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Android Q: all that is known at the moment

Quesito? Quiche? Or maybe Queen of Puddings? So far we can only guess what exactly the letter “Q” means in the name of the new version of the Android Q operating system.

Anyway, Android Q is the latest build of Google's mobile OS. And although now it seems to us that the Pie version was released quite recently, Android Q will soon take its place. It will happen so quickly that you do not even have time to look back.

If you can not wait to find out all the details and information known about Android Q, then you are at the address. Because then we will tell all that is known about the new version of the mobile operating system from Google.

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March 13, 2019 - Android Q beta launch started for Pixel, Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 series

After numerous rumors and leaks, Google has finally officially launched a public beta test of Android Q.

If you're interested, you can go to the official Android Beta Program website, log in to your Google account, select the appropriate Pixel phone model you want to register for the program, and then install an update on it.

February 18, 2019 - Android Q can replace the “Back” button

The guys from XDA-Developers noticed one interesting thing during the Android Q test and suggested that in the future Google might stop using the Back button. It is possible that the change is somehow related to the succession of updates of the Android gestures system, which was presented along with the Pie version and strongly criticized for its incompleteness and ineffectiveness.

In addition, Google continues to experiment with more smooth and simple transitions between applications.

January 30, 2019 - Android Q will use its own technology for face recognition and built-in software for taking pictures and recording video from the screen.

Mobile device manufacturers such as Huawei , OnePlus and Samsung offer their own face recognition systems to customers. But, apparently, Android Q will have built-in support for third-party equipment and sensors. Thanks to this, software and hardware developers will be able to use the most secure forms of face recognition.

As previously noted, 9to5Google , Android Q will have built-in software for snapshots and video recording from the screen, which means you will no longer need to install third-party applications. In addition, the new assembly found the parameters for the notification channels, among which there is such an interesting function as "Show without displaying messages".

Main details

At the moment, the public beta of Android Q is available for all Pixel smartphones.

As a rule, Google first makes each version of its mobile operating system available for pre-launch (Developer Preview) in March, then begins to conduct its public beta test, which anyone can take in May during the annual Google I / O conference .

, авторизоваться в своей учетной записи и установить апдейт на устройства серии Pixel, Pixel 2 или Pixel 3. This year, Google decided to do a little differently: it opened the Developer Preview and started a public beta test at the same time - March 13, 2019. Right now, you can go to the official Android Beta Program website, log in to your account and install the update on Pixel devices, Pixel 2 or Pixel 3.

New functionality

As is usually the case, with the release of the next Android update, new functionality becomes available to users. And Android Q is no exception. The public beta test started quite recently and within a year Google will continue to release all sorts of updates. But even now, the mobile operating system has many interesting features and capabilities. We will discuss some of them in more detail below.

Permission Changes

Now the privacy and confidentiality of user data will be given more attention than ever before. With the release of the Android Q version, Google plans to introduce new functionality and permissions for applications, which means that now it will be possible to better understand and control what exactly each specific application has access to.

If you believe a post that was posted on the official Google blog, programs requesting access to your location information will now display a new pop-up window asking you if you want to allow the application to use your location data all the time, only when run or never (ban).

In addition, Google notes that:

“Android Q gives users even greater control over applications so that they can monitor exactly what rights and permissions they have. With the help of the new system of permissions, users will be able to fully control the access of programs to the photos, videos, audio and files stored on the device. To download additional data, applications will have to use a specially developed system file selection tool, which allows you to decide which application files can access and which files cannot be downloaded. ”

The page “Use permissions”, which can be found in the “Settings” menu , has been completely redesigned. Now you can see which resolutions are used by most applications. In addition, there are opportunities for filtering by the issued access and permissions. For example, to see which applications can use a location or storage. Additionally changed the interface page "Information about the application . "

Customization options

The fact that Android Q allows you to fully customize and customize the appearance of the operating system is another indisputable advantage of the update.

If, after downloading the Android Q beta, you turn on developer mode on your smartphone, a new parameter will appear in the options, allowing you to change the colors of user interface accents. The following options are currently available: blue, green, purple and black.

It is possible that in the next beta or after the release, Google will remove this functionality. But the rumors about the emergence of the night theme suggest us that, compared to other assemblies of the mobile operating system, Android Q will pay much more attention to the customization of the user interface.

