In hindsight, it was a curious omission, but when Google debuted the diagonal swipe motion to trigger the assistant in Android Q / 10, the only way to disable it was to change the navigation mode or just straighten it off the assistant as a help app. . Now, starting with Android 1

2 Beta 3, there is something you can disable separately if you want.

In case you are not familiar or choose to live a gesture-free life, Android’s somewhat recent and iOS-inspired gesture navigation system also adds a corner gesture to trigger Google Assistant – convenient, given that you can not long press a start button that is not there. Swipe inward at a 45-degree angle from the corner, and it triggers, activating the assistant easily. And it’s not just on Pixels; the latest Android phones have the feature if you enable gesture navigation without a button.

Left: Beta 2. Right: Beta 3.

The new gear lives in the deeply nested sub-menu Gesture Settings (Settings -> System -> Gestures -> System navigation -> gear next to gesture navigation) and does exactly what you expect. Press it, and poof, the corner gesture is no more. If you try the maneuver while the feature is disabled, it will be picked up as an app switch gesture instead.

While it’s nice that Google added the option, it’s also a little curious that there was nothing people cried about at first. After all, it has mainly been activated by force when the assistant is set as the “Assist” app while motion navigation is turned on until now. The only way before turning it off without messing around with root or ADB was to disable one of the two things directly. But in the future, you now have the choice of whether you want to use the corner trigger or not – if, for example, you like Android 12’s new iPhone-like on / off shortcut better and do not want two actions for the same thing.