Ankit Kumar in Android Developers, Android Business Development Manager • SPEC INDIA May 10, 2019 · 4 min read · +100

Android Q (Beta)– Another Interesting Android Version from Google

Android Q (Beta)– Another Interesting Android Version from Google The recent Google I/O 2019 – the organization’s annual developer conference brought along a lot of good news for the developer community. And one news that bought a huge smile on the faces of developers was the launch of the beta version of Android Q – 10th major release and 17th version of Android. Android Q Beta version is with newer features, better ones with its popularity getting widespread across an increasing number of devices. The final version of Android Q is slated for a release around the 3rd quarter of 2019.

The major focus of the technology stalwart, through Android Q is on innovation, security & privacy and digital comfort. Looking at the features of this novel version of Android, there feels as if there is a lot of effort put to leverage the potential of the latest advancements like on-device AI, edge-to-edge screens, 5G, foldable and more.

Key Focus Areas That Shine in the Beta Release of Android Q

Here are certain major areas of focus that the technology experts have centered, while releasing the new version of Android Q and the key features that will help achieve that focus area:

Innovation, At Its Best with Latest Advancements

With a perfect blend of hardware and software advancements, Android Q is teaming up with various partners to offer innovative experiences to its users.

Key Inclusions

  • Foldable technology to take a leap with a dual experience – they work like a phone when folded else unfold into a tablet-sized screen
  • Screen continuity is ensured across devices, apps, and environments
  • Offering users an enriched experience through wireless technology, 5G networks and connectivity APIs, with reliably quicker speeds and lesser inactivity
  • As an advanced speech recognition achievement, Android Q’s AI quotient will offer Live Caption – a facility to automatically caption the media playing on your phone through AI features, be it videos, audios, podcasts, self-recorded messages etc.
  • System empowered smart replies and actions are available for notifications that can be directly used
  • Activation of a “Dark Theme” by users who want to enable it everywhere across their devices
  • Facility for apps to build their own dark themes or use a Force Dark feature
  • Creation of an API for third-party developers to let apps know when Dark Theme is on
  • Usage of Gestural Navigation by using the full screen for apps and games, thereby eliminating the navigation bar periphery

A Novel Approach to Keep Android Devices Up-to-date – Project Mainline

Running the latest version of the OS is sometimes a tough task for the users to ensure. This includes ensuring consistency, security Key Inclusions and privacy of data also. Android Q has come up with an innovative methodology – Project Mainline that looks at making devices have the latest update.

Key Inclusions

  • Updating internal components of the OS without a complete system update
  • Assists in keeping the OS code swifter on devices
  • Project Mainline updates will be like those of apps, through Google Play
  • Stakeholders can undergo optimization of the key parts of the OS without the cost of a full update
  • The constancy of platform implementation across different devices garnering standardization
  • Lessens development and testing costs

Enhanced Privacy and Security

Ensuring increased privacy and security have been of prime focus, in this release. There have been new features and changes in the technology and each of them is bent towards offering end users better transparency, privacy, and control.

Key Inclusions

  • Stricter permission rules on utilization of data apps
  • Offering choice to users on allowing access to location
  • Limiting app launches from the background
  • Blocking sudden launches that happen unpredictably
  • Randomizing MAC address while the mobile device is connected to different Wi-Fi networks
  • Extension of BiometricPrompt verification framework for better security
  • Support extension to better authentication methods and workflows
  • Further support to the TLS standards with TLS 1.3
  • A new section ‘Privacy’ that shows a mix of different settings and dashboards to display and control data access

Striking Balance with Digital Devices with Novel Features

Android Q has attempted to offer its users the tools and perceptibility to strike a balance in the way they use their phones. There have been tools earlier that have helped users attain their goals in the best way possible.

Key Inclusions

  • Offering a sharp focus to the apps you want, or you don’t want, Focus Mode gives you the option to choose the apps you feel may divert you
  • Usage of Quick Tiles to activate the Focus Mode and temporarily stop usage of those selected apps
  • A family connection through devices with Family Link, that offers the connection between a parent and a child’s phone right at the Settings stage
  • Facility to set screen time constraints, list of apps to be made available, time limits on apps, check on which apps are being used more etc.

Enhancing Capabilities of Already Existing Fundamentals

A new feature is more than welcome but that doesn’t suffice. Those which already exist also need to be upgraded, bettered and represented. And that is what Android Q has been doing. Apart from all new features that have been listed above, here are some of the upgrades provided in existing features, to better the user experience.

Key Inclusions

  • Refurbishing the Wi-Fi load to improvise on discretion and performance along with management of IoT devices, thereby, enhancing internet connectivity
  • Lowering latency with apps requesting adaptive Wi-Fi for real-time situations like gaming, voice calls etc.
  • Capture audio stream of the app through other apps with a novel API, with complete security ensured
  • Requesting a Dynamic Depth image, for photos, with specific blur options
  • Supporting audio encrypting and high-quality video content to Android devices with lower bandwidth
  • Using a thermal API to monitor changes on the device due to excessive warmth and take actions accordingly
  • Optimization of ART runtime to assist apps in functioning faster and smoother, consuming less memory
  • Cloud-based, collective profiles along with APKs to assist in the initial startup

Latest News About Android Q

As we await the final release of Android Q

It surely will be an interesting wait till then. Android application development has always been a preferred choice of many, around the globe. And, the trend continues to be so because of the yearly innovations that Google comes up with, especially during the Google I/O conference, the latest being Android Q. Experience the magic of the latest Android version and unleash the potential of this mobile technology stalwart. We may have to wait for a while for actually enjoy Android Q but it is worth the wait.

List of Phones that Get the Android 10 Q Beta Version

  • Asus Zenfone 5z
  • Essential PH-1
  • HMD Global Nokia 8.1
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • LG G8
  • OnePlus OP 6T
  • Oppo Reno
  • Google Pixel, Pixel XL / 2 / 2 XL / 3 / 3 XL
  • Realme 3 Pro
  • Sony Xperia XZ3
  • Tecno Spark 3 Pro
  • Vivo X27, NEX S, NEX A
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, Mi 9




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