It's that time again. Google has released Betas for its newest, biggest, as yet unnamed version of Android: Q. Your Android Police Eagle Eyes reviewers have been looking for new features, changes, improvements, and even setbacks. We've listed everything we've found here, along with a brief description of what's been new since the last beta. So let's take a look at Android Q.
As always, we have to thank our contributors (❤️) for feature level reporting. Without you all our work would be much more difficult.
We have kept our general categories at the same level for the moment as they did last year, though they may later be reorganized when we find that different groups make sense. And remember, we're still finding new features, so this document sometimes lags behind our coverage of the series. Based on a request I received last year, we've changed our format for these Android feature summaries to make it easier to understand over time.
In this list, the features listed have been updated to include details from Beta 6 as well as some other recently discovered features from older versions.
To see what's new since the last update, navigate to the "What's new" section right below this update. The new details have also been added to the full and extensive main list of Android Q features below.
We now had several weeks to play Android Q Beta 6 – expected to be the last beta before the final stable release, according to the original schedule. Beta 6 did not have too many new features, but there were still a few laggards from previous versions, some of which were to blame for how few of them were. However, as we approach final release, our list is nearing completion.
- The "Back Sensitivity" option discovered in earlier leaked builds eventually appears: Although it was previously leaked in a beta 5 spec build, the new option controls how easy it is to trigger the backlog. Gesture in the new fully gestured navigation system is finally live from Beta 6 onwards.
- Android Q Easter egg with hidden Picross puzzle: Every Android version gets a hidden Easter egg. Some are a bit laxer, others include hidden games or collecting cats. Based on the latest developer releases for the Essential Phone, Android Q's Easter egg begins with a graphic that says "Android 10," which turns into "Android Q," and another hidden Picross-style puzzle. When it is fixed, a system icon will be displayed.
- Smart Lock & # 39; Trusted Face & # 39; is broken, but there is a workaround: For many, the Trusted Face mode in Smart Lock Beta 6 or later is broken, but you can fix it in the meantime by toggling the "Allow Trusted Agent Release Only" setting in Developer Options.
- The gesture bar disappears from the home screen: The thin, elongated pill disappears from the default starter when it appears on the home screen.
- Customizable Styles and Incoming Clocks: Based on a preference proposal in Android Q Beta 6, customizable "Styles, Wallpapers, Clocks and more" will be available for Android – or at least future pixels with Android Q. The watch options are already hidden in current builds and accessible via ADB. The background images are obviously already customizable. In addition, Android Q added icon, font, and color adjustments. It sounds like we could see everything in a single set of fitting functions.
- The black boot animation extends to more devices: Although it has landed in Beta 5, the Black Boot apparently had some problems in the dark theme / mode animation. For all pixels it should work now.
- The night vision system switches to the main interface in Google Camera: As stated earlier, Android Q Beta 6 has moved the pixel's night vision mode to the far left view and replaced Panorama.
- New "emergency" icon in the power menu: The old first aid icon (a plus sign with a box) for the emergency info / dialer in the power menu has been replaced by an asterisk.
- "Version of Google Play system update renamed to Settings in Mainline Module Version: In a subtle change that is clearly related to the migration from Android Q to modular security updates called Project Mainline," Google Play System Update "in Preferences -> About Phone -> Android Displayed The version has been renamed to" Main Module Version. "
- Less Transparent / Darker Rotary Button: The new floating Force / Lock button that works when using Android Q's new gesture navigation system displayed is now less transparent and appears darker.
- Notification Preferences Extension of the Notification Channels Detected in DP2: Initially discovered in DP2 as a setting shortcut, the notification channel settings window now also pops up when you manage notifications from the shadow, instead of leading you to the settings app
We also discovered a few minor features that did not deserve independent reporting. Some of them were subtly minor bugs from Beta 4 and 5 or incredibly subtle changes in Beta 6, both of which are included in Android Q and worth mentioning before final release:
- The Signal Strength icon indicates a border that connects Wi-Fi and battery.
- New permission "Adaptive Notifications" for accessing special apps (released in Q Beta 4).
- Smart Storage now Indicates when it was last run (released in Q Beta 6).
- Two-finger gesture added to trigger the accessibility feature in full-gesture navigation mode (released in Q Beta 5) Turnoff Turning off immediately opens the Power menu without delay. (Previously, the first press waked the screen, requiring a second long hold to access the Power menu. Appears in Q Beta 5.)
- Dark topic context menus now have a gray background instead of black ( will be displayed in Q Beta 5)).
- Slightly smaller app captions in the Pixel Launcher (released in Q Beta 6).
- Slightly redesigned animation to open the app drawer in the Pixel Launcher: Icons on the Home screen are "faded in" and faded in (Q Beta 6).
The feature list of Android Q
Completely new Q features
- Theming: Android Q Beta 1 supports changing accent colors, fonts, and icon shapes, although the choices are limited.
