Google has released the first test version of the Android 10 Q for software developers and for people who are interested in testing the new OS. It is right now exclusively available for Google Pixel, Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 3 and it is in an early stage, so the Android Q might come with a few problems and some features might not have been implemented yet.
Well, are are some of the new things Android Q comes with later this year in the final version.
It is important to keep in mind the fact that despite Android Q providing support for a “dark theme” it can not be activated or disabled. If you update from Android Pie, make sure you pick the Light or Dark theme before. Alternatively, you should turn on the Battery Saver feature in Android Q in order to see darker menus and icons.
Many elements of the interface have been changed and a few buttons changed their icons and positions. All messages now appear in windows with a new design, Share menus and buttons that control data connections are now entirely different. In the “Power” menu we can also see the “Emergency” button which can provide quick access to emergency services in the country you’re in.
Google has also changed a few features regarding geo-location and privacy and you can now use more advanced features to control them within apps. Just like iOS, Android now offers the possibility of offering GPS access to apps at all time or just when the application is in use. Notifications now have more options, and you can control when they appear from the notification center. You can choose to make them appear visually or just through sound.
There are also a few entirely new features in Android Q. For example, it is the first version developed by Google to provide the feature that allows you to fully record the screen in video format. Screenshots can now display the notch of the phone and rounded corners, while a native desktop interface has been integrated probably as a reply to functionalities by Samsung and Huawei in the last few years.
Google has also integrated a new app called Files that works as a file manager for everything you store on the phone, but also for Google Drive accounts.
And not least, Android Q is the first Android version to come with native support for foldable displays. Samsung and Huawei presented the Galaxy Fold and Mate X phones running on Android Pie with proprietary solutions for multitasking and for app continuity, but Android Q is offering these features out of the box, using solutions developed by Google.
There are many new abilities and changes in Android Q but they will come to light in the next few weeks when more and more developers and users will dig deep into the files and menus of the new Android Q. Google is planning to release more Beta versions of the operating system and most likely the range of compatible devices will be extended in the near future.
To download the Android Q beta version for your Pixel device you can sign up on the official Android website. It is interesting that Google offers Android Q for Pixel and Pixel XL, models which – in theory – might run out of official support this year because they were released almost three years ago.