Serving a market of over 2.5 billion active devices, Android has been growing by leaps and bounds reaching its 10th version with Android Q. As the legacy goes, Android Q has come with several new features and capabilities. These are for both users and developers to leverage the technological innovations put into place. Right from user engagement and privacy and security concerns, to benefits for the developers, Android Q has got something for everyone. To help you become aware about the top features that will transform your smartphone experience with Android Q, we have rounded them up-
The Long Awaited Dark Mode
For quite some time now, users have been longing for a UI which gives them the freedom to alternate between light and dark modes. For all these users, their wishes have come true. Android Q has made the long awaited dark theme a reality. The objective is simple, reducing eye strain in low light situations and of course, saving battery. While the dark theme has been in place sprouting in different apps and themes from time to time, Android Q has been able to consolidate it well.
Users can now very easily switch to a dark theme all across their devices. By simply changing the display settings or turning on the battery saver option, users can switch to a system wide dark theme. They can enable dark themes for supporting apps as well. To augment the user experience further, Android Q is reaching out to popular apps as well to switch to a UI that supports the dark theme. When third party apps supports this system wide dark theme, it will be a user’s paradise and the speed at which Android Q is facilitating user experience, the day is not very far.
Privacy & Security with Android Q
Privacy and security have been of utmost importance for the Android Q team, especially in this era of heightened cyber crimes. In addressing the privacy concerns, permissions have been an important point of improvement for Android Q. Along with an improved UI, the latest Android version equips users with stricter permissions and has put serious restrictions on what data apps can use. In terms of privacy and security, the tweak to location sharing deserves attention. Users can now make a choice when it comes to sharing location with third party apps. They can either share location with apps in general or they can opt for one time location sharing.
Security concerns are leading to the creation of an authentication framework to support biometrics at a system level. In addition, Android Q now supports TLS 1.3 for better performance benefits and enhanced security. Security and privacy concerns have also led Android Q to augment user control over sensitive files and app data and prevents apps from accessing the same. To summarize, via some landslide new additions and a few incremental changes, Android Q is bringing better privacy and security parameters to the users.
Sharing Menu: New and Improved
The share menu is Android has been home to a lot of criticism from its users. Most users have complaints about its slow speed despite using the best smartphone model in the market. The new and improved sharing menu is Android Q’s answer to these problems. In Android Q, share UI can load instantly when it’s launched” since the shortcuts are “published in advance” reported the developers. While this may seem as just an incremental change to a lot of you out there, its real life implications will be far and wide.
Additionally, the introduction of ‘Sharing Shortcuts’ is being widely applauded. It will allow developers to create a new option in the share menu to share anything in a specific part of another app instantaneously. Thus, reinventing the share menu for a better user experience is something that Android Q has been able to accomplish.
Focus Mode: Digital Well-being
Digital well-being is one of the top priorities for Android Q. While there are several ways it is achieving the same, Focus Mode, deserves recognition. As the name suggests, its objective is to help people focus better. Focus Mode will allow users to select and silence apps that they might fight distracting for a certain period. At the same time, users can have some important apps running. Until you come out of the focus mode, the selected apps will be paused and help you focus better. Android Q cares about your focus, after all.
Foldable Phones: Check
Living in a digital era, this year can expect the coming of foldable devices to the Android market and guess what? Android Q is ready for it already. Preparing for the future, Android Q has calibrated its features and experiences to suit the foldable devices. Most of these devices will be a phone when folded and a tablet when unfolded. Optimizations in Android Q will ensure a seamless user experience even during the transitions. It supports a friction-less screen continuity to enable users to pick off any apps or games from exactly where they left off. In fact, changes in onResume and onPause will support multi- resume to support the app when it has focus. Finally, it will also empower the user to manage how they would prefer the app to look like in foldable and enlarged dimensions.
It is true that most of these attributes have more consequences for the developers. However, at the end of the day, these optimizations will contribute to a better user experience.
Captions for media that you are engaging with is something that has been around for quite some time. Android Q is taking that a step ahead by integrating it with its AI capabilities. The objective is to make the operating system more user friendly and accessible. It is doing so by the introduction of what it calls ‘Live Captions’. This feature automatically captions the media playing on the phone in real time. While some of you may shirk your head saying, ‘What’s the big deal,’ live captions are extremely useful for people who routinely travel to crowded places as it helps them keep up with the media even when it becomes inaudible.
Additionally, it is a boon for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. It makes the content more accessible to them. Leveraging a breakthrough in speech recognition. Live captions doesn’t even require a network connection, it is all device.
Smartphones, Smarter replies
Smart reply in Google Apps has been around for sometime now. It predicts what users may want to reply and creates the same for them. Android Q will take this functionality to all messaging apps. With the help of on device machine learning, it will offer predictive replies to messaging and whatsapp notifications. It will enable users save time for short responses.
To cut a long story short, Android Q has numerous promising features. It is all set to transform the way your smartphone experience. The question remains what will Q stand for? Going by Android’s legacy, it is bound to be a dessert, any guesses what it could be?