Android 10.0 Q: What's new and everything you need to know about the major update
By Adeline Kuang 2019-05-09 198 0
Android Q is already available in beta 2 . The final version should normally be available for the first smartphones in August.
This year, the novelties are particularly numerous. Here are some of the most important ones:
New accent colors
Android Q gives natively some additional customization options. Among them, accent colors, a little like those that can be chosen in Windows 10, and which are reflected in various parts of the interface.
Native support for foldable smartphones
There is no doubt that 2019 will be the year of foldable smartphones . Android Q is ready for this thanks to many optimizations. Applications will resize natively based on folded and unfolded modes. Native support for devices that have more than one screen has also been implemented.
The sharing menu has been redesigned to be faster and easier to use. Now, when you want to share something, whether it's a link, a photo, or anything else, an enhanced sharing menu is displayed. It displays the content at the top with an icon directly to copy it to the clipboard. Follow other more usual icons. These icons appear faster than before thanks to a new API.
System settings directly in the application
Android Q will allow applications to integrate some system controls. Read. examples shown by the firm is the ability to enable and disable WiFi, mobile data and airplane mode directly in Google Chrome. What save a few steps compared to what is currently available.
Depth of field in all photo applications
Multiple photo sensors can capture depth of field information. What to allow to adjust a posteriori for example the Bokeh effect. From now on, all applications will be able to use this data and use it for effects.
System-wide dark mode
Dark mode is a long-awaited feature. Putting a dark theme on an AMOLED screen smartphone not only makes for a more enjoyable user experience in low light. It's also a great way to extend battery life. This tutorial explains how to turn the dark mode in Android Q .
Improved permissions system
The permissions system is significantly improved. Users will benefit from more granular controls on what applications can and can not do. It will be possible for example to choose to share your location " never", only when the application is open "or" always As is already the case on iOS. A new menu will allow you to see at a glance which applications have the most use of permissions and which permissions it is.
Desktop mode: DeX for everyone
Android Q introduces some kind of native DeX mode. You can now connect your smartphone to an external display via a USB type C adapter. You can then interact with applications almost as you would on PC, including windows.
Notifications in a bubble like Facebook Messenger
The feature is in test, but it is promising: Android Q could put the notifications in floating bubbles in the manner of Facebook Messenger . Some fear, however, that this new modality of access to notification will nevertheless lead to further confusion. Let's bet that Google will improve this point by the release of a consumer version. For now, Google seems to be moving towards the scenario in which the feature will be an option - skippable.
Android Q will ask for more confirmations when installing APKs from unauthorized sources . Which means that you will have to authorize each time the source in question. Another modality to improve security: the WiFi module's mac address will become random at each connection , so that the identification of devices on public networks by hackers will become more complicated.
System updates via the Play Store
The Google Play Store will a priori centralize all updates, including Android system updates . The goal seems to facilitate the delivery of updates, but also to make the interface more intuitive.
Gesture Navigation, Version 2
We see Google experimenting on the interface with the first beta, especially around the generalization of an iOS-style gesture navigation. So far, Google has been offering this type of navigation, while still displaying a bar with the back, home and multitasking buttons. This navigation bar could simply disappear in favor of 100% gesture navigation .
Android Q: what will be his name?
Do not go by four ways: as many suggestions of pastries were until the letter P, as we realize that there are not many treats that begin with this letter in English. What to wonder if Google will not derogate this time of convention, especially as other challenges await the firm towards the end of the alphabet. Here is a reminder of the names chosen since the very first version of Android:
- 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)
For now, the list of possible names is still not very long. The names Quality Street, Quindim, Quesito, Queijadas and Qottab circulate as possible suitors.
For now, only Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel 3 XL are compatible with beta developers .
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