Android 10 Q: What are we to expect?
Google has begun spreading the sixth and final beta version of the Android 10 Q
OS for Google Pixel family smartphones, which means little time left until the
final version release. It’s still unknown by the way what dessert is hidden under the
Q. Apparently, it will be “decoded” when the final version is ready. We have
collected 17 major updates that we will definitely test soon.
Screen recordingFinally, Google will add possibility to record screen actions. Owners of the pure Android devices were forced to use third-party programs for a long time, “enjoying” ads and watermarks on videos. Now, when you hold down the power button, a four option pop-up menu will appear: reboot, shutdown, screen recording, and emergency call.
5GAt the I/O 2019 developer conference, Google talked about 5G support in the new Android version. More than 20 mobile operators will spread fifth-generation networks around the world by the end of the 2019, and the search giant will also take part.
Adaptive work with display cutouts and flexible screensGained Android Q Beta 1 access on the Pixel 3 XL smartphone some enthusiasts found out that the system now takes into account the shape of the display and the presence of cutouts when making a screenshot. This may indicate a better cutouts and rounded corners integration. Perhaps Android users will forget about cropped interface elements in some apps.
Moreover, Android Q will have foldable phones native support. It is still unknown how it gonna work, but the developers already have foldable phones emulator. This feature supports 7.3 or 8-inch virtual displays in open position and 4.6 or 6.6-inch when folded.
Live CaptionsThis new function allows you to transform absolutely any audio into text in real time. In theory, it will allow you to watch videos without sound. It’s a useful thing for hearing-impaired persons. This innovation will also be especially relevant for Instagram stories. Many users watch them without sound, and now they can read everything that the blogger is talking about. Transcription takes place directly on the device and can work without permanent Internet connection, as Google says.
Desktop modeThis innovation traces were discovered in the source code by the enthusiasts from XDA-developers. If this mode is really implemented in the OS, then a smartphone or tablet when connecting a monitor, keyboard and mouse can become a replacement for the desktop. However, it’s not that simple, because Samsung and Huawei solutions work with the use of brand docking stations.
Gesture controlAccording to the testers of the first beta version, Android Q resembles iPhone X. So, swipe left brings you back to the previous app, and swiping up and holding down brings up a list of running apps. In the second beta version the virtual navigation bar still in place, but open apps can already be swiped at any direction. In the third beta version the buttons were completely removed – swipe from left to right will bring up the menu and if you want to go back you will have to do a double swipe from left to right. In this form, the system is likely to migrate to the final version.
Playback and volume controlIn the tenth Android version, according to the April update, the logic for controlling multimedia playback and volume will be changed again. The displayed mini-player in the status bar works with all media files. Above the player’s window icons for wireless interfaces and sound output to external wireless speakers are available. The volume control became different: using the standard menu you can make quick changes for each sound source.
BubblesIn Android Q Beta 2 released in April 2019 a new feature was discovered. “Bubbles” of messages from the Google Message app pop up on the home screen. Facebook Messenger also acts in the same way. This function might work in all messengers.
By the way, smart responses to pushes are also connected with “bubbles”. The user will be offered different answers to incoming messages right in the notification window. Responses will be generated based on the text of the incoming message. In addition to text the system will also offer some actions that may be connected with installed apps. For example, if your friend is waiting for you and texts you about it, you can immediately build a route to him or her with Google Maps directly from the notification.