- Beta 2 slightly extends the range of theming of icons to include the Settings app.
- Google's Gboard responds to topic-level color changes and dark theme settings.
- Four more accent colors for the theming in Beta 4: Enjoy the colors Cinnamon, Ocean, Space and Orchid.
- Incoming Customizable Styles and Watches: Based on a preference proposal (they're one thing) in Android Q Beta 6, customizable styles, wallpapers, clocks and more are displayed "comes on Android – or at least future pixels with Android Q. Some timing options are already hidden in current builds accessible via ADB.
- Estimating Remaining Battery Life in Fast Settings: Apple may have responded to criticisms of reducing battery capacity during the latest update of the MacBook Pro by completely eliminating battery life estimates. However, Google brings this feature closer to the front and in the middle in Android Q Beta 1 gives you this estimate in the shadow of the quick settings. (Only if you enable battery percentage in the status bar.)
- Wi-Fi Easy Connect:
- System wide dark theme
- Initially it was secret, incomplete, some apps broke optically, and the setting was removed, but Android Q Beta 1 ended up with a new dark theme that further extended the previous device theme setting to apply a more comprehensive darker mode.
However, the setting itself has been removed from Beta 1, so you'll need to enable / disable it now via ADB.
- From beta 2, automatic night mode could be activated via ADB.
- Google finally made Dark Theme officially at the I / O Developer Conference on which Beta 3 landed.
- Google's Gboard responds to topic-level color changes and dark theme settings.  Force Developer Option on Dark Designs: Whether you're a developer looking to see how your app may react, or a user who's willing to put caution and design in the dust, Android Q Beta 3 has one new option to enforce the system-wide darkness mode on each app. As you might expect, things can break.
- Dark Theme becomes a simple switch: Instead of a stand-alone nested menu with just two options, Google has made binary selection a binary option.
- Dark mode notifications receive their original icons: Beta 4 returns notifications that are displayed in Dark mode The full-color notification icons, not the monochrome versions.
- Volume controls get dark mode: One of the last big stragglers who switched to dark mode gets a new look in Beta 4.
- Dark Boot Animation: Not all devices seem to understand it, but Beta 5 finally fixes one of the longest-standing complaints about using a pixel at night.
- Starting with Beta 6, the dark / black boot animation should work on all pixels.
- Pop-up menus for dark topics now have a gray background instead of black in Beta 5.
- Initially it was secret, incomplete, some apps broke optically, and the setting was removed, but Android Q Beta 1 ended up with a new dark theme that further extended the previous device theme setting to apply a more comprehensive darker mode.
- App Standard Categories for Call Verification and Emergencies: With Android, unlike iOS, you can replace standard apps that perform standard actions with … whatever you want. The default apps category will be expanded to include a Call Verification App and an Emergency App that will allow you to set new default settings for both categories.
- Native Desktop Mode: The convergence of mobile devices and desktops has long been a dream (and one that can easily fail), but Android Q Beta 1 introduced Google's own view of the idea, with a desktop UI Style with free-form window management, although this is obviously still in the works.
- Desktop mode receives a context menu: The experimental desktop mode added in Q invokes a right-click context menu in Beta 4, the content of which is identical to a long print.
- Built-in screenshot: Bloggers will be pleased to hear that Android Q Beta 1 comes with a built-in screen recorder. YMMV, although some have reported errors, while others have no problem.
- Android Q beta feedback app: We knew it would be there and … well, that's it.
- The feedback app in Beta 2 has been updated with a fancy new dark mode and a few other minor enhancements.
- Chat-style chat bubbles: Hidden in Beta 1 and later announced in Beta 2, Android Q seems to include a new balloon notification system. Think of Facebook's speech bubbles and you have the basic concept.
- New "Emergency" button on the Power menu: The new Emergency button guides you to a dialer with access to user-configured emergency information such as allergies and emergency contacts.
- Device availability added to Settings -> Phone Information.
- Media Alerts Search Progress Bar: In Android Q Beta 2, a notification progress bar has been added for some music apps and for YouTube, open the app.
- "Pixel Themes" app will probably come: Android Q's new theme will not exist in a vacuum, possibly a separate app will also be released.
- "Deep Press" may be Google's version of Apple's 3D Touch: Pressure-sensitive actions may transfer to Android Q (if supported hardware is present). This is described in the API documentation.
- Audio balance in accessibility: You can adjust the audio balance between the left and right channels via a slider in Accessibility.
- The new "focus mode" in Digital Wellbeing disables distracting apps: If you really need to do your job and are easily distracted, a new focus mode will make sure that certain apps you set will not stop you from being productive.
- Beta 3s supports twice as many devices as Android P betas: Last year, nearly a dozen devices could use the Android P betas, and this year Google has that number at around  two  dozen Doubled from Beta 3.
