There are many rumors in recent weeks that we have indicated the likely arrival of a dark mode or otherwise of a dark theme at the system level with the final version of Android Q. Unfortunately in the first beta this function is not present in the settings and is impossible to activate (except with an adb command). No, the company hasn't revealed the full name of Android Q yet. While this alleged Pixel 3 Lite XL prototype runs the latest stable OS version (Android 9.0 Pie), its processor and memory count are hardly up to modern standards. Now it is a developer operating system and is in beta, which means things can and probably will go wrong.
If you have an "always on" mode activated on your Pixel phone, you'll notice that Android Q displays what's now playing (if anything actually is playing), whether it's a track from Spotify or a podcast episode.
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Speaking about the Q update Dave Burke, VP of Engineering said: "In 2019, mobile innovation is stronger than ever, with new technologies from 5G to edge to edge displays and even foldable screens". If you're one of those people, and you have a Google Pixel phone, you can enrol in the beta right now and start trying out Android Q within 24 hours of the request (if not sooner).More news: Armed Man Chased, Fired On New Zealand Mosque Shooter
It used to be that apps had all-or-nothing access to your location. Apps will now be able to ask users for permission to use location all the time, only when the app is running or never.
If you do decide to take the plunge and install Android Q, you'll find several new features included. Google has also rebuilt the WiFi stack in Android Q to enhance user privacy and performance. The beta includes a Settings Panel API which lets developers offer instant, pop-up access to the relevant device settings. Instead of offering the binary choice of accepting or declining overall permissions, users will now be able to limit access to when the application is in use, automatically revoking real-time location data once it's closed again.
Another interesting feature is the Dynamic Depth for a camera. The example Google users is finding you're not connected to the internet when you open a browser.
The ability to stream high quality video content using less bandwidth thanks to Google opening up the platform to support new video codecs.
Finally, Android 10 will require 64-bit support in all apps.