With its hot Android 10, i.e. Android Q beta versions in hype since some time now, its first beta version released on March 13, 2019, second on April 3 and finally the 3rd beta version of Android Q released on 7th May, for Google Pixel phone users but it must be noted that it is still very much into work in progress. There are more than a handful of features introduced by Google in its new OS, alleged to release by August, 2019, most of them bringing a full and final solution to many of Android’s perennial problems.
We have brought to you some of Android Q’s exceptional highlights.53
53 New Gender-Fluid Emojis
Google will add 53 new gender-fluid emoji on Android Q phones, later this year. It wants emojis to be universal. Certain emojis in Android are females, while the same ones on IOS are males. This creates a confusion. To avoid this, Android Q will have new emojis, which can be interpreted as male or female. There will be wider variations of skin tones and genders, with more universal characters.
You must be familiar with night mode or dark mode if you are into the habit of reading e-books, in which case to reduce strain on eyes at night or if you wish, at any time of the day. After ages of request, Google has confirmed that Android Q will have a system-wide dark theme that can be turned on and off any time via a Quick Settings toggle. This is a boon for phones with OLED screens, which will burn fewer pixels by essentially turning off pixels in regions of the display that are intentionally black, saving battery. Google also created a new API that developers can use to have their apps go to a dark theme as well when the system-wide one is turned on.
Project Mainline: Security Updates, Faster Updates
Every year, Google tries something new to make Android OS updates happen faster and more consistently. Up till now, when Google needs to make a minor update to the Android operating system, it doesn’t reach most phones. So Google created a new initiative called “Project Mainline” to get those smaller security patches out to more phones more consistently by distributing the updates itself using the Google Play Store infrastructure, ensuring that your system can stay a bit more up-to-date even if your phone’s manufacturer isn’t on the ball with OS updates. This will speed up the system updates as the phone will not always need rebooting to install them.
With phones getting bigger, and adopting edge-to-edge displays, the concept of using a gesture to navigate the operating system seems like the obvious evolution. Google first introduced gestures in Android Pie, and in Android Q they’ll be more refined. In Q, there’s a long, thin white bar on the bottom of the screen. You swipe up to go home. You swipe up and drag across to go into a multitasking view. You swipe across it quickly to switch between apps. To get to the app drawer, you swipe up from the home screen.
Samrt Replies have been available in Messages and Gmail, which means that this feature offers reply suggestions in the notification shade on receiving a message.With Android Q coming into picture, you will get smart replies for many more apps predicting what your reply should be, in the notification panel itself. Smart Reply will offer a link to the Google Maps app to help you start navigating to that exact locale. It’s an easy way to move forward without having to copy and paste addresses, then tap around the screen looking for the next app you want to use.
Improved Security and Privacy
With the increasing stress on data privacy, Google has claimed that nearly 50 features are coming to Android Q related to security and privacy, including greater control over permissions, more control over apps’ location usage and other privacy protections. It will limit location access to only when the app is being used, never or all the time. There will also be a new Permissions option that will let you choose how and when data and other elements are shared with Google and other third-party apps. You will also be able to disable your phone’s sensors if you are not using them and access more apps in an incognito mode, including Google Maps.
One of the most compelling features in Android Q will make audio and video available for the hard of hearing. With the help of on-device AI, this feature can put captions or subtitles on any audio or video in real time, including self recorded videos. Best of all, an internet connection isn’t necessary to use this feature, as the transcription is processed all locally on the device rather than through the cloud.
Focus Mode and Parental Control
Android Q’s Focus mode, part of Digital Wellbeing lets you select a list of apps that you find distracting or tempting. When you toggle it on, those apps become grayed out and their notifications are hidden. The idea is to keep work and play separate so that when you’re avoiding your phone, you’re doing so altogether.
Using its Family Link feature, available in the Device Settings, Google will offer better controls for parents, where they can set up a new account for their children and later link them, set up specific time limits for apps, the kids are too obsessed, leading to screen timeouts and track their child’s usage.
5G Connectivity and Fit for Foldables
Android Q has 5G compatibility, where you’ll be able to connect to your carrier’s available 5G network as well as detect if the connection is metered. This will give developers more refined control over how much data to send to users, especially when they have poorer connections or have data-downloading limits.
Android Q will also be compatible with the next generation foldable phones. Some of the new features include app continuity, along with some better multitasking abilities that allow multiple apps to be paused and resumed at once.
Find Something to Eat
Android Q will help you figure out what to eat at a new restaurant, without having to ask anyone. Simply by clicking the image of the restaurant’s menu using Google lens, Google will highlight the most popular items at that particular locale based on its reviews database. Google Lens will also be able to split a bill or calculate a tip after you snap a photo of the receipt and read signs and other text for people who can’t read the printed language.
Improved Wifi Coding and Better Photo Depth
Android Q will provide an improved Wi-Fi coding for better peer-to-peer and internet connectivity, plus an adaptive Wi-Fi mode that lets developers use high-performance or low-latency settings. It will also improve the native dynamic depth for photos, letting apps harness depth data for 3D images, augmented reality features, and unique bokeh and background blurs.
It is aired to release this fall. It yet to see what all features are included, whichmight surpass our expectations of it as of now.