- Google‘s latest version of Android, Android Q, is in the works, and Google has shared some of its upcoming features and updates.
- It doesn’t appear to be a massive overhaul of the current Android Pie operating system, but it does contain some updates that make Android more efficient and streamlined to use.
This week Google outlined some of the new features we can expect in Android Q, the next version of its Android mobile operating system.
As usual, there are a bunch of under-the-hood updates and improvements that many probably won’t even realise are there.
But there are also some interesting upcoming features designed to make Android easier and more streamlined to use.
Check out some of the most exciting upcoming updates to expect in Android Q:
Android Q will give you more control over when an app can use your location.
“Android Q enables users to give apps permission to see their location never, only when the app is in use (running), or all the time (when in the background),” Google said in its blog post.
Anyone who has used an iPhone recently will recognise this option, and it’s finally coming to Android. On current versions of Android, you have the option to turn location services only on or off.
Android Q will support foldable smartphone designs for apps and Android itself.
Android Q will show you settings that are relevant for the app you’re using.
Android Q will show you a quick and light Settings Panel over an app that shows you the phone settings that are relevant for the app you’re using rather than scrolling and sifting through an Android phone’s entire settings menu.
One of Google’s examples is with Chrome, where a setting panel will show you only Wi-Fi, mobile data, aeroplane mode, and other relevant phone settings that work with Chrome.
Wi-Fi will be better for certain apps, like games and video calls.
Android Q will have adaptive Wi-Fi, which will adjust the Wi-Fi settings depending on the apps you’re using.
With video chat and voice-over-internet-protocol apps like Google Voice or WhatsApp, adaptive Wi-Fi can reduce latency for a more responsive conversation that’s closer to a regular phone call. It can also reduce latency for online multiplayer games like “Fortnite.”
Adaptive Wi-Fi could also adjust Wi-Fi performance for heavier duty apps, like video streaming.
Android Q will let apps take photos with portrait mode.
Android Q will give app developers access to the Dynamic Depth image that camera apps use for portrait-mode shots. That means you won’t specifically need to use your Android phone’s default camera app for portrait-mode shots with blurry background effects – you can use your favourite photo app.
Video streaming could be faster and use less data on Android Q, and it will support HDR10+ videos too.
Android Q will support a video-streaming format called AV1, which uses 30% to 40% less data than current formats, making the video easier and faster for your phone to load and stream.
AV1 supposedly matches the visual quality of current video-streaming formats, and it will be used by a good chunk of the biggest video-streaming services out there, like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and Facebook.
Apps on Android Q will start faster and use less memory.
Google continues to make Android more efficient and streamlined, and it will help apps start up faster and use less memory. The company said app developers don’t need to do anything to get those benefits, as it will be built into the Android Q operating system.
There’s no telling when Android Q will be rolled out, but you can start using the Android Q beta now.
Google makes it easier to try out the Android Q update for those with Pixel devices, including the original Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 generations. Otherwise, you could run an Android emulator if you don’t have a Pixel phone.
Either way, it’s probably not worth upgrading to the beta version of Android Q right this second, as updates and features won’t be fully fleshed out yet, and you’ll likely face bugs that will affect how you use your phone on a day-to-day basis.
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