Android Q introduces great new features and capabilities for users and developers. Android is reaching version 10 and operating on over 2.5 billion active devices. A lot has changed since version 1.0, back when smartphones were just an early idea.
Android Q New Features
This version of Android is designed to support the potential of foldable devices , from multi-tasking to adapting to different screen dimensions as you unfold the phone. Android Q is the first operating system to support 5G, Android Q offers app developers tools to build for faster connectivity, enhancing experiences like gaming and augmented reality.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold changed the game in some ways, some not so much. Google has optimised this version of Android with changes to its multi-resume and display functions, to ensure apps can run simultaneously alongside other apps and transition seamlessly from a small to tablet-sized screen when a device is unfolded.
Google is bundling in 5G compatibility and extending existing APIs for Android Q – this will allow developers to get ready for the new era and make sure their apps can make the most of “super fast” speed.
The back button, a navigation staple of Android, is officially going away with Android Q.
Swipe up from the bottom of the display and you’ll land on your home screen. Swipe up from the home screen, and your app launcher springs to life. Swipe in from either side of the display and you’ll go back one level.
Maps will soon gain a private search mode, known as incognito mode. By turning on the feature, users can search for and navigate to places without having data saved or linked back to their Google accounts. The private search mode can be activated by tapping on the profile picture in the search bar at the top of Maps. The company plans to offer this feature for the search app at a later stage.
This features looks really cool. If you tap the volume button and the icon below the volume slider, Live Caption will automatically add subtitles to videos, podcasts and even for audio that you record yourself.
Android Q aims to gain back some ground in this area though with an additional update to provide security in the background without users having to reboot their phone.
The company claims there are almost 50 new features and changes which focus on security and privacy.A new dedicated privacy section in the settings app will provide users with all of their controls in one place.
Android Q will also feature a location section will also provide users with the ability to control which apps they can share location data with, and when. This feature already exists in Apple’s iOS, which has for a long time been seen as the more security and privacy-focused operating system.
If you’ve got a Pixel phone or a device a partner manufacturer, but if you want to wait for the official release you’ll be hanging on until autumn.
Android Q Beta 1 was launched on March 13, 2019 and was made available to download on the Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 series. Beta 2 was released on April 3, Beta 3 debuted on May 7 during Google I/O, and Beta 4 will land in early June. Following all of that, Q3 will see the launch of Beta 5, Beta 6, and the final public release.