- Quick settings to disable device sensors: Whether you have concerns about privacy or are just looking for energy savings (we're not sure if this will make a difference), Android Q Beta 3 has an option Disable device sensors with a new Quick Settings tile that can be toggled through Developer Options.
- Modular Updates via Project Mainline: Google breaks some OS-level updates so they can be sent to devices through the Play Store, which is distributed as APKs as well as new APEX files. TL; DR: Some updates at operating system level could be faster and more convenient in the future.
- Automatic detection of car accidents: Android Q Beta 3 has detected signs that Google may be testing a way to detect car accidents on pixels.
- Tasker-like rules "Functionality might come: The people at XDA discovered some strings buried in a system APK, which implies that automation tools may come on Android Q.
- Dynamic System Updates Arrive: In my opinion, a little bit wrong, but dynamic system updates have arrived in Beta 4 and provide the ability to launch generic system images without the hassle of an unlocked boot loader or manual flash.
- "Details on face authentication hidden in Beta 4: Beta 4 eradication detected strings associated with a new biometric face authentication security feature, possibly related to the previously discovered facial identification feature.
- Hidden One / Google Pay Switch, plus hidden card and badge settings screen: With an ADB command, you can press the Q Beta 4 power button to quickly access Google Pay cards or other cards and badges through a completely new setting area.
Rounded screen corners / notches in screenshots: As of beta 1, Android Q displays both the rounded corners on screens on devices such as the Pixel 3 and the notch on the Pixel 3 XL.This could be a mistake have been, and we could see that this reversed or it could be the norm for the future. The time will tell.
- Grayscale options for individual apps: We do not know what it will look like or how it will manifest as it's not live yet, but Google assures that with Android Q, we may be able to set individual apps to grayscale – presumably outside the existing option for this feature via the Wind Down setting of Digital Wellbeing.
- & # 39; Bell & # 39; s Recent Alerts Viewer: Google is currently all about notification management, and Android Q Beta 1 introduced a subtle new bell-ringing notification feature which app is responsible for your last interruption.
- Review of the app information, option to open the app itself, notification statistics: "Disable" becomes "uninstall": In Android Q Beta 1, the window with the app information was displayed a bit like a visual revision, with new centered symbols and text. You can now open the app directly, it displays the average daily notification values
and Google has changed "Disable" for system apps to "Uninstall" (and "Enable" became "Install"). This pseudo-uninstall process no longer provides the ability to remove app updates.
- Google has decided to undo this last change. "Disable" is back. Some other options in the app info have also been renamed.
- Ambient Display displays music information during playback: When your Pixel plays music on Android Q Beta 1, the Ambient Display displays details about the current song.
- New battery icon: Following the style of Google's new iconography elsewhere, the battery icon is outlined and the power saving mode no longer turns orange.
- Profile picture in Settings: Quite self-explanatory, your Google Account's avatar now appears in the upper-right corner of the screen like some other Google-created apps. It is also a link to account settings, device information, emergency information and payment methods.
- The App for Playback of Active Media in Ambient Display now only has one icon: Before the content of the app is displayed as an icon next to the associated text (title / artist info) and in the list of notifications below for the ongoing Notification. Now it will not appear in this second place.
- Button to edit the quick settings and name of the operator moved: Beta 3 has moved both elements further down in the quick settings.
- Bluetooth devices get colorful icons: Follow changes to the iconography elsewhere, Beta 3 changes to more colorful icons in the Bluetooth settings for different device types.
- The file selector displays more options: & nbsp; said beta 3.
- Emergency information is being revised: As of beta 3, the header text is red, the information is sorted by card, and the entire UI looks slightly different with the fieldwork hidden behind new edit buttons.
- Minor revisions to notification settings: Notification management is a particular feature of Android Q, and Google has redesigned the settings panel in Beta 4 for managing individual app notifications, adding colored new priority type icons and switching check boxes.
- New wi-fi icon: beta 4 adds an outline The wi-fi icon fits better with the specified battery.
- The Signal Strength icon shows an outline for Wi-Fi and battery.
- Slightly smaller app captions in the Pixel Launcher (released in Q Beta 6).
- Slightly redesigned animation to open the App Drawer in the Pixel Launcher: Icons on the Home screen are both "on" and hidden (released in Q Beta 6).
Changes to existing features
- gesture navigation
- Slight changes in iOS style to the existing two-button pills-based navigation: Android Q redesigns the gestures to make them a little more similar than in iOS, with swipes in both directions for navigating between applications , Beta 2 was originally discovered as a hidden change in the Pixel Launcher and later expanded to accommodate these changes – with an even more minimal (and non-functional) layout hidden inside.
- Complete gestural navigation
- In beta 3, "full gestural navigation" in iPhone style was finally displayed at I / O. It's not enabled by default, but it replaces the old pill with a super-slim navigation bar (which can be transparent if apps support it). Swiping will switch apps and move the back button to an edge gesture (as previously recognized but hidden in Beta 2).
