When Google released the Android Q Beta 1, many people immediately jumped on it the chance to get a feel of what has changed from and how it is better than Android Pie.
Amongst the plethora of changes (big and small) here is what makes it such a big deal, and and also makes it different from Android Pie.
Table of Contents
- 1. No Dark Mode Toggle
- 2. QR Codes WiFi
- 3. WiFi QR Scanner
- 4. Redesigned Share Menu
- 5. Notched Screenshots
- 6. Battery Life in Quick Settings
- 7. Themes Options
- 8. Better location Permissions
- 9. Notification Swipes
- 10. Material Design Makes It To Files App
- 11. Undo Deletions on Home Screens
- 12. More Options in Settings Page
- 13. Built-in screen Recorder
- Tap on the Build Number 7 times to turn on developer mode.
- Go to System, and tap on Advanced.
- Go to Developer Options, and tap on “Feature flags” under Debugging.
- Enable the toggle next to “settings_screenrecord_long_press”
- 14. Foldable phones Support
- 15. Floating Sideloading Apps Screen
- 16. New Accessibility Setting
- 17. Float Notification Bubbles
- 18. Others
1. No Dark Mode Toggle
The Dark mode toggle from Android P is missing in the Android Q though there is still dark mode. To enable it, you have to turn on battery saver or set a schedule for battery saver mode.
We are hoping it is a temporary situation and that the toggle makes it back pretty soon on the next beta update.
2. QR Codes WiFi
Sharing our WiFi passwords with friends and family is something we are usually weary off as they can tell others if they want to. On Android Q, you can share your WiFi network with other devices by using QR codes and without giving them your passwords.
This is found in WiFi settings where you will now see a new QR codeshare option. Simply tap on it and you will be shown a QR code that others can connect to without having to type in your password.
3. WiFi QR Scanner
Also, if you are trying to join a WiFi network, there is also a new QR Scanner option that allows you to connect without the need for a third party app. Head over to WiFi settings and there at the bottom, you will see it.
4. Redesigned Share Menu
The share menu has been redesigned and now has a better appeal and also new apps arrangement and a lot faster.
5. Notched Screenshots
Want to show off with the notch? Well, you can do that now as Android Q has made it possible for your phone’s notch and rounded corners to be displayed in screenshots. Hopefully, the next beta update may allow users to disable this option if they don’t like it.
6. Battery Life in Quick Settings
When you drag down the notification shade on Android Q, you will see the expected remaining battery life displayed there.
This is different from Android Pie that only shows the expected life when you open battery settings
7. Themes Options
With Android Q, you will no longer rely on third-party apps to theme your phone. Ton so far the option is located in Developer options and you only get to make changes to things like accent colour and icon shape. Though we hope Google adds more choices soon.
8. Better location Permissions
Unlike Android Pie and the rest android OS, Android Q has taken privacy issues very seriously and it comes with more granular control over location permissions.
Android Q brings support for options that let you always allow location access, deny access, and even to only let the app access your location while it is being used
Google notes that:
In Android Q, the OS gives users even more control over apps, controlling access to shared files. Users will be able to control apps’ access to the Photos and Videos or the Audio collections via new runtime permissions. For Downloads, apps must use the system file picker, which allows the user to decide which Download files the app can access.
Also, the permissions screen got some changes as apps are now being sorted according to categories like ‘Allowed,’ ‘Denied,’ and ‘Allowed only when in use‘ instead of Alphabetically.
9. Notification Swipes
Android Q also brings changes to notification swipes. Unlike Android pie where a short left swipe on notifications brings up options and a long swipe either left or right clears the notification, Android Q clears notifications when you swipe right and left swipes are reserved for notifications options.
Also, When a new notification comes in, and if it makes a noise, Android Q will identify it with a small bell icon.
10. Material Design Makes It To Files App
Android Q built-in file manager now has material design upgrades alongside tags to look up images, videos and other files.
The file manager also lets you preview files before you share or upload them. You can now tap the expand icon next to file names to preview them
11. Undo Deletions on Home Screens
Accidentally deleted a widget or app from the home screen? well, with Android Q, you can undo the action as it pops up an undo option that you can tap to bring app the last deleted app or widget.
12. More Options in Settings Page
Unlike Android Pie where location, Privacy and Security are bundled together under on option (Security & Location), Android Q split them for easier access.
13. Built-in screen Recorder
Seems like some third party apps are going to lose users pretty soon except they can offer something better because Android Q comes with built-in screen recorder. It is one of the features that users have been clamouring for and its arrival is highly welcomed. Though in Android Q beta 1, you will have to go so some lengths to enable it.
How To Enable Screen Recording in Android QIn Settings, head over to “About Phone“
Tap on the Build Number 7 times to turn on developer mode.
Go to System, and tap on Advanced.
Go to Developer Options, and tap on “Feature flags” under Debugging.
Enable the toggle next to “settings_screenrecord_long_press“
Now, just press and hold the power button, and when the power menu pops up, long-press the Screenshot option. You will now see the screen recording menu pop-up. You can enable recording sounds via the microphone, and enable or disable the show taps option. Once done, just tap on Start recording.
14. Foldable phones Support
Android Q has been optimized to supported foldable devices. Foldable gadgets are the next big thing in the smartphone market and Google will make sure Android Q provides a nice user experience before iOS comes into the market
“To help your apps to take advantage of these and other large-screen devices, we’ve made a number of improvements in Android Q, including changes to onResume and onPause to support multi-resume and notify your app when it has focus. We’ve also changed how the resizeableActivity manifest attribute works, to help you manage how your app is displayed on foldable and large screens.” – Google
15. Floating Sideloading Apps Screen
Like the floating panels, sideloading screen no longer takes up the entire phone’s screen, rather, it will bring up a small pop up that doesn’t use up your entire interface.
16. New Accessibility Setting
Android Q brings in a new accessibility setting that allows users to adjust the time to read a message and the time to take actions for messages that displays temporarily on the screen.
Time to Read action affects messages that display on the screen but don’t have any action button while time to take action affects messages that have buttons and allows you to take actions
17. Float Notification Bubbles
According to 9to5google, Google is experimenting with notification bubbles in Android Q.
This stack of notifications can be moved around the screen, with new ones featuring a blue dot in the top-right. Once expanded, the bubbles line up horizontally at the top of the screen. This stack of notifications can be moved around the screen, with new ones featuring a blue dot in the top-right. Once expanded, the bubbles line up horizontally at the top of the screen. – 9to5google
The feature can only be turned on using ADB. To enable for yourself, enter the following ADB commands:
adb shell settings put secure experiment_enable_bubbles 1
adb shell settings put secure experiment_autobubble_all 1
Users can revert to the Android Q default system by entering:
adb shell settings delete secure experiment_enable_bubbles
adb shell settings delete secure experiment_autobubble_all
Recent apps in Android Q are pronounced and more rounded, unlike its Pie counterpart. Android Q floating panels now brings up suggestions such as reminding you to switch to WiFi when you are launching the Chrome app, all without leaving the app. There is also an option that allows you to switch or set media output speaker (use Bluetooth speaker or phone’s speaker) automatically.
Also, the lock screen music background is now blurry, and the app information page got a cool new design that is highly welcomed.
Two other features that have captured our hearts is the free form mode that loads an app like a floating window on the screen and also the PC mode (highly experimental).
So far so good, the gestures are still confusing (to switch to the last most recently used app, slightly swipe-up-and-right on the navigation pill)and there is still no support for one-handed mode within the stock Android OS.
Let us wait and see what the next April Beta update brings. Hopefully, there are still many surprises before beta 6.