Following its tradition, Google has taken advantage of its huge I/O 2019 conference to announce not just new smartphones and accessories but also the much anticipated new version of its mobile operating system that now comes with its newest version: Android 10 Q.
The software is still under the beta program for users’ testing and currently running the third beta. Android Q is expected to be released only in August this year for consumers as a stable version for everyone to have the best experience.
With the new Android Q, Google introduces more features to the operating system. Some of the new features include the dark mode that covers the entire OS, remodeled gesture navigation interface, focus on the privacy of users, offers native support for folding smartphones and more.
Let’s check out the features of Android Q in details:
Dark Theme (Night Mode)
One of the most anticipated features is the night mode on Android Q. This functionality is already supported on Android phones by other manufacturers. However, those with “pure” and unadapted Android had to be limited to the classic white theme.
With updates to native Google apps like Calendar, Phone, Messages, and more, rumors began that the company would be preparing the dark theme for its operating system as well, and that’s when it finally arrived!
Now not only applications offer such this feature but also system elements such as configuration pages, notification area, and other visual details come to offer with black or gray instead of the classic white.
The Focus Mode is a feature that expands the idea of Do Not Disturb. It integrates with the Digital Wellness and takes it all to another level. With Focus Mode users have their apps completely disabled so that the smartphone stays just the basics and you do not get notifications from apps and games you do not want.
With this, during your work or study, simply activate the new function to stop receiving notifications that take you away from the focus and distract you all the time.
New Gesture Navigation
Dragging the finger from any side edge makes the user go back on Android 10 Q. Another feature is for the navigation controls, which now completely ignore the buttons to adopt only the gesture of dragging to the sides. That way, Android Q ends the back button to display the new drag gesture to the left to go back.
This way, users will now have only the icon in a pill format, much longer and less thick, to navigate the interface. Dragging you back to the home screen, to access the multitasking you can drag your finger on the navigation bar (left or right) and move between recently opened apps, or drag from the bottom up and keep your finger pressed until the application cards pop up.
The automatic responses ( Smart Reply in the original English) are getting even smarter with Android Q. The new version has been improved and now allows the entire system to provide the so-called automatic responses to messaging applications, offering answers with context and emoji!
Native support for foldable smartphones
The Android 9 Pie did not offer official support for dual-screen (foldable) devices because the need for such a feature was not yet necessary., Therefore the companies like Huawei and Samsung had to adjust the operating system so that applications were tuned to the device. screen change with continuity.
Now with Android Q, the operating system itself provides native support so that applications can adjust to different screen formats, giving the user a complete experience with the device having a fully-open or folded screen.
Native Dynamic Depth for Photos
Now Google is starting to offer native, deep-level support for photos captured by smartphones. It will allow applications to use depth-of-field information to offer users new possibilities, as well as enhancing augmented-reality features.
This will also allow smartphones to offer enhancements in portrait mode and better performance in cropping the subject or object photographed, with smoothness and more realistic than before.
Faster and Safer Apps
The new version of Android is also delivering handsome performance gains at the start of apps and games. With strong optimizations by Google allowing users to spend less time looking at the blank screen and more time using the apps.
One of the most outstanding news from the company was the security and privacy of its users on the Android platform. With more detailed control tools, people will be able to know which smartphone features and services the particular application or game has access to. If it is using GPS even when the app is not open, the user can restrict usage.
Updates via the Google Play Store
Another major breakthrough is for Android’s security updates and patches. In order to speed up the update on more devices, the company would be developing such functionality, that’ll allow essential updates like Android’s monthly security packages to be updated just like any application or game that the user has on the system.
This turns out to be more practical and efficient by skipping the smartphone manufacturers who need to release such an update to their smartphones and thus take more than a month to deliver a very important update.