Gesture navigation interrupts the fixing of the screen: Fixing an app with gestures enabled can lead to a softlock.
- Full Gesture Navigation Gets Rotary Lock Button: One of the biggest drawbacks of the new navigation system introduced in Beta 3 was the lack of space for a spin lock button, and Beta 4 returns it in a hovering form.
- In Beta 6, this new button loses some transparency and appears darker.
- Gesture Navigation Optimization: Beta 3's fully gestured navigation introduced some improvements in Beta 4, such as: For example, more reliable triggers for multitasking / updates, subtle optimizations in animation, and the behavior of the "back" edge. Things like YouTube PiP play better.
- A "back sensitivity" setting was found in leaks that may further optimize the edge gesture and its activation, but has not been active since Beta 5.
- Press and hold the navigation key "Peek" for a long time: If you hold down the "Peek" button in Beta 5, you can pull out the edge of a "Peek" notification tray while using the new gesture navigation system.
- There is also a flawed two-finger gesture that (sometimes) does the same thing, but it's not clear whether it's an intentional feature or an accident.
- Leaving frame content is easier with Beta 5's gesture-based navigation: My personal error with the new Q-gestures has finally been fixed, and leaving content like videos does not require wiping from two sides. Starting with Beta 5, the gesture bar is dragged up or down by a simple swipe, and a second swipe from the same edge triggers Back Joy.
- The gesture bar disappears in Beta 6 on the home screen: The Thin The oblong pill disappears from the default home screen when you are on the home screen.
- Added two-finger gesture to trigger the functionality of the access keys in full gestures navigation mode (works in DP5 and DP6).
- A faster and better (or at least less bad) sharing menu: One of Android's biggest strengths is its weaknesses, and the Intents system, which lets us use any app for any purpose, also somehow leads to a sharing menu careless. Google said it would fix it, and it seems it has.
- Slices bring options from apps settings: Although they are not yet very common, Android slices are a clever way to integrate things from one app directly into another. In Android Q, they are being enhanced to work with the Settings app, so you can control Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other system-level settings in third-party applications. Snazzy.
Swipe left to disable notifications: Android 8.0 Oreo has introduced snoozing notifications, but in Android Q it integrates much better and takes the "swipe left" action. If you were used to swiping in one direction to close notifications, you need to adjust to swiping right.
- Accidentally removing objects on the Pixel Launcher: With the version of the Pixel Launcher included in Android Q Beta 1, you can easily reset things if you accidentally remove a widget or icon from your homescreen toast-type notification is displayed after a faulty action.
- Lock Screen Album Cover:
Android has long been using album art for the lock screen background with light blur, but from Android Q Beta 1 The blur is pretty crazy, and it does some weird things with colors , In any case, an acquired taste.
- It turns out that this is a mistake when playing music. Other apps still have an undistorted album art blur.
- Better, nicer "Files" app: Android Q Beta 1 also provided an update for the Android-integrated, forgotten file app. The new version looks very much like "Material 2 / Theme" and offers some additional features for filtering files as well as support for dark designs.
- Long-lasting notifications: filter notifications are becoming increasingly important nowadays, and Android Q improves requirements by providing a new long-press management option and an overall improved user interface over Android Pie.
- Easier access to switching audio output: Playing notifications on Android Q facilitates access to switching audio between devices (as in, between Bluetooth headsets / speakers and the device itself, etc.) This is not Definitely new, since Android Pie allowed this, but it was buried in the settings. Now it is much more accessible.
- Battery Energy Saver mode can be activated automatically based on your habits: Battery Saver has been part of Android for some time. In Android Q Beta 1, however, a feature is available that triggers the sleep mode automatically when the phone considers it necessary to use habits, it may not take up to your usual charging time.
eSIM becomes a dual SIM card for Pixel 2 and 3: The Android Q Beta 1 allowed a limited dual SIM functionality for Pixel 2 and Pixel 3, although this is not the case simultaneous use of both connections, but only the so-called dual-SIM dual-standby connection, and not the dual-SIM dual-active connection.
The implementation in the Android Q-Beta 2 update is even more functional, with enhanced dialogues and the ability to select the active data SIM and preference for calls / SMS.
Beta 3 removes the options to enable this feature, although it still exists if you previously enabled it.
- Beta 4 extends this feature completely and disables it, even if you activated it in a previous beta.
- Freeform windows can be used without ADB: In a situation likely linked to desktop mode, the management of Freeform windows is a first-class citizen compared to the nougat-era version.
- The arrow of the cloud backup icon now points in a more logical direction: Simply the biggest new feature in Android Q – do not let the cloud fly away with all your precious elements.
- Haptic feedback for text selection: Expect and enjoy a light tingle as you slide through the input fields and select text.
- Vibration when connecting to the charger: The Charging Sound setting is now Charging Noise and Vibration. "A little tactile feedback when connecting your phone to Q.
