What’s new in Android Q

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Android users had high expectation for Android 10 and it seems that those expectations have been met. With many useful updates and tweaks in the Android OS, the beta version can be installed on 23 devices including the Pixel, MI and one plus 6T. Android has been consistent with its performance as it holds around 75% market share worldwide. There are around 2.6 million apps on the Google Play Store and millions of devices running on Android, timely updates are important. So let’s have a look at the new features in the latest Android OS.

Multitasking

The bubbles UI is here to make your multitasking easier. Just like Facebook messenger, Android has used this feature to manage your apps with the bubbles pops. Right now The bubbles can be seen in Google apps only but soon this feature will be system-wide.

No Android Beam

The latest Android will not support NFC peer to peer file sharing system when two devices are placed back to back. The Android beam sharing has been outdated and there is not much need of it. The Beam was introduced in 2011 with Android V 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and since then data sharing through the internet has been much more efficient.

Privacy Features

Apps access to shared files, location info, photos videos, etc. will be much more under control of the user. The users can also choose high priority notifications and app will not automatically switch to other apps like alarm or call. Scoped storage will restrict the apps to some extent to use external storage and also the apps will not be able to access device identifiers like the IMEI.

Dark Theme

Android Q will support a system-wide dark mode which can be activated from quick settings and others by turning on a battery saver mode. This feature will save batter in phones which supports OLED screen as the pixels will not be activated in the black regions. This feature is a blessing for the user who spends a lot of time watching videos or reading on the phone.

Face ID

The upcoming phones that have the hardware to use facial recognition will get the support of Android Q. There are strings of code in XDA which insist on the comprehensive scan of the human facial features and also to move the phone in a particular direction to get the correct view. This is a big change since the on-screen fingerprint scan to lock/unlock the phone.

Live Caption

This feature provides captioning video and audio in real time without the need of internet connection. The Android team is also working on project Euphonia which will improve the verbal recognition for people with speaking issues.

Conclusion

The app developers and testing teams will have to work in line with the new updates. Whether using an online Android emulator for mobile testing or a real device, it would be better to develop the app that supports the API level. The final version of Android Q will be launched in August and then the update will be available for all the other devices barring the legacy ones.

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