10 Best Android Q Features

Google's tradition of giving Android enthusiasts an early look at the appearance of the new version of Android is long-lasting and we had been waiting for the debut of Android Q for weeks. Well, our wait finally ended last night when Google released the first official beta version of Android Q and it looks pretty impressive.
Android Q does not make any influential changes in the central experience that we have become accustomed to with Android Pie, with a series of important improvements and features. I have been using Android Q Beta 1 for a while, and here are 10 new and exciting features of Android Q:

New features of Android Q

Note: we tested these functions in Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 2, running the first beta version of Android 10 Q (compilation number QPP1.190205.018.B4)

1. Improved privacy

Google seems to have had enough with the privacy mockery of Android-iOS and is taking big steps with its latest version of Android. Android Q comes with a renewed focus on privacy and has now added control over permissions granted to specific applications, along with runtime permissions for improved security.

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Android Q also strives to elevate the user experience by reducing interruptions. Now it will prevent background activities from starting an activity, especially a full-screen activity, which will be a great help for users of Jio and Xiaomi. This version is also limiting access to non-resettable device identifiers, such as your IMEI and serial number, among other things.

2. Location security

In addition to the privacy options mentioned above, Android Q also places emphasis on the location and how permits are granted for the same applications. Before I used to grant permission to locate the application once during the configuration of the application and always had access to it, however, that changes a lot with this version of Android.

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android-q-location


Now, when an application requires location permission, it will not grant it for life. You will see a pop-up window with the option to grant permission only for the time the application is open and in use. This is similar to what Apple did with iOS a long time ago, especially after accusations from taxi companies that tracked passengers even after the trip ended. You do not need to worry about that anymore, thanks to a more robust permit control system.

3. The dark mode is here

Well, something like that. You must have seen the great number of leaks on the dark mode of the whole system that comes with Android Q and it is true. However, the first beta version does not include an option to enable it, but has even removed the dark theme option that we have available on Android P.

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While there is not a dedicated option to switch to a dark mode in the Android Q settings, you can still see the next real dark mode (AMOLED users, rejoice) in a few steps. We have compiled a quick guide to enable the dark mode in Android Q that you can consult.

4. Thematic options

The mobile operating system of Google has also taken its first step towards the theme with Android Q. Now it comes with a dedicated theme section that allows you to change the accent color (choose between blue, black, green and purple), the font ( currently only two options)), and the shape of the icon, which was also possible in Android P.

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themes-android-q

You can go to "Settings -> System -> Advanced -> Developer Options" and scroll to the bottom to see the thematic functions available in Android Q. It is barebones in the current form (probably used by OEMs to differentiate the compilations) but hopefully Google will pay some attention to give us a complete themes customizer in the next beta versions.

5. A new navigation gesture

I know, we all expected the back button to disappear and Google completely trusted the Android Q pill, but the Beta 1 version does not bring the same. The navigation gestures have been preserved in their current form, as in Android 9 Pie, except for a small addition that facilitates switching between applications.

Google seems to have taken the signals of the gestures of the iPhone X, which are super good and fluid, and has added a new gesture to switch between applications. You can still use the right foot of Android Pie on the pill to jump between recent applications, but it's silly and slow. On the other hand, this new gesture in the form of an arc, where you slightly raise the pill and pass to the right, is faster due to the lower number of animations.

6. Force desktop mode

Yes, the rumors were true. Google is working on a 'Desktop Mode' function similar to that of Samsung Dex that would transform your smartphone into a PC experience. Android Q includes the "Force Desktop Mode" switch in Developer Options, away from average users, and will come with free form window support that was introduced with Android Nougat.

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desktop-mode


This feature is still quite half-baked and is not compatible with the Pixel series due to the lack of HDMI output support on the phone's USB-C port. However, if you're still eager to try it out, people at XDA Developers have discovered an ingenious way to see Desktop Mode on a PC or even on your Pixel (as shown in the screenshot above).