- New entry helpers extend the duration of toast notifications: The behavior of the two new "read time" and "time to act" settings is a bit inconsistent. but Android Q Beta 1 added opti Enabling some types of notification, including activatable and inactivatable toast notifications, takes longer depending on your settings.
- New feature flags: Android Q Beta 1 added a literal stack of new feature flags, including animation tweaks, these notes At the top of the settings menu are two new flags that control the item organization in other sections of the settings, und zwei, die die zuvor ermittelten Einstellungen für QR-Code-WLAN und Audioausgabegerät steuern.
- Die meisten Ihrer deaktivierten Benachrichtigungen werden jetzt in einer Liste aufgeführt: Android Q Beta 1 hat dem Bereich "App-Benachrichtigungen" in den Einstellungen einen Filter hinzugefügt, mit dem Sie besser nachverfolgen können, für welche Apps Benachrichtigungen deaktiviert wurden. Ab Beta 1 enthält diese Liste jedoch keine einzelnen Kanäle, sondern nur eine pauschale app-weite Deaktivierung.
- Anruf beenden-Soundeffekt: Der laute Piepton am Ende von Anrufen auf Pixeln wurde durch einen gleichmäßigeren Zweiton ersetzt Soundeffekt.
- "Active Edge" -Remapping: In Android Q wurde eine versteckte ADB-Option für die Neuzuweisung der Squeeze-Geste für Pixel entdeckt, mit der sie auf andere virtuelle Assistentenanwendungen wie Alexa oder Cortana eingestellt werden können.
- Apps können keine längeres Ein- und Ausschalten von Wi-Fi: Android Q verhindert, dass Apps Wi-Fi ein- und ausschalten, was Benutzer von Automatisierungs-Apps wie Tasker sicher verärgert. Stattdessen werden sie aufgefordert, Slices für das Einstellungsfenster zu integrieren.
- Zeitplananpassung nicht stören: Sie können jetzt individuell verschiedene Verhaltensweisen für verschiedene Zeitpläne auswählen (z. B. verschiedene Modi wie "Fahren", "Schlafen" oder "Arbeiten") ").
- Änderungen an den Bluetooth-Gerätedetails: Das Layout des Einstellungsbereichs für die Gerätedetails wurde etwas überarbeitet.
- Die letzten 3 zuvor verbundenen Bluetooth-Geräte: Bisher nur über ein Untermenü zugänglich, die letzten drei verbundenen Geräte sind Jetzt direkt im Bereich "Verbundene Geräte" sichtbar.
- Änderungen an Anzeige / Sperrbildschirm:
- App-Info im Pixel Launcher: Sie können ab Q direkt über einen langen Druck auf den Launcher auf das Einstellungsfenster "App-Info" zugreifen.
- Dialogfeld für die App-Installation: Jetzt ein Popup und kein Vollbild .
- Pixel Launcher-Integration in Digital Wellbeing: Es ist derzeit ausgeblendet, aber der Pixel Launcher unterstützt möglicherweise das Anhalten / Fortsetzen von Apps in Digital Wellbeing Lautstärkemenü: Android Q ruft die einzelnen Steuerelemente für bestimmte Lautstärkekanäle wie Media, Call und Ring auf, die in einem Popup-Fenster über die Schaltfläche aufgerufen werden können, mit der Sie zuvor die Lautstärkeeinstellungen aufgerufen haben Einstellungsmenü: Erscheint an derselben Stelle in den Einstellungen, an der gelegentlich Tipps für Pixel angezeigt werden, und Verknüpfungen zu Wi-Fi- und Bluetooth-Einstellungen werden unter bestimmten Umständen angezeigt, z. B. wenn eine Verbindung zu einem Gerät besteht oder Wi-Fi für eine Weile deaktiviert ist.
- Die Auswahl von Bildern in der Benutzeroberfläche von Recents ist fehlerhaft: In Android P wurde die Möglichkeit eingeführt, Text und Bilder über die Benutzeroberfläche von Recents auszuwählen. Ab Beta 2 (und möglicherweise Beta 1 können wir nicht sicher sein) funktioniert die Funktionalität nicht mehr
- Schaltet die Suche in den Einstellungen um und verschiebt sie. Bei der Suche nach verwandten Begriffen in der Einstellungen-App auf Android Q werden scheibenartige Verknüpfungen zu Steuerelementen angezeigt.
- Neue Einstellung "Stille Benachrichtigungsstatus-Symbole ausblenden": Es wird angezeigt, dass dasselbe wie bei der vorherigen Benachrichtigungseinstellung "Stille anzeigen und minimieren" ausgeführt wird, dies ist jedoch neu.
- Das Ändern der Lautstärke wird nicht mehr abgespielt Vorschau-Sound: In früheren Android-Versionen gab das Gerät nach dem Ändern der Lautstärke für einen bestimmten Kanal (z. B. Klingeln oder Wecker) diesen Sound mit der festgelegten Lautstärke wieder, sodass Sie erkennen konnten, wie er sich anhören könnte. Nicht mehr.
