Android Q
Android Q

As the launch of Android Q inches closer, we’re getting a clearer look of what’s to come in the newest version of Android from Google. The tech giant has released the 5th beta version of Android Q for testing and feedback from users and the future looks promising. Google has promised (and slowly delivered) a lot of things that users had been demanding and anticipating from them for years.

With the launch of Beta 5, we’re almost there for (a routine) August launch of the next Android version. Google had planned out a timeline for the launch and so far, it’s been right on schedule.

Timeline of Android Q release
Android Q timeline

Naturally, an August release of Android Q doesn’t mean that all phones will get it. The first in line will obviously be the Pixel series and devices on the Android One programme. OEMs usually take a while to add their own skins and tweaks to the vanilla Android that Google offers. So, a lot of phones will get the updates in Q4 2019 or maybe even in 2020.

But that can’t stop you from knowing about what will be coming to your devices.

Android Q: Top Features

System wide dark mode

A lot of Android manufacturers have already installed an option to get a dark/night mode on their devices. Google has lagged behind. So, this time Google is going all out with the dark mode. Android Q finally introduces a system-wide dark theme, which can be enabled all the time or just at night.

If your device uses an OLED screen, a dark mode will also improve the device’s battery life as only the pixels that aren’t black consume battery power.

Dark Mode

Privacy Features in Android Q

The Android Developer Blog post announcing the developer beta confirmed a heavy emphasis on boosting privacy in Android Q. Users will have more control over app access to location info, shared files, and repositories like Photos and Videos.

In Android Q, the new location setting allows the user to choose whether they want the app to use location only while using the app, always, or never.

New location settings

New Gesture support

In Android Q, you will get the option to completely remove the traditional home and back buttons from your screen and have full gesture navigation.

For those wondering about activating the Google assistant without the actual home button (physical or otherwise), Google has added another feature. If you activate the gesture navigation method, there are now two small curves on either side of your display that you can drag into your display to quickly access the Assistant. This removes the need for a dedicated button.

Live captions

An accessibility feature announced at Google I/O, Live Caption does what it says – captioning video and audio in real-time. The feature doesn’t require an internet connection, transcribing text from the device’s own speech recognition

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