Android Q What to Expect from Google’s New OS

Staff Writer / 23-08-2019 / News

The latest software update for Google’s Android operating system (OS) is around the corner. Known as Android Q, the updated OS promises to be packed with a ton of cool new features. Google have already released both a developer and a public version of the software as part of its beta testing. In fact, the fifth beta version was released on the 10th of July this year and is available on 20 phones across 12 different manufacturers.

Here are some of the hot new features you can expect:

No more Back Button

The back button has always been a part of Android, but the time has come for it to go. Following up on Android Pie, which had both the back button and gesture-based navigation, the new Android Q will be totally reliant on gestures. Swiping up takes you to the home screen, a swipe up and hold reveals the multitasking menu, and a swipe from the left or right edge of your screen takes you back.

Reduce eye strain with Dark Mode

Frequent exposure to the blue light that smartphones emit could potentially harm your eyes. This is why a lot of apps have been introducing a Dark Mode, and Android Q will take it a step further by offering a system-wide Dark Mode that can be switched on or off at any time via the Quick Settings toggle.

New Themes

This new version of Android will allow you to change the colour of the entire user interface. Instead of the default blue, users will be able to choose from Black, Green, Purple, Cinnamon, Ocean, Space and Orchid.

Live Captions

Closed captions (CC) are often used by people who are deaf or hard of hearing. It helps them to understand the content of a video, podcast or movie and is critical for them to understand what is happening on screen. Android Q will offer a feature called Live Caption. It allows for the provision of real-time captions for almost anything on your phone where speech is involved. The great thing is that it happens locally on the device and no internet connection is required.

Permissions

Security is always a concern for smartphone users and Android Q will provide an extra layer with permissions. The user will have more control over what data apps can access. You get to decide if you would like to grant location access to an app all the time, only when using the app, or even not at all.

Foldable Phones

This year was said to be the year that foldable phones make their grand debut, so Google has optimized Android Q with foldable-specific features and experiences. So, if you decide to venture into purchasing a foldable smartphone, you will still have access to Google’s latest OS.

Android Q is expected to be ready near the end of September

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