- Das Layout der Liste der letzten Apps im Abschnitt "Apps & Benachrichtigungen" der Einstellungen wurde überarbeitet: Was zuvor eine vertikale Liste mit fünf Apps war, ist jetzt eine horizontale Liste mit drei Apps und einige weitere kleinere Layout-Optimierungen.
- Die Informationen zur Android-Version in den Einstellungen sind jetzt ein Vollbildbereich und kein Popup mehr: 'Nuf said.
- Vorschläge für Benachrichtigungskanäle in den Einstellungen: Benachrichtigungskanäle werden jetzt manchmal auch oben in den Einstellungen angezeigt, zusammen mit dem zuvor entdeckten WLAN und Bluetooth-Einstellungen.
- App-Absichten oder -Aktionen, die an neuen Orten angezeigt werden: Sie sind schwer zu reproduzieren, aber Android Q scheint eine tiefere Integration von Absichten zu ermöglichen, die den Inhalt einer App mit einer anderen verbinden. (Dh, wenn Sie eine Nachricht mit einem Link erhalten, erhalten Sie möglicherweise eine Schaltfläche zum Öffnen über Chrome in der Benachrichtigung oder eine Option zum Öffnen eines Suchergebnisses über den Dialer oder über Google Maps.)
- Family Link In Android Q-Einstellungen integrierte Optionen: Zur einfacheren Kindersicherung werden die konfigurierbaren Optionen von Family Link jetzt direkt in den Systemeinstellungen von Android Q angezeigt. Es gibt sogar ein paar Änderungen, z. B., wenn Kinder aus der Ferne mehr Zeit benötigen, und Eltern können nicht nur geräteweit, sondern auch pro App Grenzwerte festlegen.
- Intelligente Antworten umfassen mehr Apps sowie Kontextaktionen: Diese intelligenten Antworten, die von Apps wie Nachrichten und Hangouts verwendet werden, sind für andere Apps in Android Q noch umfassender verfügbar. Diese App-Absichten / -Aktionen werden an zufälligen Orten wie Nachrichten entdeckt Benachrichtigungen? They're an official thing.
- Option to turn off Battery Saver mode once mostly charged: Android Q Beta 3 introduces an option for Battery Saver to automatically toggle itself off once your device hits 90% charged.
- Notification snoozing disappears on Beta 3: It's possible that it could be a bug, but the notification snoozing seems to be broken in Android Q Beta 3.
- Fixed in Beta 4, but disabled by default as an optional setting as of Beta 5.
- Separate options for ring and notification vibrations: We don't know when it was introduced (it was present as early as Android Q Beta 2), but you can now control vibration strength for ring and notification channels separately — or even disable them separately.
- Simplified notification alert options: In Android Q Beta 3, Google has consolidated configuring notification alerts into two categories: interruptive/alert me, and gentle/show silently. The specific names you see might vary between those options. The three notification options Android used to have (block, show silently, and keep alerting) are still present elsewhere in Android Q, and the new options behave the same as "show silently" and "keep alerting," in our experience.
- Pixel 3 and 3 XL pick up classic three-button navigation: Although the two phones never had the option before, Android Q Beta 3 gives the Pixel 3 and 3 XL the old-style three-button navigation bar.
- Android Beam is gone in Android Q: If you used Android Beam to send files between devices with a tap, you'll need to switch to something else like sharing via the Files app, as Android Q has killed Beam. (In fact, it killed it with Beta 1, we just didn't notice for months because almost no one uses Beam.)
- Browser default selection improvements: Choosing default apps in Android was always a bit awkward (though it's great to have that freedom), but Google is making the process a bit easier and more clear when it comes to browsers as of Android Q Beta 3.
- Adaptive sleep placeholder in settings: Not everyone sees it, but a new "adaptive sleep" option that appeared in settings (and which had us excited) is actually just a placeholder for phone manufacturers who have implemented this sort of functionality on their own.
- 230 new Emoji, 53 gender-neutral: Android Q will deliver system-level support for 230 new emoji, with 53 of those being non-gendered for universal use.
- Messages notifications can't be silenced or blocked on Beta 3: This latest release is proving to be a bit buggier than the previous two, and right now that includes customizing notification channels for the Messages app, which you can't do.
- Share menu changed to disable app pinning, double the direct share targets: Android Q Beta 3 disabled pinning share targets to the top of your share menu, which is unfortunate, but you'll get twice as may so-called "direct" share targets (think contacts or specific intents in apps).
- Carrier settings versions: Android Q Beta 3 shows which version of your carrier's settings (stuff like APN/server details) it is running.
- Smart Lock could be rebranded as Pixel Presence: Some folks using Android Q Beta 4 with specific language/localization settings are seeing Smart Lock renamed Pixel Presence on the lockscreen, implying we could see Google rename the feature for its Pixel phones.