7. Native screen recorder

This version of Android may find a place in history, as it brings with it, for the first time, a native screen recorder that you can use. Yes, Android Q hosts a screen recorder, however, it still seems to be in development and the user interface is not the best.

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screen-recording


You can see it for yourself in the screenshot that looks older. But, it does the work for now and could improve in the next betas. Do you want to try it? Check out our guide on how to enable the screen recorder in Android Q.

8. New exchange panel

One of the main weaknesses of Android, apart from the slow release of OEM updates, has been the slow sharing panel, but that has changed with Android Q Beta 1. Google has finally made the used panel more agile and now it loads surprisingly fast. Compared with Android Pie, the most recent stable version of the operating system.

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share-menu


In addition to the speed improvements, the sharing panel also includes minor changes to the user interface, the clipboard button (with the URL of the link) at the top, and the shortcut function to share that only strives for accelerating the sharing process. It would allow users to share things with a specific function within the application (such as Instagram Stories) directly from the sharing menu.

9. Easy Wi-Fi connectivity

When you jump to the Wi-Fi settings panel in Android Q, you will not really notice any major design changes, but the beta update offers an "Easy Connection" feature to securely and quickly share Internet services. Now you can share your Wi-Fi connection with friends through a QR code or connect to one through the same Wi-Fi configuration panel.

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wifi-easy-connect


Google's focus on privacy has also resulted in the random MAC address function, which will be enabled by default, to hide the original MAC address of your other device.

10. Undo accidental icon deletion

The default Pixel Launcher that comes with Android Q Beta 1 has also hooked a small but ingenious feature that can solve your setbacks on the home screen. If you have mistakenly removed an application's icon from the home screen, the initiator will now display a "floating undo button" at the bottom so you can reverse it.

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undo-homescreen


This feature is limited to Pixel Launcher and does not work with third-party launchers. However, we can expect the main third-party launchers to add this feature in future updates.

Android Q Developer-Centric Features

After all, this is officially the first preliminary version of Android Q Developer and its main purpose is to collect the comments of the developers on what works and what does not in the community. So, here are all the features centered on the developer in this version of Android:

1. Folding stand



Google had announced the support of Android for folding devices towards the end of last year and is now improving the same with Android Q by defining multiple resumes and the appearance of the applications in those contorting devices. The Android Emulator has also been updated to support the change of multiple screen type, so the developers try it.

2. Dynamic depth format


The multiple camera settings on our smartphones now capture a ton of data and that includes depth data, which is very useful for portrait effects. Google indicates that this data is generally discarded, but not with Android Q, which will store a Dynamic Depth image that a developer can request to offer custom bokeh options, create 3D images and more.

A dynamic depth image contains a JPEG, XMP metadata related to the depth elements and a depth and confidence map embedded in the same file.

3. New audio/video codec support

Android Q also features support for the open source video encoder AV1 for high-quality streaming, HDR 10+ for devices that support it, and audio encoding with Opus.

4. Improvements in ART runtime

Google has made significant improvements in ART runtime, making applications load faster by identifying and precompiling regularly executed parts and consuming less memory when they open next time.

5. ANGLE in Vulkan

Vulkan handles the graphics responsibilities of his Android device and Google is now looking to extend the performance benefits, as well as the consistency, by adding a layer of graphics abstraction, called ANGLE, and designed for high-performance OpenGL use cases. The experimental support for it is already available in Android Q Beta 1.


6. Neural network API 1.2

We can not complete the tea party without talking about AI, especially when Google is in the photo. Android Q comes with an improved version of the Neural Networking API (NNAPI), which adds more than 60 optimizations for object detection and image segmentation.

Android Q Beta 1: An improved experience of Android Pie

With Android Q, Google seems to be focusing more on privacy and security than on the aesthetics of mobile software. There are almost insignificant changes in the forefront, but a lot of things are happening behind the scenes here and I'm really excited to see that Android is shaping up to be a better version of itself.


Have you already installed the Android Q beta on your Pixel device? What are your favorite features? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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