XDA has managed to get hold of an early version of Android Q, which confirms that Google's next version of our preferred operating system is expected to include a dark mode. However, many other secrets hid in the image found by XDA, including a much-needed redesign of app permissions, which may be a Samsung DeX-style desktop UI, and many minor features.
The leaked Android Q image includes a new "Set dark mode" option in Preferences -> Display which, thankfully, includes an automatic time of day setting. Turn the switch over and you'll be greeted with a heavenly dark (but not all-black) design similar to that already implemented by other Google first-party apps – though XDA has not tested to see if this setting has enabled the mode these apps are not.
Dark shades of gray like these, however, can indicate uniformity issues with lower quality OLED displays.
In addition to the new Dark mode, XDA has discovered some important changes to the Android authorization model in Q. In addition to a much more pleasant visualization of approval requests – almost reminiscent of Digital Wellbeing – has also changed the operation of permissions. For example, the site may only be granted while using the app, rather than Yes / No.
A new developer option for a "desktop mode" is also present in these Android Q images, as XDA suspects are used for something like Samsung's DeX or Superbooks software. The setting did not trigger any behavior when connecting an external display, although this may be a placeholder or is dependent on other software or hardware. XDA detects that the Wi-Fi feature was disabled when the setting was enabled.
Other new and returned settings in the Developer Options menu have also been revealed. For example, the return to Freeform multi-window support, a preset for the video driver update package, a built-in paperless recorder (yay!), And an always-on background image for the Always On Display option-a feature that sets itself to settings -> Display -> Move Screen Lock has been moved.
There are also some enhancements to the accessibility tools that determine how long messages, such as heads-up notifications for which other actions appear, exist. There is also a new "Sensors off" quick setting that disables all radios. Setting the screen lock and options in the built-in file app to filter items by type.
XDA is still searching the image for more information. So check back later if there is anything left
Video shows new Android Q features besides Pie
Sharing screenshots of an early Android Q build yesterday, XDA developer has now uploaded a video, that goes through the OS and its changes in more detail. They get what is expected to be Android 10 working on a Pixel 3 – a reduced GSI build without Google apps and services – and compare it to Android 9 Pie on a Pixel 2.
Apart from the highly anticipated, system-wide dark The mode and the welcome changes to the permission settings have especially alerted me to a minor change in the notification gestures. You can currently swipe a notification to the left or to the right, but you'll have to make a kind of half-way to get the snooze or preference options. In Android Q, only these options are displayed if you swipe right and swipe left. Strangely enough, Xiaomi treats notifications in MIUI 10. Watch the XDA video below to see that and all the other changes that have been discovered so far.