Whenever Android announces its latest version, the hype is automatically created by the users from all around the world. The same happened when Android Q was announced. When the announcement was made, the whole world tech was taken by a storm as Google is making revolutionary changes with its new Android Beta Program. The changes in the field of hardware and software that will enhance the user experience by a huge extent. Google is using its beta version this time which they have not used for a very long time.
Top Features of Android Q
1. Foldable Screen Support
2020 is going to be the year of foldable phones, they will hit the market for the first time. Samsung has already created one, another superb foldable phone was created by Huawei. As soon as these foldable phones were announced Google began to integrate features in the Android Q that allows you to manage and display apps on a foldable screen. Google has clearly informed that they have made improvements in the Android Q that will help the applications to take advantage of the large screen foldable devices. The major changes include on pause and on resume that support the multi-resume and also notifies your app the moment it has focus. They have also changed that resizable activity manifest attribute that helps you manage your app’s display on the large foldable screens. They have also added an Android emulator to support the multiple display type switching.
2. Permissions & Locations Control
With this new update, the Android users can also share location with apps “never”, “only when the app is open ”, and “always” options on their android application, just like in iOS. This feature is gold for those who are quite concerned with their privacy. And you won’t be able to share your location when the app is not in use. Users can now control any application’s access to audio, video, and photos through new runtime permissions. Another change is in the download section. For the downloads, the application must have a system file picker, which will allow users to decide which download files access that would give to the app.
3. Sharing Shortcuts
Users find it quite annoying when they want to share something and it takes ages to load. No matter which phone you’re using, the problem seems to be the same in all. Android Q has mentioned that they will take care of this problem so that sharing the UI can load instantly since the shortcuts are published in advance. So, they are introducing “Sharing shortcuts” to solve this problem. This feature will allow developers to create a new option in the share menu such that a user can share content like a photo, video, and file in a specific part of an app. This will help users to get rid of the slow to load sharing menu and thus will boost the sharing speed.
4. Setting Panels
Android Q has also introduced a new setting panel API which makes it possible for users to toggle settings that pertain to the app. Now the users can toggle things like audio volume, Wi-Fi, cellular data, NFC, and many more within the in-app web browser. Now with this, users don’t need to navigate to the settings menu again and again which ultimately makes the accessing of settings simple and fast.
5. Dynamic Depth Images
Now with new Android Q the users are now will be able to edit photos with bokeh and blur options, the new android empowers it’s users with the ability to request the dynamic depth images that consists of JPEG metadata and XMP for the depth element and the confidence maps that are already included in the same file. Now users will also be able to create 3D images & AR photography by using the data.
6. Improves ART(Android Runtime) performance
To boost the ART speed of the OS, android is ready to make many changes. Now the android will help phones in consuming less memory without any help from the developers. In addition to that, Google Play has started to deliver cloud-based profiles with APKs.
The Beta version of Android Q has a high performance and low latency mode for various kinds of wireless connections. With the new update the voice calls and real time gaming can be benefited to a great extent.
8. Screen Recording
Android is finally launching screen recording with their latest Android Q. It’s already available to us via the third party OEMs in Android P and older versions. However, Stock Android was missing it. The new screen recording in Android Q will ask for relevant permissions when you use it for the first time. There is also a possibility that you might get an option to record the voice over that would go with a video clip.
9. Gesture Control
As per Google they’ll remove the latest back button and add a new gesture to their latest Android Q. As per the reports you just have to tap on the home pill button to the left. This will allow you to go back quickly and easily.
10. Android Q Dark Theme
There are many possibilities that the latest android comes with dark mode for it’s users. According to the XDA developers Android Q might soon have a dark theme which can be enabled and disabled in the display settings. It’s being said that you can have the dark mode depending on the time of the day or else you can always turn it off or on.
11. Desktop Mode
It’s been reported that Google is working hard to force experimental desktop mode on secondary displays. So, Android Q might get a desktop mode similar to that of Samsung called “Force Desktop Mode”.
12. Better Facial Recognition
Facial recognition is a great idea to unlock the apps on your phone, and Android Q is introducing a massive change in the notification setting. Now, the notifications won’t fade away until you perform an action on them. Apart from the notification panel of Android Q will also display the icon of apps, access your location, and display other native device features. So, from now you longet need to check your notification setting and check which apps are accessing your native device features all of it will be displayed directly.
13. Angle on Vulkan
If you love to play games on your phone, then Android Q would be perfect for you as it brings good news for the gamers as the graphic developers are working towards developing a standard and updateable OpenGL driver for all the devices that are built on Vulkan. The developers will be adding the experimental support of ANGLE on Vulkan of all the Android devices. ANGLE is a graphic abstraction layer which is designed for the high performance OpenGL compatibility. With the help of ANGLE many games and apps will have stability and performance for Vulkan. It is because the apps and games will be able to use OpenGL ES.
14. Warning against older/obsolete apps
Another super feature added by Google is the warning against older. This feature will inform the users that they are installing an application which is based on the history or old version of Android and they won’t be able to incorporate its latest feature on their smartphone. So, from now users will have an option before installing an application that might not work properly on the latest version of Android.
15. Upgraded Treble Support
Google has also worked towards achieving improved Treble compatibility with its latest Android Q version, It will help its users to flash GSI(generic system images) on any Android devices that are running on Android Q. This feature will help its user to enjoy faster software updates.
Here’s everything about the latest Android Q. We hope that the latest Android Q resolves all the problems and add more user centric features.