Android Q is finally available in the developer's preview and it is a pretty important update. Between privacy-related adjustments and long-awaited functions, it is clear that Google has been very busy.
So what are the striking Android Q functions that are worth knowing? We have covered you with our round-up! Please note that we focus on features that have been confirmed by Google or do not require any additional changes. For an overview of Android Q functions, including additions buried in developer settings, you can view our hub here.
Many Android fans have criticized the sharing functionality of the platform because they are slow and not intuitive. Fortunately, Google overhauled this menu in Android Q.
The new sharing menu should be much faster than the old menu, but it should also be a better way to recommend contacts and apps to share. Time will tell if Google is indeed achieving these goals, but external developers also need to update their apps to take advantage of this change.
Enabling Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other connection options is super easy, but Google makes this process a little easier when you're in apps. Go to the settings panel …
This new pop-up window can be invoked by apps in certain situations. Google gives the example of starting a browser in airplane mode. The browser can now indicate that users must activate Wi-Fi and then automatically call up the settings panel.
Android Q also brings a new depth format, called (surprise) the Dynamic Depth Format, and it opens the door for depth editing in numerous third-party apps.
"From Android Q, apps can request a Dynamic Depth image consisting of a JPEG, XMP metadata related to depth-related elements and a depth and trust map embedded in the same file on devices that support advertising," reads an excerpt of the Android developer blog.
Google has also confirmed that the new format lets third-party apps twist depth data to create "special blurring and bokeh options." Hopefully, external developers will accept this new standard pushed by Google.
Tired of Pixel users having fun when it comes to Android examples? It seems that Google felt the same, because it has also opened Android Pie examples for a few third-party devices. And it looks like the initiative will be expanded when Android Q is turned off.
Android engineer Iliyan Malchev told the Backstage Podcast from Android developers that more manufacturers will support the Android Q-beta program. The developer confirmed that the number of participating OEMs was larger for the upcoming release, but did not provide further details.
Those like HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola and Samsung all missed out on Android P previews last year. It is therefore logical that at least one of these brands jump on board the bandwagon this time.
The news comes after a Google developer had suggested XDA last year, improvements to the GSI (generic system image) – an important part of Project Treble – could lead to more devices accessing Android examples. In addition, the developer said there could be a way to test the GSI (essentially a standard Android ROM) without blinking your phone.
The previous Google app was a no-nonsense affair and there was not even a shortcut in the app drawer. Fortunately, the app for Android Q files is a step above the previous version.
The new app not only has a shortcut, but also offers a revised user interface, a universal search bar at the top, and quick access to other apps. There is still a chance that Google could adjust this app for the final version, but it certainly looks more polished than the previous version.
Android Q also has plenty of privacy-related tweaks, with roles as one of the biggest additions in this regard. With roles, the platform can now automatically grant specific permissions to an app based on the use case. An SMS app therefore automatically has the option to send / receive texts, as well as access to your contacts.
The other roles listed on the Google support website include a music player, web browser, launcher, phone dialer, and gallery. But the Mountain View company says these roles and privileges may not be available in the final version.
Another important change is a tweak that affects location permissions. Users now have the option of generally granting location access to an app or allowing access only when the app is being actively used.
With Xiaomi and Huawei smartphones, users have long been able to share Wi-Fi login data via QR codes. That is why we are happy that Google has taken over this trend with the new Android update.
The function is easy to use, if you tap on your WiFi connection, press the share button and then verify with the password of your phone or a fingerprint. From here you must see a QR code and your friend can scan this code to gain access. Again, it's nothing new for third-party brands, but we're happy that Google is catching up in this regard.
That is it for our view of the top functions of Android Q! We will update the article as Google reveals more major changes to the platform. Are there more functions that you would like to see in stock Android?
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