The official release date of Android Q will come closer this week thanks to brand new features that are expected to be unveiled at Google's annual developer conference.
Android Q is perhaps the big highlight of Google IO 2019, along with new Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL phones, while we are upgrading from Android Pie to Android 10 Q.
You can install Android Q beta today, but it is not yet complete and intended for developers. The release date for Android Q is probably in August, according to the Google timeline.
What is new with Android Q? We have a list of working functions below based on what we have tested in the current beta and rumors about what else can be expected.
In addition to functions, people wonder when Android Q goes to OnePlus 6 and their other phones. We may hear more about the fact that the beat will be extended on Tuesday.
Cut to the chase
- What is Android Q? It is the next version of Android
- When will you get Android Q beta? Download the Android Q developer beta now
- When will Android Q be fully started? Probably August
- How much does Android Q cost? It will (presumably) be a free update
Android Q release date
- 13 March: The first beta version of Android 10 has been introduced
- April 3rd: Android Q beta 2 gave us bug fixes and app bubbles
- Early May: Android Q developer beta 3 is expected near May 7 (probably at IDE)
- Early in June: The last incremental update, beta 4, should land in June
- July: Beta 5 and beta 6, release candidate, can land this month
- August: The final version was done routinely in August
The Android Q developer base from Google is already there – at least if you have a Pixel phone and are prepared to test an unfinished mobile operating system.
We would like extra telephones to receive the Android Q-beta on Google ' s keynote from Tuesday. OnePlus, Nokia, Oppo, Sony, Vivo and Xiaomi had phones with the Android P beta, so expect a similar announcement this week.
Anyone asking if Android Q is coming to OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T may be lucky, or may be coming for the upcoming OnePlus 7. Anyway, these six companies (minus Essentials from last year, 7) are in a good state of shift.
Google has set out six phases in its six-month beta process, including the first release, three incremental updates, one update with the latest API ' s and the official SDK and then two release candidates. That's all for the final version of Android 10.
The monthly updates should give us an official release date for Android Q in August, and historically we had the latest update introduced in previous Android versions. But that doesn't mean that every Android phone will have Android Q in August.
The rollout to other Android phones will take place in 2019 and even in 2020, as different manufacturers add their own functions and interfaces to the operating system. So there is a chance that you will have to wait months after the first release of Android Q before you see the OS update on your device.
However, that long rollout is not guaranteed: Google's Project Treble has worked to make it easier for phonomakers to update to the latest version of Android (and do it faster). Part of that progress has led Treble to invite more manufacturers to participate in the Android Q-beta, one of the project's team leads revealed on a podcast.
What is new with Android Q functions?
We get a better picture of the new Android Q functions that come thanks to the beta version of Google's mobile operating system. Extra functions and bug fixes come with beta 2 and we expect the same from Android Q beta 3.
Some changes are confirmed, while others remain rumors. Here's what you can expect from the official release date of Android Q in August.
Android Q is preparing for foldable phones in 2019, or ' foldable and innovative new screens & # 39 ;, according to the blog post for Android developers.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold – while briefly in our hands – seamlessly switched between the folded and unfolded screen positions. By Google natively supporting this type of UI continuity in the backend, it is likely that more foldable phones will be created when they are launched with Android Q on board.
For developers, Android Q beta 2 includes a ' foldable emulator & apos; in Android Studio 3.5, according to Dave Burke, VP or Engineering from Google.
Android Q & apos; bubbles & apos; multitasking
You have seen the bubble user interface before if you have used Facebook Messenger chat heads. It's a simple way to keep active conversations on the screen as small floating profile pictures while you do your normal tasks in the rest of the interface. You can tap the photo when you want to switch back to the conversation.
Google supports this idea throughout Android Q and calls it a new way to multitask. So far the examples come to Messages and Hangouts. But Google is shortening development time, consistency of interactivity, and user privacy protection, so expect to see it in additional apps outside of Google's ecosystem.
System wide dark mode rumor
Android Q & apos; s first big leak was by the site XDA Developers, who allegedly came into possession of a build of the new OS in January 2019 and showed what would come – including a dark-mode with all systems, which became tech expert Owen Williams confirmed in the first developer beta.
Reportedly, you can enable it in View Settings and in the main interface, Settings and Files are displayed in dark gray. Other components such as the Volume panel, Quick settings, and Notifications turn black and appear against the dark background.
Developers also get an option that seems to force apps without dark modes to switch to the nocturnal color scheme.
Pressure sensitive & apos; Deep Press & apos; rumor
Android Q may support a Force Touch style function (think of 3D Touch in iPhones) in phones, per developer To Kottman. You know the drill: press an app or icon and you ' activate a different action than when you just tapped the screen. On iPhones this often comes with a contextual menu of alternative options.
