Google announces Android Q: New features revealed in beta version

Yolanda Curtis
March 14, 2019

Android already sends out notifications for estimated remaining battery life when your charge reaches a certain threshold, but Google is incorporating these estimates even further in Android Q. If you have the battery percentage in your status bar toggled on, you'll now see how long your phone thinks your battery will last in the quick settings shade.

You can install the Android Q beta on any Pixel phone, going all the way back to the 2016 first-gen version. With support for Android Foldables form factor, the platform will include changes such as onResume and onPause to assist multi-resume and more.

Users who want are willing to deal with bugs and issues - of which there will be plenty - can enroll in the Android Beta for Pixel devices program here.

There's no guarantee these will make it into the final build of Android Q, mind you - Google teased a dark mode in previous versions of Android, only to pull them in the final release - but a man can dream. It's a very early release and is coming out now so that app makers can get a jump on updating their software to take advantage of Q's new features. As expected, it's got a bunch of new features that will refine (and hopefully improve) the Android experience.but since this beta is for developers, a lot of the changes listed on the Android Developers Blog post explain all the new features and APIs for apps. This will make it possible for apps to offer specialized blur and bokeh options. That effectively blocks apps from tracking you in the background.

As for what's coming in the future, Android Q also has the foldable tech into consideration.

As for the user-centric features, Android Q introduces Sharing Shortcuts. Google also has system images available for the Pixel, Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 to use an Android emulator. Developers can use Dynamic Depth data to create 3D images and AR photography. You can also set a custom wallpaper for the desktop. And because they're published in advance, the share UI can load instantly.

There are also tweaks to connectivity, including "adaptive Wi-Fi" that enables high performance/low latency modes, which would be useful for things like online gaming or voice calls.

Now for the important question... "Building on top of efforts like Google Play Protect and runtime permissions, Android Q brings a number of additional privacy and security features for users", as well as a host of others that are likewise included in the update.

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