Today Google has released the first beta for the next version of its mobile OS, Android Q. In this Android Q Beta, we will see a number of functional and visual changes. You can get if you have Pixel 1/XL, Pixel 2/XL or Pixel 3/XL.You can get it through the Android Beta program – just enroll your device here. Now let’s move to list of the changelogs in Android Q Beta that we knew so far.
Support for Foldable devices
The implementation of smooth and consistent UI across the OS when switching between different form factors. Hence, it will be compatible with foldable devices.
Emergency shortcut in Power menu
Quick access to “Emergency” shortcut by Long-pressing on the Power menu
Inbuilt Screen Recorder in Android Q Beta
There are a bunch of useful new features baked in Android Q. But one of the most exciting is a newly added screen recorder.
Round Corners for Recent Apps
Some of them are minor changes in the android q beta program. Like the App cards in the Recent view feature will have rounded corners.
Battery time estimate in Quick Settings
The Quick Settings panel have a new battery time remaining estimate at the right. But while charging the percentage indicator returns in place of it.
Dark mode & Device theme removal
Android Q beta removes the “Device theme” option in Display settings. However, users who updated to today’s Beta from Pie with ‘dark’ enabled have retained the look.
New APK installer UI
Android Q beta features a new pop-up screen while Installing an APK.
QR Code Wi-Fi Sharing
Wi-Fi gets ‘Easy Connect’ with QR code sharing and setup in the new Beta program.
A New Addition to Settings- ‘Time to Read’
A new accessibility option in Android Q called “Time to read”.This lets users choose how much time you want to read and take action on messages that automatically go away.
Location data access control
In the new beta, apps will only be able to get location data access when a user permits it. Also, Android Q users will be asked if they want to enable location access to an app at all times or only when the app is in use.
Other Features and Improvements
- Will have Connectivity improvements. There is also an addition of support for new Wi-Fi standard
- A new Dynamic Depth open format with Android Q. This can also be used to create 3D images or support AR photography.
- New codecs have been introduced to the OS like the open source AV1 for video, audio encoding via Opus that is optimized for speech and music streaming
- Improvements to the ART (Android Run Time)
More information on Android Q will be revealed in May during Google I/O.