- Recents/multitasking menu in Q Beta 4 shows Digital Wellbeing timers: If you enable app-limiting timers in Digital Wellbeing, Android Q Beta 4 will show a blue overlay with your remaining quota when apps are getting close to their daily limit.
- Hiding "sensitive content" in notifications now exempts "unlocked" states like Smart Lock: Before Android Q Beta 4, you could either set "sensitive" notification content to be shown, partially hidden, or not to show notifications at all. That middle setting — which would exclude the particular content of a notification, though it would show the app and type — now also shows content if the phone is in a pseudo-unlocked state, like Smart Lock.
Can't disable app suggestions in the Pixel Launcher on Beta 4: It isn't clear if this is a bug or intentional behavior, but you are no longer able to turn off the app suggestions that appear at the top of the app drawer in the Pixel Launcher on Beta 4, though the setting will carry through if you had it disabled on Beta 3.
- Disabling app suggestions is back in Beta 5, though some of the nested options have changed.
- Android Q won't automatically reconnect to Wi-Fi networks connected via a specific API that you manually disconnect from: While we wish this feature would extend to all networks that you manually disconnect from, Q Beta 4 won't try to reconnect to access points you connect to via apps or other uses of the Wi-Fi network suggestion API.
- Emergency info appears in the app drawer in the Beta 4 Android Emulator: The app takes you to the same location in settings other means of access do, but it's curious it would appear in the app drawer at all, and only in the emulator.
- Quick Settings shortcut confusion: Tap targets for some quick settings details didn't make sense in Beta 4 (though they've since been fixed in Beta 5).
- Pixel Launcher will eventually get pull-down notification gesture: A future version of the Pixel Launcher may have a swipe-down-anywhere gesture to activate the notification shade, like many third-party launchers have. Again, this was spotted in a leak purported to be Beta 5, but it didn't pan out upon general release.
- Third-party launchers won't have access to gesture navigation for a while: Android Q's new gestures don't play nice with some launchers, so until Google can fix things in a "post-launch update," third-party launchers will have to make do with the 3- and 2-button navigation systems.
- More notification tweaks: The names attached to notification types have been changed (Prioritized -> Alerting, and Gentle -> Silent), Silent notifications are grouped into a single card now for all-at-once dismissal, and notification "snoozing" is now optional but disabled by default,
- Translation built into multitasking/recents could be coming: Though it wasn't live in Beta 5, one of those leaked builds originally purported to be from Beta 5 has a new translation feature that works for content shown in other apps from the multitasking UI. It might show up in a later release.
- Tighter Family Link integration shown off at I/O arrives via Digital Wellbeing: Those family management features Google talked about as coming to Android at I/O have arrived via a beta update to Digital Wellbeing, though it isn't clear how much of it is tied to Android Q (as Google originally claimed).
- Android Q Easter egg with hidden Picross puzzle: Every version of Android gets a hidden Easter egg. Some are a bit more lame, but others have included hidden games or cat collecting. Based on the latest developer builds for the Essential Phone, Android Q's Easter egg starts with a graphic spelling out "Android 10" which can be tweaked to say "Android Q," plus a further hidden Picross-style puzzle. When solved, it shows a system icon.
- Night sight moves to main interface in Google Camera: As spotted much earlier, Android Q Beta 6 has moved the Pixel's Night Sight low-light camera mode to the left-most view, replacing Panorama. (Not strictly Android Q, since this is Pixel-exclusive and controlled by the Google Camera app, but it was introduced in Q and will likely roll out more widely with the final update.)
- Settings Panel for Notification Channels spotted in DP2 expand: Initially spotted appearing as a Settings Shortcut in DP2, the Notification Channels Settings Panel now also appears as a pop-up in Beta 5 when managing notifications from the shade, rather than taking you to the Settings app.
- Smart Storage now tells you when it last ran (appeared in Q Beta 6).
- Holding the power button when the screen is turned off immediately opens the power menu with no delay. (Previously the first press would wake the screen, requiring a 2nd long-hold to access the power menu. Appeared in DP5.)
- Tweaks to identifiable permissions like location, IMEI MAC address, background app changes: Android Q, as of Beta 1, limits access to non-changeable device IDs like the MAC address or IMEI, and further changes permissions to provide options so they can be granted "only while the app is in use," rather than just a blanket yes/no. That means an app that isn't immediately open doesn't necessarily have access to your location. Background apps also can't suddenly change focus to bring themselves forward anymore.
- Clipboard managers are ded: Although clipboard managers can provide utility in some workflows, the permissions they rely on could be used surreptitiously by nefarious apps in ways that could violate your privacy. From Android Q on, Google's giving them the boot. Only input method editors (keyboard apps, etc.) and foreground apps with focus will get access to the clipboard.