Improved share menu

For a while, there was a terrible mess in the Share menu on Android. The functionality was fine, but the page itself opened very slowly. And no matter how powerful a smartphone you use. Fortunately, Android Q completely solves this problem. In his blog, Google briefly mentions that the Share menu will now be turned on instantly, as the labels are loaded in advance. And at the moment it seems to us that this is one of the best changes of Android Q, one of those that are designed to simplify the daily use of a smartphone.

In addition, in the new beta appeared sharing labels for quick sharing of content with friends. As planned, with its help, developers will be able to create a special parameter in the menu, and then provide file sharing, photos and other data much faster than before.

Built-in screenshot

The pre-installed screenshoter with the ability to record video from the smartphone screen is one of the most popular functions among users. And in the current beta version of Android Q, it has finally been added.

At the moment, the screenshoter is not so easy to turn on, since the functionality is deeply hidden in the developer settings. But now it allows you to take screenshots and record video (including with sound and visual accompaniment of clicks).

We hope that with the release of the following Android Q updates, this functionality will be implemented in a more user-friendly form. But the fact that he appeared at all is good news for us.

Improved folding device support

In 2019, folding phones will finally appear on the mobile device market. And in order to use them as comfortably as possible, Android Q is specially optimized and supports a number of additional features and functions.

If you believe Google, then:

“In order for such large-screen devices to be as comfortable as possible to use familiar applications, we made a number of improvements in Android Q, including changes in onResume and onPause to support multiple renewals, as well as refined the notification system. We also changed the working principle of the resizeableActivity attribute, which should help manage the settings for displaying applications on folding and large screens. ”

All the changes described above are obviously intended for developers, but ultimately this should lead to Android Q being the most optimized operating system for folding devices of different form factors and sizes.

Appearance of the night theme

Night theme is perhaps one of the most popular features for Android, but so far only one, daylight (light) is systemic. Every time with the release of the next version of the operating system, new rumors appear that Google will finally add the long-awaited functionality. But time after time only disappointment awaited us. With the release of Android Q, everything should change (this time for sure).

On January 16, the “merged” assembly of Android Q was published in which a new option appeared in the “Turn on night mode” display settings. After its activation, the main theme of the user interface changes from light to dark. This applies to the main parameters, launch bar, volume control and other system menus. At the moment, it is not yet known how this function will affect third-party applications.

When the developer mode is enabled, another switch appeared in the settings, which should force the night theme on the running applications (if the program does not have its own). As for applications with their own night mode, like "Messages" , "Contacts" and "Phone" , it is still unclear how exactly the dark theme of Android Q will work with them.

When Google officially announced Beta 1, not a single word was said about the new night mode. Therefore, it is possible that they decided to just keep silent about it until the release or the May conference of Google I / O.

6 changes you want to see in Android Q

Android 9 Pie is a great build, but like everything else in life, it’s not perfect. Gestures are not as intuitive as they would like, she does not have a dark theme at the system level or other interesting options. Therefore, we have compiled a small list of those functions that we would like to see with the release of Android Q:

  1. Corrected navigation.
  2. Improved support when using the device with one hand.
  3. Built-in screen software for screenshots and video recording from the screen.
  4. Support night mode at the system level.
  5. Improved communication with Chrome OS.
  6. Full rethinking of the user interface.

It is possible that some of the above functions, we still wait for the release of Android Q. Especially since most of them are not so difficult to implement.

What name will get Android Q

One of the most intriguing questions is what name Android Q will receive and what word is hidden under the letter “Q”. Given the fact that Google calls every version of its mobile operating system in honor of sweets, then several options immediately come to mind:

  • Queen of Puddings.
  • Quiche (Kish).
  • Quesito (Kesito).
  • Quindim (Quindum).
  • Queijadas (Keijadash).

Given that most of the names are known only in certain countries, it is possible that we are missing something. If you have any guesses about what is still behind the letter "Q" in the name of Android Q, then leave your comments below.

date of release

Currently (March 2019), the Android Q operating system is in Beta 1 and is available for download on Pixel, Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 smartphones. According to Google, Beta 2 is due out in early April, Beta 3 in May ( most likely during the Google I / O conference), and Beta 4 will be launched in June.

Given this information, it is logical to assume that Beta 5, Beta 6 and the final release will take place in the third quarter of 2019.

Source: www.androidcentral.com

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