Everything You Need to Know About Android Q

Android Pie may still have not yet hit our phones, but the technology world is already
looking forward to Google’s upcoming Android Q. 

When Google launched Android Pie last year, new navigation gestures were
introduced that were very similar to the iPhone X’s IOS 11. A leak exposed that Google
will polish the navigation gestures that will make Android Q devices run a lot more like
an iPhone.


Ever since Apple removed their iconic home button for the gesture navigation on the
iPhone X, companies rolled out their own application of gesture controls. There are
more hot features leaked that Q will be offering.


Since we know Google’s naming scheme, we also know that the next version of the
popular OS will be called Android Q, probably version 10.0.
 

Here is what to expect from Android this 2019:

  • No more back button
  • Android’s back button might be removed and be replaced with a new gesture. In order for the user to go back, the user will simply need to swipe the home pill button a little to the left.
  • The idea of the gesture control may be hard for some people to get used to.

Dark mode

XDA Developers got hold on to a leaked build of Android Q and revealed that the most
attention grabbing and unique feature of Android Q may be its system-wide dark mode.
The dark theme could be accessed by the Display settings in Android. The new
option is called "Set Dark mode." According to XDA, the dark theme applies to the
launcher, notification panel, settings and other UI elements. The user can permanently
enable the dark mode, permanently disable it, or schedule when to enable depending
on the user’s preference
 
For third-party applications, Google have created a setting called ''override force-dark.''
If this is enabled, dark mode is forced on any applications that do not have a built-in
dark theme with it.

Many Twitter users already love its built-in dark mode, then how much more if you have
your entire phone system and applications on dark blue and black schemes instead of
being blinded with white backgrounds.
 
More brightness means more battery consumption. Dark mode will also prolong the
battery life on OLED phones. Latest Google findings show that the dark mode
consumes 63% less battery.
 

Revamp to Permission

Android Q is responding to users' privacy concerns by implementing new features for
app permissions that give the user more command over the access apps have
 on your phone and help users understand it. Permissions will improve once
more, and users can restrict apps from using the location feature. An app is only allowed to use a
specific permission when the app is active. With Android Q, puzzling toggles for each
app are now removed. Now, the apps are displayed in a simpler ''allowed and denied'' list
for certain permission. A new status bar icon is also added to let the users know if an
app is either using the camera, microphone or location.

Desktop mode


XDA obverves that there is a developer option called “force desktop mode”. With
Android Q, this feature makes it possible for users to connect their smartphones to a
larger display while the UI changes to that of a desktop computer similar to Samsung
DeX.


With the desktop mode, the display has a PC-like homescreen. The user also can gain
control with the mouse and keyboard. This feature will definitely improve the user
experience.

Enhanced Face Recognition

Android has camera-based face unlock system for some time now and users love it.
Android Q may be working on an advanced native support for facial recognition
feature that you can use to unlock your phone, log in to apps, and even buy items.
Google is reportedly working on perfecting facial recognition, making sure it would be
more secure and reliable. It aspires to be as credible as Apple’s Face ID which uses
a 3D technology that analyzes up to 30,000 points on the user’s face.

Better Smart Locks

 Android 10.0 will also feature two new smart locks. The first smart lock allows the user
to increase the unlock time period of their Android phones, provided that the phone is
already unlocked. The other type will lock the device when the user’s trusted device is no longer trusted.

With Android Q, Google guarantees an improved privacy and
security for its users.

Native Screen recording

Native screen recording may be a feature of Android Q. It can be accessed just like how
users take screenshot by holding the power button down. When the users first try it out,
the feature will ask permissions for it to gain access. The user can also do a voice-over
while recording the screen.

A possible warning for older apps

XDA spotted in September 2018 that Google could be planning to recognize developers
who failed to update their apps. A notification may pop-up for users to recognize that the
app the user wants to run is not updated and may not work properly. However, Google
can not stop you from running the app.

Sim locking by networks

Android 10.0 will allow locking the user’s phone to specific networks using the user’s
SIM card with new code changes called the “Carrier restriction enhancements for
Android Q," which apparently confirms that network providers will be getting more
control. This feature does not seem please other users.


Networks will be permitted to create a list of “allowed” and “excluded” carriers, and get
to choose which will and will not work on a user’s phone. Restriction changes are also
made for dual-SIM phones. Carriers will be capable of putting individual restrictions for
each SIM slot. With Android Q, network providers may only lock the second slot if
there is an approved SIM card in the first slot.

Foldable Phone Support

Samsung and other smartphone companies started to ride the bandwagon of foldable
devices. After Samsung made public its new foldable phones, Galaxy F and Galaxy X,
Google confirms that Android Q will support Foldable Smartphones.

To support foldables, Android’s multi-window and continuity features will be expanded.
Android will also allow the user to open one app in a larger view and two smaller tiles beside
it. Google also introduced updates in the battery feature. Turned-off screen will
automatically turn on the battery saving mode.

Android users will get to enjoy exemplary user experience with lower battery consumption.
It will also urge app developers to customize their apps to adapt and set their game
higher.

When will Android Q be released?

The release date of the Developer preview of Android Q is expected to be announced in
March 2019. It is also the month when earlier version Android Oreo and Android
Pie were released in the past years. Probably, its last release will fall in August.
The operating goes first to Pixel and Android One devices. Then it is prepped, and will
be gradually unfolded by phone makers and network operators to other devices for the
next few months.


Google gave a clue that before the release of the Developer Preview, the developer
might release a Generic Source Image that could be manually flashed to a Pixel device
during the Android Developer Summit.


However, not every smartphone will be hit by the upgrade. Premium phones and
selected might be the only one receiving the OS upgrade.

What will Android Q be called?

Google usually uses desserts and sweet treats for the names of its operating systems,
which were released in an alphabetical order. Below are earlier versions.

  • · 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)

What will be the name of version 10? What will Q stand for?

Android Q is the latest version for Google’s mobile Operating System. Regardless of its name, Android Q is coming and we are highly anticipating for the next update. We
can’t wait to get our hands on it and enjoy the ultimate user experience.

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