Top 15 Features that are Worth a Look in Android Q
The next version of Android looks pretty good.
Google has made available the first beta of Android Q for Pixel smartphones. It’s not just for developers; all users can install it. Here are five features that are worth a look. Keep in mind; Android Q is currently in beta – the first beta – the features will probably change or be removed.
Wi-Fi and QR Code
Android Q has a new feature that allows you to create a QR code for your Wi-Fi network, or scan a QR code to join a Wi-Fi network, directly in the device’s Wi-Fi settings.
Cancel an app deletion
Have you ever accidentally deleted an app from your home screen? With Android Q, you have a few seconds after removing an application to cancel the change. You will find the Cancel button at the bottom of the screen. Tap it and presto, the app is back in its place, as if nothing had happened.
Control of geolocation
Android finally gets more effective control over location information. Currently, an application can access your location all the time or never – depending on how you set the phone. With Android Q, you’ll have the option to let app access your location information only when you’re actively using the app.
It is not only a question of privacy, but also a way to improve the battery of your phone.
Settings related to privacy
With Android Q, there is now a section dedicated to privacy. By opening it, you access the different permissions that applications can request such as calendar, location, camera, contacts, and microphone. Android lacked a clear and precise way to know what data is used by applications. This new section makes it easy to discover and revoke permissions.
Better control of notifications
When you tap and hold an alert, you now have several options to manage how you are alerted by the app: Block, ‘Silently Show’, and ‘Keep Alert.’
With this little addition, you no longer need to dig into the Settings to know how to customize the alerts of an application. Just press and hold, choose an option, and it’s over.
Supports foldable screens
Android Q allows developers to manage the display of their application on foldable screens. It includes how applications are resized and how they are indented when they are not active.
JPEG and Dynamic Depth
Many smartphones have a portrait mode that blurs the background of a subject in a photo. The depth mapping data used to create this effect is deleted once the photo is taken. Dynamic Depth will allow applications to use this information to provide specialized blur and bokeh effect options. Developers will also be able to use Dynamic Depth data to create 3D images and augmented reality photography.
The new Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus were the first phones to feature HDR10+ high dynamic range. Android Q supports HDR10+ for compatible smartphones and tablets. Android Q will also be able to handle the AV1 video codec that allows for better quality video streaming using less bandwidth.
Applications that launch faster
Since Android Nougat, the opening of applications has accelerated because the OS has learned which parts of the code of an application are frequently used. With Android Q, Google apps will launch immediately. Developers can use Android Q to process the application data sooner and then move it to a secure container for it to be ready to launch.
A settings panel for applications
Android Q allows you to manage the settings of an application from a floating panel that provides specific functions used by the application in which one is located. For example, the Google Chrome display screen may have connectivity settings such as Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, and data.
Protection to private life
The new OS gives more control over applications and their access to shared files. This is one of the biggest novelties of Android. You can also control an application’s access to photos and videos. For downloads, we can, for example, decide which files an application can access.
Limit to sharing position
When an application claims permission to access the location, users will be able to choose from several options: never, only when the application is running or all the time, even in the background. For example, if you’re using a carpool app, you can let it track your location while it’s in use, but not allow it to do so when it’s not active.
More direct sharing shortcuts
Developers will be able to add pre-configured shortcuts in the Share interface that will load instantly when launched by a user.
Android Q offers more support for passive authentication such as facial recognition. It also adds specific flows for implicit and explicit authentication. The OS update adopts the TLS 1.3 security layer, which according to Google can establish a secure connection 40% faster than TLS 1.2.
Up-to-date Android apps
To help applications get the latest security and performance features, Android Q will warn you when it installs a new application targeting Android Marshmallow or an older version. And starting this summer, Google Play will require all applications to be 64-bit compatible.