ANDROID will receive a series of new functions when Google is expected to release the latest version of the operating system Q in the coming weeks. Ahead of his full debut, here is the Express.co.uk guide to the best Android Q features.
Android Q was recently exhibited at Google’s annual I / O Developer Conference in May – the new software shows some dramatic differences with Android 9 Pie.
The American technology giant usually releases its new Android versions for Pixel devices in August, which means it can take a few weeks for fans to get hold of it.
As usual with all numbered Android updates, devices from external manufacturers usually have to wait a little longer before they get the latest and best software.
Talk abouti Android Q is currently in beta and 21 devices currently support the early software.
Majority of the hefty number includes handsets from ASUS, Huawei, OPPO, OnePlus and Xiaomi to name just a few, suggesting that they, and Google, are working hard to ensure that owners of such hardware don’t have to wait that long to get the get the latest version from Android.
Although Google has already highlighted a number of important changes that have been presented in Android Q, a number of others have been dug up by those who tested the different betas for the software before the full release came out.
That said, here are the biggest new features that are present in Android Q.
The headline feature of Android Q is by far the new dark theme that ensures that all native apps take on black and dark gray colors when enabled.
A number of external Android manufacturers such as Samsung and Huawei already offer a dark mode, but Q marks the first time that Google has delivered it in an official capacity.
The American technology company has insisted that the functionality “reduces eye strain and saves the battery”.
Google discussed the feature and said, “Many users prefer apps with a dark-themed user interface that they can switch to when the light is low to reduce eye strain and save battery power.
“Users have also asked for a simple way to enable a dark theme anywhere on their devices.
“Dark theme has been a popular request for some time and in Android Q it is finally here.”
Android 9 Pie was the first step by Google to turn Android into an experience that can be navigated intuitively with gestures.
The Andriod 9 Pie’s approach, however, was not without problems – many, including Express.co.uk, complained that on Pixel devices, the software had difficulty recognizing a long swipe that was needed to open the app drawing from half a half swipe that was needed to open the interface’s multitasking menu.
Google is trying to refine the gestures of Android with Q and this year the traditional back button of the software has been completely removed.
Now, going back requires a swipe from the side of a phone’s display and going home can be achieved by swiping up from the bottom of a device, similar to what is already offered by Apple’s iPhone.
Google commented on the change and said, “Many of the latest Android devices have beautiful edge-to-edge screens, and users want to take advantage of every little advantage.
“In Android Q, we are introducing a new fully gestural navigation mode that eliminates the area of the navigation bar and allows apps and games to use the entire screen to deliver their content.
“It retains the familiar Back, Home and recent navigation through edge swipes instead of visible buttons.”
Live Caption debuted on Google I / O and essentially allows a supported device to display subtitles for all media played on a device.
The feature will certainly be incredibly popular for those who want to watch video during a commuting or in another public situation.
Google greeted Live Caption as an achievement of its advanced artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities.
The Mountain View company went on: “In addition to hardware innovation, we continue to see the Android AI transforming the operating system itself to make it smarter and easier to use for a wider range of people. A good example is Live Caption, a new feature in Android Q that automatically determines which media is played on your phone.
“Many people watch videos with captions – the captions help them keep track, even when they are on the move or in a busy place. But for 466 million deaf and hearing impaired people around the world, subtitles are more than a convenience – they make content accessible. They have worked with the Deaf community to develop Live Caption.
“Live Caption brings real-time subtitles to media on your phone – videos, podcasts and audio messages, in every app – even things you record yourself. The amazing part of it is that it doesn’t even require a network connection – everything happens on the device, thanks to a breakthrough in speech recognition we made earlier this year. The live speech models work directly on the phone and no audio stream ever comes out of your device. “
Android Q will improve device notifications by offering what Google calls “suggested actions”.
Building on the smart answer function, the function will ask users to open different apps based on the content of a notification.
This means that if a user gets an address, for example, the warning displays a button that allows the user to quickly open Google Maps.
Google introduces a number of new app permissions in Android Q that are designed to make the operating system safe for fans.
Android Q offers users in particular more options to choose when apps can collect data, in particular location information.
When an app requests access to location data in Q, users are shown three options.
• Always allow
• Allow only when the app is in use
The second option is new in Q and does what it says; the software in question will only benefit from location information when it is open.
Google has stated that it improves how sharing works in Android Q.
The company has announced a new feature called “sharing shortcuts” that makes it easy for users to switch from one app to another to share content.
Regarding functionality, Google said:
“If a user wants to share content such as a photo with someone in another app, the process must be fast.
“In Android Q, we make this faster and easier with sharing shortcuts that allow users to jump directly into another app to share content.”