Like always at the I/O conference, Google unveiled everything new that will come with its latest OS update on Android smartphones. Called Android Q, the beta version of the OS will come on 23 devices and will be officially rolled out later this year. With Android Q, smartphone users can expect a host of new features that Google shared a glimpse of. Here we list out features that for Android users will change how they use their smartphones:
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More privacy features and options
Google is focusing more on privacy with Android Q. Users will not have a dedicated Privacy section where they can give permissions for various things like calendar, camera with apps.
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A new Focus mode is coming to Android phones
Last year, Google stressed on the importance of digital well-being in a way to help users curtail their smartphone usage. With Android Q comes a Focus mode that will block most alerts and notifications but allow “important” contacts to connect with you.
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Better notification management and controls
Users can now long press on an alert to see options like “show silently” or “keep alerting” depending on how they want to see notifications.
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Location sharing information will be more private
Till now, Android users had the option to either share the location information with apps at all times or not at all. However, with Android Q users will have the option of sharing location only when they’re using the app.
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Undo app removal on Android phones
Sometimes one may remove an app by mistake and now with Android Q, users will have a few seconds to undo that action and restore the app on the smartphone.
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Dark Mode comes to Android
With Android Q, Google will roll out “system wide” Dark mode to Android smartphones. In other words, it won’t remain limited to specific apps.
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Bubbles: Will change messages and chats on Android
For Android users, now messages will appear like how chats do in Facebook’s Messenger app. A circular notification will float above whatever is on the smartphone screen.
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Sharing Wi-Fi networks on Android will now be easier
With Android Q, Android users will find it easier to share Wi-Fi networks through a QR code. Users will also be able to just scan a QR code to join a Wi-Fi network.
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Live caption: Enables playing videos without data connection
Users will now be able to “live caption” any video that is being played even if they don’t have data connectivity.
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Screenshots get a makeover
Google has made screenshots in Android Q more edgier. Also, screenshots also get notch support in the upcoming version of Android.