Its March 2019, and Google released their latest version of Android in Beta Build today. This is not a major upgrade in terms of Design and Overall Experience from the previous year version of the OS, but we will cover whats new in Android Q in this article.
So, Talking about the User Interface and Overall Design, it’s mostly the same till now. There is the same Recent app Screen, mostly the same native apps etc. There is some difference in few apps and we will try to cover those below. So let’s get Started about whats all new in Android Q.
1. Icons in Settings apps
This is not a major change. Few of the icons in the Settings app are changed or in other words “IMPROVED”. As you can see the Wi-Fi Icon in the Settings app etc.
2. Privacy and Location Feature
This is far most the best feature to be rolled out in the latest version of this OS. As this feature is already present in iOS from many years and now even Android has implemented it. Now you can give permission to apps only when the app is running. This is a major upgrade in case of privacy. As rumoured many cab companies were still tracking their users even after the app was stopped. Another change is in the case of App Permissions. Now the App permission feature is available in under the tab of Privacy.
3. Changing the Theme of the UI
This is the option already available in may other OEMs. But now google provide native support of changing the System theme color. This is not as effective as the one available on OnePlus Oxygen OS. But as the OS is still in its beta stage we will wait for official release of the OS for our full review.
4. Native Screen Recording Feature
This is one of the feature most of the Android users has been waiting for years. Though the OS is still on its initial stages and there is no dedicated Icon for toggling this feature ON or OFF. You have to Turn on Developers Option to find this feature. Inside Developer Option> Feature Flags> settings_screenrecord_long_press. After Enabling this press and hold the Power Button and then touch and hold the Screenshot Icon. Then a weird pop up will appear on your screen. Check the options according to your choice.
5. “WEIRD” Screenshot
When you take Screenshots on an Android Q device(in this case the Pixels), the screenshots also captures the Notch which looks a little bit Weird. Right now there is now option or method to toggle off this feature but it may be available in further builds.
6. Wi-Fi Settings Improvements
Now you can share your Wi-Fi with QR Codes. This a handy feature we guess many will use in their daily routines. Also in terms of Privacy there is an addition of a feature known as Random MAC Address. This is a feature to improve the privacy in your Wi-Fi network.
7. Swiping Notifications
Now in latest Android OS, you can right swipe the notifications to clear them. Left swiping them will open other options like Snoozing the Notification, and Notification settings.
Screenshots Courtesy- Android Authority, The Verge