Google Chrome for Android is starting to roll out support for predictive back navigation.
This lets users see whether a back navigation swipe will exit the app and take them to the home screen.
Predictive back support is enabled by default for users on Android 15 running Chrome Canary but will trickle down to other channels in the near future.

One of the challenges of Android app development is figuring out how to retain users, which can be difficult to do when many of them accidentally exit apps when they swipe to go back on their Android phones. This happens because users often don’t know exactly what screen the back gesture will take them to. You’d think that wouldn’t be a problem for the Android operating system either, but that’s actually been a challenge that Google had to engineer around. Its solution is the predictive back gesture, a feature that has finally exited developer preview status and is now enabled by default in Android 15, and it’s starting to see adoption in several key Google apps such as Chrome.

Android’s predictive back gesture lets users preview the destination of the back gesture before they fully complete it. This lets them decide whether to commit to going back or to stay on the current page. For example, if a back gesture were to take the user back to their home screen, then the user will see a preview of their home screen as they’re swiping so they can decide whether to exit the app. The system even plays a “back-to-home” animation that, on supported Android launchers, elegantly minimizes the screen down to the app icon if it exists on the home screen.


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