- Revoke permissions at first launch for apps targeting older (pre-Oreo) API levels: Apps that haven't updated to target Android 8.0 Oreo will spit a new interstitial screen at launch that asks which permissions you'd like to enable, allowing you to manually disable those you don't want — and maybe break the app in the process.
- As of Beta 2, Android will ask for permissions to be granted again when launching apps installed before the update.
- Overlay attack mitigation: In the world of Android security, overlay-based attacks are one of the bigger problems, but Android Q works to mitigate their effect by changing how the overlay permissions work. From now on they'll need to be granted again every time you open an app that uses them.
- Smart Lock developer options: Tweaks to how "trust agents" (like Google's Smart Lock) can keep the device unlocked.
- MAC address randomization: Initially added in Android P as an experimental feature, MAC address randomization is now on by default in Android Q — though it's consistent, you will see the same randomly generated address when connecting to the same network again. It can be disabled if you need to turn it off, though.
Scoped Storage in Android Q nerfs filesystem access: Apps targeting Android Q will be limited in how they can access the filesystem via new isolated storage sandboxes. That means apps won't need permissions to write their own files, while also enhancing security between apps through isolated storage. It also means that they won't have blanket filesystem access by default. Old permissions aren't going away any time soon, and apps targeting platforms before Q will work via a "compatibility mode" that doesn't include these restrictions.
- Encryption for all devices, including low-end hardware: Performance remains a question, but Android Q will require disc encryption, even on low-end hardware and.
- TLS 1.3 will be enabled by default, and biometrics will now be classified as explicit and implicit based on type for different levels of security and privacy in different circumstances, plus other developer-facing improvements and changes.
- All apps on Beta 5 get "all-the-time" location permission to test background location access notifications: As a test of permission granularity and privacy changes in Android Q, Beta 5 has granted all apps with location permission access to your location at all times, to test and show off the notification for background location access. (Don't worry, this shouldn't be the default behavior come final release, it's just a test for the notification.)
- New "Adaptive Notifications" permission in Special app access (appeared in Q Beta 4).
Under the hood/API/developer stuff
- Dynamic Depth data: Android Q will allow for apps to request depth information from the cameras. Google's done some incredible work to extract that information from its cameras (without the help of parallax, I should add), and in Android Q, even third-party apps will be able to make use of that extra data in new and interesting ways. I can't wait to see what gets cooked up.
- ART enhancements: Developers can enjoy enhanced performance and more efficient garbage collection on Android Q via a suite of impressive but highly technical Android runtime enhancements.
- Further non-SDK API deprecation: As much as possible, Google doesn't want developers using undocumented APIs in Android, and Android Q furthers this crackdown, expanding the list of affected APIs.
- Folding phone tweaks: Android Q will feature some developer-facing modifications to better work with the emerging device form factor, but they're all too technical to get into here.
- Smart home/IoT tweaks for Wi-Fi setup: Configuring smart home gadgets, which almost always need their own special app and require a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connection, can be easier in Android Q. Developers will be able to configure their setup apps to have a list of preferred SSIDs, and paired with the expansion of slices to offer a built-in Wi-Fi picker in those apps, that can make the often tedious IoT setup process a little bit faster and simpler for consumers.
- Apps assigned to default roles will get more permissions: Details are a little sparse on precisely which permissions each category gets, but apps that you assign as the default for a given role — like browser, SMS app, launcher, etc. — will pick up elevated access to certain functions based on that role.
- Foldables (running Q) added to Android Studio emulator: Developers looking to get a head start on developing for foldable devices can do so via the Canary release of Android Studio 3.5, which includes emulator images that have folding functionality.
- API for microphone direction: Android Q includes new APIs that allow developers to request specific microphone directions like "front" or "back."
- New "Notification Assistant" API for apps like Tasker: Android Q may be making things harder for apps that harness things like automation or overlays, but Google is introducing a new default app setting and associated API that might mitigate things for those sorts of apps slightly — at least when it comes to notifications.
- This feature isn't intended for general public use, though. After enabling it in Beta 3 and accidentally publishing documentation for the API, the pages have been taken down, and Google has confirmed that these actions were intentional. Notification Assistant is an invite-only API club.
- Vulkan 1.1 required on all 64-bit devices running Q or higher: Support for Vulkan API 1.1 was introduced on Android P, but as of Q and forward it will be a hard requirement for 64-bit devices.
- AV1 video codec, Opus audio codec: Android Q will have native support for the new, data-saving AV1 video codec and the Opus audio codec.
- Device temperature API: Smartphones get a lot warmer now than they used to — at least, excluding Qualcomm's wonderful Snapdragon 808/810. With developers already pushing the limits of passive cooling with heatpipes, as well as external active cooling solutions, a new Thermal API can further help apps respond to changes in temperature for an enhanced experience.
- Audio Playback Capture API: A new API is behind the upcoming magic of Live Caption shown off at I/O, which allows for real-time subtitling of any audio being played on your device. However, the app could also be used for other novel purposes by enterprising developers.