Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Android Q: The 5 features you need to hear about

Android Q: The 5 features you need to hear about

Google expects to have six beta releases this year before the final rollout, so you might want to wait for another couple of iterations. Hopefully you'll be able to appreciate these hidden changes indirectly, but in case they're too subtle or you want a general run-down of what's new, here are the major additions. Google is urging anyone who experiments with the software to send as much feedback as possible since that's the whole point of investing resources in offering early OS previews in the first place. Just as Android 9 Pie came with different kinds of display notch designs, the Android Q has been created to better manage the contents on devices with foldable screens.

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Google will announce more Android Q features at Google I/O 2019 in May where it is also expected to announce some new Assistant related features.

We expect more devices will be added to the Android Q beta before long, but for now, it's pretty much a Pixel party. This floating settings panel could provide quick access to things like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Read on to find out more.

Also, the access to sensitive information such as IMEI number and serial number will be restricted on Android Q. The Wi-Fi stack in the new OS comes has been rebuilt to deliver enhanced privacy and performance.

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Monochrome is self-explanatory, and can be found in the current version of Android, 9.0 Pie.

You can add app shortcuts to the desktop which launch in freeform multi-windows. The example Google users is finding you're not connected to the internet when you open a browser.

Controlling apps that access photos, videos and audio files have become easier to manage on Android Q. Also, apps are required to use the system file picker inside the Downloads folder so that users can choose which files can be access by the app. It will only be available throughout the testing period, so once the stable Q release drops, this app will go away.

In addition to these, Android Q brings new connectivity APIs onboard along with support for more media codecs and camera improvements.

We've been begging Google to give us a screen recording feature for ages, and while the company has worked on in the past, this is the first time you can actually try it out.

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