Google has rolled out the first beta version of Android Q, the next version of its Android OS. And for the first time, the company has released beta 1 along with developer preview of its upcoming OS. As widely speculated, Android Q brings several new features for Android smartphone users. So, here are all the new features coming to Android smartphones later this year.
System-wide Dark theme is finally here (kind of)
The Android Q beta 1 version also comes with a Dark Theme that can be enabled once you turn on the battery saver. Some devices have been updated to Q with the Dark Mode already enabled, as mentioned by XDA Developers.
More control on app’s access to your location
Google is revamping the user privacy by limiting the location access by apps in Android Q. Earlier you could either enable or disable the access by an app. Now, there’s a third option that lets the app see your location only when it is activated.
Quick file sharing option
File sharing has also become easier in Android Q. Users will now see a faster loading and more useful menu while sharing a file. While sharing a URL, the option to copy the link is seen on top of the menu.
New battery indicator
Android Q also changes the way the remaining battery life is shown on the top corner of the screen along with other notification icons. Instead of the battery percentage users will see text like ‘Until 9.30PM’. It is said that texts like these will show up only after a certain battery level. Before that users will be able to see the percentage.
New colour themes
New colour themes are also there in Android Q Beta 1. The colour accent options are limited though – Device Default, Black, Green and Purple. It can be found in the ‘Developer Options’ and is similar to what OnePlus’s OxygenOS has been sporting since months.
To connect to Wi-Fi without showing the password
Connecting to a Wi-Fi network becomes easier with Android Q. Users can now simply connect by scanning the QR Code. This means you don’t always have to give your Wi-Fi password to the user.
Third-party apps’ camera to get better
Google’ Android Q will let app developers access depth information in images. They will be able to access data containing information on the distance of objects from the camera lens. This will lead to better camera results via third-party apps.
Support for new audio and video formats
The new OS version now supports open source video codec AV1. This means high-quality video content can be streamed to Android devices using less bandwidth.
New app alerts options
Long pressing an app notification will now show users more useful options to block them, show silently or keep alerting the way it was. Until Android 9 Pie, the options shown were ‘Stop Notifications’ and ‘Keep showing’.
New ‘Desktop Mode’
Android Q Beta 1 also has something called as the ‘Desktop Mode’ wherein the handset seamlessly connects with an external display.
Support for foldable screens
As expected, Android Q will be supporting foldable screens. The OS version is likely to change the UI positions and other elements in the home screen as soon as the handset is folded.