Every year Google introduce new Android OS for user as a upgrade similarly like Android P named as Pie introduced last year by Google, similarly the Android Q is to be released by Google in February 2019.
We will receive its updates in supported smartphones by the end of 2019 as it takes more than 6 months for companies to make a stable build for their models. Yet, the Android Pie update is rolling out in many devices and most of the devices have not yet received the Pie update yet.
Android Q early build has started, and it is in Development stage, a new video has surfaced online which reveals some of the most prominent features of the upcoming operating system from Google. Some of the features as per the video include a system-wide dark mode, more app permissions for enhanced privacy control. Apart from that their tons of new developer options and accessibility tools. It is worth noting that the report which had first informed about the Android Q update is now also accompanied by a video which reveals the Android Q features in even more details.
Feature of Android Q
New Notifications, Dark Mode and App Permissions
In the leaked Android Q build it was revealed that users will now have to swipe the notifications towards the right to dismiss them, whereas on swiping left users would get access to the option of snoozing and notifications buttons. Another change we get to notice is in the app permissions tab where there is a change in the arrangement of the applications. Now unlike it was the case in the previous Android version, where a checkmark toggle used to indicate the status of app permissions, now there is going to be a redesigned view which will inform the users clearly about the app’s permissions. This will make it easier for the user to see what permissions the app is being denied or granted.
The other features which were revealed as part of this video include the system-wide dark mode which brings onboard dark aesthetics to the interface including the launcher, settings as well as third-party app notifications. There is also a new developer tool ‘override force dark’ which can apply dark mode to apps which lack native support for the feature. Notably, the system-wide dark mode of Android Q was discovered by a Chromium bug tracker post.
Plenty of New Developer Options
Android Q users will have much more control over which apps use information and for what purpose. Also, it seems that now users will also be able to see which app is using location information via an icon in the status bar. Additionally, there have been mentions of a ‘force desktop mode’ on the latest Android which might introduce a functionality like DeX by Samsung.
When connected to a display via HDMI. This information comes as a result of an option being added to the Developer options to force desktop mode. Unfortunately, as of now, the feature does not seem to work even when connected via an HDMI cable. Since this is a very early leaked build, it could be possible the feature hasn’t been developed fully yet. Nevertheless, having a desktop mode on Android Q would be super useful since users would be able to do a lot more with their smartphones than they normally could.
The developers will also get a lot to experiment with as the Android Q comes with plenty of new developer options which includes a flag for enabling a native screen recorder, a feature for selection of graphics driver listed as ‘Game Update Package Preferences’ and a flag for activating the in-built screen recorder among others. More changes in the Android Q involve new iconography for Wi-Fi, devices in the settings menu and more. There are also hints about a feature called ‘Role’, whose function remains unknown for now.
Additional features of Android Q
The new accessibility features on Android Q will include Time to read’ and ‘Time to take action’ through which users will be able to decide how long they want a message to be visible on the screen. There are also new pop-up dialogues for app installation and a sensor-off toggle for turning off all sensors. However, with that being said, there is no guarantee that all the features which have been revealed in the leak will make their way to the final build of Android.
|Android Q feature||How it works|
|Assisted dialing||Automatically adds a given country’s code to a dialed number. Quite a handy feature for international travelers.|
|Emoji 12.0 (Unicode 12.0)||Adds emoji for a deaf person, emoji sequences for a couple holding hands, up to 55 skin tone and gender combinations, service animal vest changes to safety vest, new emoji characters for skunk, axe, a yawning face, kite, sloth, briefs, diving mask, onion, parachute, and more.|
|Desktop experience (for tablets)||Allow users to use the device as a PC via a built-in desktop UI similar to Samsung DeX.|
|Multi-monitor support||Ability to connect to an external monitor and keep using both screens (phone/tablet and monitor) at the same time, much like Samsung is already doing with the Galaxy Note 9 and Tab S4.|
|Manual Google Drive backups||Back up files to Google Drive when on battery power or without Wi-Fi|
|Vulkan API for UI rendering||Depending on how this technology is implemented, the end result could be better battery life as well as smoother animations and menu transitions.|
|Warning for users running apps whose target OS is Android Lollipop and older||Android Q will warn users whenever they have an installed app that was developed to work on Android Lollipop or older operating systems.|
|Prevent incoming call’s ringtone from playing over a held call||When you put a call on hold and in the process, even before you get your phone off the ear, another call comes in, your eardrum might get blasted if the ringtone volume is really high. Android Q will have a feature that prevents your phone’s ringtone from playing for an incoming call just in case there’s another on hold. Cool huh!|
|System-wide dark mode||All preloaded apps (AOSP apps) in Android Q to support dark mode natively|
|Multi-resume feature||This feature will allow Android Q users to run multiple apps simultaneously without pausing|
|New APIs for RCS support in third-party apps||Android Q may open RCS to third-party app developers via new system APIs|
|Drop support for Android Beam||Android Q may drop support for Android Beam APIs, a feature that lets users tap their phones together to share files, sites, photos, apps, and so on via NFC.|
|Remove support for seamlessly setting up Live Cases||Android Q will drop support for the feature that lets users seamlessly set up Live Cases|
|Support ANGLE to make 2D game development easier||Android Q will support ANGLE to make 2D game development easier.|
|More devices to get early access||Android Q may let more users test the OS using GSI ahead of official AOSP release|
Name The Android Q.
Aside from what features the new OS will offer, one of the major questions in the lead up to launch always concerns what it will be called.
Google typically uses the names of sweet treats for its operating systems, which are released in alphabetical order. So far, we’ve seen:
- Android Donut (v1.6)
- Android Eclair (v2.0)
- Android Froyo (v2.2)
- Android Gingerbread (v2.3)
- Android Honeycomb (v3.0)
- Android Ice Cream Sandwich (v4.0)
- Android Jelly Bean (v4.1)
- Android KitKat (v4.4)
- Android Lollipop (v5.0)
- Android Marshmallow (v6.0)
- Android Nougat (v7.0)
- Android Oreo (v8.0)
- Android Pie (v9.0)
- Android Q ? (v10.0) Name it
Do Let us know in comment section what according to you Android Q to be Named.