situation a tad better for those on Galaxy devices. The company has included its navigation gestures alongside Android 10 gestures so that users have a choice.

Even better is that Samsung’s navigation gestures are compatible with third-party launchers. On the flip side, one of the major issues with the new Android 10 gestures is they are not compatible with several third-party launchers on some devices.

This includes Samsung Galaxy devices running the latest One UI 2.0 based on Android 10.


To fix this, Samsung is reportedly working on an updated One UI 2.5 that will add support for Android 10 gestures in third-party launchers on Galaxy devices. Below is a translated version of the content in the screenshot that follows after.

I am in charge of Home operation. Are you using a 3rd party launcher? Currently, the new Google gesture is not available in other launcher, so the More option button is disabled. When updating One UI 2. 5, we are using Google gestures in third-party launcher. One UI 2. 5 update schedule for each model is not confirmed, so please be forewarned.


At this point, though, there is no known timeline for when the One UI 2.5 update will arrive. But since it will still be based on Android 10, the assumption is that all devices on Android 10 (One UI 2.0) will also get it.

Chiming in, XDA’s Max Weinbach says that Samsung is indeed working on One UI 2.5, but there are no timelines regarding its availability for now.


Just so you know, Samsung is reportedly working on One UI 2.1 update for the Galaxy Note 10, S10, Note 9, and S9 family of devices. This version is already running on the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Z Flip out of the box.

Update 1 (August 19)

Samsung is set to bring Android 10 gestures support for third-party launchers with the upcoming One UI 2.5 update. At present, Android 10’s gestures don’t work well with other homescreen launchers such as Nova Launcher, Lawnchair Launcher, and more. See the full story here.

It seems that Samsung is close to release the Android 10-based One UI 2.5 update for the Galaxy Note 10 series and the Galaxy S10 series since new test builds have surfaced. The test firmware comes with the build number DTH4. Head here for more details.

Update 2 (August 21)

The One UI 2.1 update for the Samsung Galaxy S20 series has finally begun rolling out. The new update comes with the build number BTH5 and is available for users in Europe. Of course, it should begin rolling out in other regions soon. Head here for more details.

Update 3 (September 03)

IST: 05:23 pm: We reported earlier that Samsung Galaxy devices when upgraded to One UI 2.5 will support the Android 10 gesture with third party launchers. While the update has already arrived, the feature is somewhat broken and does not work as intended. See the full details here.

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Hillary Keverenge
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Tech has been my playground for over a decade. While the Android journey began early, it truly took flight with the revolutionary Lollipop update. Since then, it's been a parade of Android devices (with a sprinkle of iOS), culminating in a mostly happy marriage with Google's smart home ecosystem. Expect insightful articles and explorations of the ever-evolving world of Android and Google products coupled with occasional rants on the Nest smart home ecosystem.

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