Android Q – Beta Updates, Features and More!

Google announced the Android Q at the I/O 2019 today. The Android Q is the next iteration of Android and comes with some really cool features. For starters, it has got a dark mode, new gesture controls, and more privacy-centric features.

Android Q Features

The most anticipated feature of Android Q is probably the dark mode.  Now you don’t have to rely on app devs to push out dark themes. Instead, Android Q will provide a true black dark theme across the interface. The dark mode can be turned on manually and turns on automatically when your phone is on power saver mode.

Similar to Android Pie’s Digital Wellbeing, Google has added a new feature called “Focus Mode”. This is kind of similar to DND but not exactly the same. It lets you select particular apps that you want to avoid using during a period of time and only disable those. Families will also be able to soon link accounts between parents and kids, so parents can set those app limitations to see what apps their kids are spending the most time on.

Smart Reply will also work with third-party apps. It can also offer suggested actions, such as opening Google Maps when it sees a message about commutes or address.

Live Subtitles on all videos

Google is going to bring live captions to all videos. This will work with videos on your camera roll, on an app / the web, or even video chats. The company says it’s built this for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, but some people might also use this when they’re watching videos in public and want to keep the volume low or while they’re on a call.

Live Caption is also being added to phone calls, adding a live transcription of the current conversation to help those who may be hard of hearing clearly understand what’s being said.

Project Mainline

There’s a new version of Android every year but not every phone gets it fast. Google wants to fix this problem with Project Mainline. With Mainline, updates will be offered in “modules” that help tackle specific parts of a device, such as “media components” for camera bugs, for example. That should also prevent a bug update from screwing up other parts of the device that’s not meant to touch.

Android Q Beta is coming to these devices

Here’s the full list of devices that can enroll in the Android Q beta:

  • Asus ZenFone 5Z
  • Essential PH-1
  • HMD Global Nokia 8.1
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • LG G8 ThinQ
  • OnePlus 6T
  • Oppo Reno
  • Realme 3 Pro
  • Sony Xperia XZ3
  • Tecno Spark 3Pro
  • Vivo X27
  • NEX S
  • NEX A
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 9

The Beta update will bring the beforesaid features to the mentioned devices and more in the near future. If your device is in the list, you can enroll for Android Q Beta by clicking here.

These were the highlights of Android Q features announced today. We’ll update with new features as it comes out.

Karthik Mudaliar
Karthik Mudaliar
Karthik Mudaliar is a Computer Science student, who loves to write about science and technology. In his free time, you will find him reading finance books or scrolling Twitter. Feel free to contact him on any of the social media below or email him at [email protected]

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