Kottman was unsure whether the alleged function, called & apos; Deep Press, & apos; would allow phones to measure the pressure or if they would use "some ML magic". Anyway, it would add functionality to Android phones that have had iPhones and Apple Watches for years.
New privacy functions from Android Q
In the blog of the blog with Android developers that announced the beta version of the developer, it was confirmed that the emphasis was on increasing privacy in Android Q.
Users have more control over app access to location data, shared files, and repositories, such as photos & videos. Another useful change: instead of having apps automatically shift focus when they have an activity in the background (such as an alarm or call), app makers and choose to send high priority notifications first.
These can be some of the most difficult changes for developers in Android Q, which is why, as the Android article blog post says, "We'll bring these changes to you sooner, so you can prepare as long as possible."
Developer tools for apps: system settings, connectivity, media and more
Developers can display contextually important system settings in their apps, with which the & apos; segments & apos; be used function that was available in Android 9 Pie. So instead of having to navigate to Settings to turn on Airplane mode or to turn Wi-Fi or Mobile data on or off, you say you can do that right in your mobile browser.
There are also tweaks for connectivity, including adaptive WiFi & apos; which offers high performance / low latency modes, which would be useful for things like online gaming or voice calls.
Like all depth and blur in Pixel camera software? In Android Q, apps can request depth data (JPEG + XMP metadata + depth and reliability overview) for, for example, ' specialized faded and bokeh options in your app ' to offer, as the Android post suggests. "You can even use the data to create 3D images or to support AR use boxes for photography in the future."
Android Q also supports more multimedia codecs: AV1 to allow media companies to stream high quality video, Opus for audio coding and HDR10 + for high dynamic range video "on devices that support this" such as, say, the Samsung Galaxy S10 family.
In terms of games, the Android Q beta support for OpenGL improves, along with bug fixes and more functionality.
The leak from XDA also revealed a refurbishment of permissions, from general to specific.
Users can view a broad overview of the apps that they have given permission for certain things, such as location or microphone access. There is a search function that allows you to filter by permission item, so you can quickly see which apps have given you access to your camera, contacts, location, and so on.
You can also view permissions that are assigned to each app and change them individually to set whether access is disabled, enabled, or enabled only while the app is open.
There are many new developer tools described by the XDA leak, but it is not clear how they will all work.
Freeform windows are reset, allowing you to enable them after you hold down an app icon in the recent apps overview. On the other hand, XDA also found a feature called "Game Updates Package Preference" whose purpose is a bit of a mystery. Another one, titled ' force desktop mode & # 39 ;, seems to be pushing Android to an external display, Samsung DeX-style.
Not all user interfaces have been completed, which means that some functions, such as screen recordings, are not completely understandable.
Face ID style verification for sign-ups and purchases
Another dive into the developer who built XDA developers revealed that the operating system could get a feature that iOS users have been bragging about for a while: Face ID. The next version of Android may support phones that pack the hardware to use face scans for authentication.
It is unclear how exactly it will work, or whether it combines sensor measurements for an extensive scan of facial features. But we did get hints via error codes in one of the OS & apos; APK, which variably lets the user know to move the phone in different directions so that the device can look better at its face.
Other code lines found by XDA are also promising, such as a code that informs users in a faint tone that they "can use your face to unlock your phone, authorize purchases, or log in to apps."
Whether phones can use Face ID is another story: they must have the hardware installed – whether they are the sensors or the correct specifications – for the feature to work.
See you back button, hello (only for) gesture controls
Although recent Android phones from different brands have been trying to use their own motion buttons for years, the operating system has always kept static navigation with three buttons as an option. Those days may end, because in that XDA preview build only motion controls were shown, per Tom's guide.
It seems that users can only use the navigation system present in the Google Pixel 3: a small pill at the bottom of the screen that you can swipe in the wind directions to get anywhere.
It is the key to note that Android allows brands to develop their own navigation methods and systems to go with their overlays, so it is very unlikely that this is the only way to navigate. This build is also a bit outdated, so who knows if something as integral as the OS movement would be completed so far.
There were a few other extra Android 10 opportunities and expirations from that XDA leak, including a few new accessibility settings.
Both apply to how long notifications remain, and seemingly apply to others species of notifications. The first are for ' messages that ask you to take action ' while the other apparently refers to notifications that appear with simple reminders. You can switch this to stay up between 30 seconds and 2 minutes.
We also see official support for HDR10 +. A few phones this year, including the Samsung Galaxy S10 series, support the codec and expect that trend will continue as Android Q is launched on new devices.
That's all we've seen so far, but new details will certainly come to the fore in the forthcoming beta releases, on Google IDE 2019 in May and between any leaks.
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