Although Google just introduced the Android Pie OS version(Android 9.0), before many could even get to experience its outstanding feature, they have yet made a great move by releasing an update; – The Android Q in a beta state.
Although it is still in a beta state, Android users with a Pixel supported phone like the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, or Pixel XL can already start smiling for this beta version of the Android 10(Q). With the Android Beta for Pixel offer, Pixel users can try pre-release versions of Android, and test drive our new features. The feedback they provide will help identify and fix issues, and make the platform even better. Registered devices will automatically receive updates for the latest beta version of Android.
About Android Q
As we earlier pin pointed in the Introduction of this article, Android Q is the next version of Android OS which is going to be succeeding Android Pie (Android 9). For the time being, the project is still at a beta state with its beta version already available for Pixel users with either the original Pixel or Pixel XL.
In order to better the security of their users, Android (Google) is has worked things out by adding extra privacy and security features coupled with the play protect feature for users. This is of course very vital for every user if a product or service could only feel more contented knowing his or her privacy is not infringed.
Android Q also comes with enhancements for foldables, new APIs for connectivity, new media codecs and camera capabilities, NNAPI extensions, Vulkan 1.1 support, faster app startup, and more.
Android Q release date
The official version of Android Q is said to be available by August this year according to leaks and information going around the net. But one thing which is very certain is that the beta 1 version was released on the 13th of the month of March 2019. As earlier mentioned, this beta 1 version of the Android Q can be downloaded already by Pixel Phone users. So, Pixel phone users have already the privilege to test this beta version and provide their feedbacks for more improvements before the official version is been released.
What feature are we going to be having on Android Q?
A lot is already expected from Google as regard this new system update. That been said, there are already some well-known awesome features spotted from the Google developer blog. Below are some the features I am sure you will want to experience right away:
One of the big features for this new update is the support for foldables . This is more a feature for developers, with back-end changes that will help make their apps ready for the big, folding screens of the top-tier phones. But at least we know Google’s making sure Android is ready for them. To help your apps to take advantage of these and other large-screen devices, a series of improvements in Android Q have been made, including changes to onResume and onPause to support multi-resume and notify your app when it has focus. How the resizeableActivity manifest attribute works has also been change in the Android Q to help users manage how their app is displayed on foldable and large screens.
- More enhanced privacy control:
Unlike on the previous versions of Android OS versions where access to features is been granted once during the first startup of the App, with Android Q, features like location access for apps can now be allowed all the time, only when the app is in use. With this new feature users have more control over when apps can get location. As in prior versions of the OS, apps can only get location once the app has asked you for permission, and you have granted.
Location access by apps and access to other features are set separately on Android Q. Also, App are been prevented from launching an Activity while in the background. To compensate for the later users can instead use the high priority notification to provide full-screen intent.
- Improved sharing menu
In Android Q, Google have work things out to improve on the sharing speed when you are sharing a file or a link from one app to another. As such, users can easily jump into another app when sharing contents and users will be able to see exactly what they are sharing for a start, at the top of the Share sheet.
- System settings easily accessible
In Android Q you don’t have to jump over to Settings and back again. Apps are now able to request that certain settings pop up in a floating window, which means you can get back to what you were doing more easily without having to leave the app.
With Android Q, Wi-Fi sharing via QR code is now possible. With such a feature, no need stressing to type in you Wi-Fi pass code when sharing your connection among friends.
In addition to the randomised MAC addresses that Android Q provides when connected to different Wi-Fi networks, Google have added new Wi-Fi standard support, WPA3 and Enhanced Open, to improve security for home and work networks as well as open/public networks.
- Other cool features
There are plenty other features which have been spotted on the Android Q which have not been elucidated here. Some of such features include;
- Deep access to photo effect
- Desktop mode
- Dark mode
- Notch and corners supported screenshots
- More notification options
- No back button
This piece of information is meant to keep you up to date about the latest developments from Google. It may not content all vitalities but we hope this serves as a starter which will lead you toward seeking out for more information on this topic. You can always use the comment box to share your thoughts with us, for this will help us better serve you.