12 Features to Expect in Upcoming Android OS Version, Android Q
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12 Features to Expect in Upcoming Android OS Version, Android Q

Bhupinder Kour
By Bhupinder Kour| Thursday, January 24, 2019 01:20 AM |6 min read
Features to Expect in Upcoming Android OS Version, Android Q

Originally published November 12th, 2018, updated January 24th, 2019.

While Android 9 Pie has just reached to our Android devices, the Google team has already started working on releasing the newer Android OS version. The team has begun unveiling the features that users can expect in the upcoming Android operating system – before announcing Android 10.0 name.

Some of the considerable Android 10.0 features that we are excited to try our hands on, both as Android app developers and users, are:-

1. Foldable Phone Support

Just after Samsung announced its all-new foldable device, Galaxy F or Galaxy X, Google has confirmed that Android Q will support Android devices with foldable displays.
The tech giant has declared that they appreciate the idea of introducing more foldable smartphones in the Android market and provide better services to the end users.

Going with the same thought, they have introduced various new update in their battery feature, where the turned off screen will automatically get on the battery saving mode.

This, on one side, will enable Android users to enjoy exemplary services at lower battery consumption and on the other, will encourage the Android app development companies to customize their apps and games effectively and generate higher revenue.

Features to Expect in Upcoming Android Q

2. Multi-Resume Feature

The multi-resume will be an upgraded version of what we have been experiencing under the name of, “Split Screen” and “Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode”.

This feature will enable the users to use all the split app screens in active mode. In other words, it won’t be like all apps in the background will go inactive/sleep mode while you are interacting with an app.

All the apps will run simultaneously, independent of your interaction with the other opened app screens. This will enable the present generation to enjoy working with multiple apps on their smartphones, i.e., do multitasking.

This will be one of the Android 10.0 all new features that are expected to be made compulsory on foldable devices. However, it will also be available on current generation smartphones, signifying more Android customers will love to do multitasking now.

3. Warning against Older Apps

Following the Play Store’s policy update of making ‘Android 8.0’ ready apps, the Android Q will introduce the feature of warning users against older apps. This new Android Q feature will inform the user that they are installing an app based on Lollipop or earlier and that it won’t be able to employ the latest features of the smartphone.

And this way, prevent them from installing an application that won’t work efficiently on the latest Android OS and have an unpleasant experience – which will be as exciting as knowing Android 10.0 name.

Android Q enhanced feature of warning users against older apps

4. Vulkan API for UI Rendering

The upcoming Android OS, Android 10 will also use Vulkan API for delivering exemplary user experience, which is an effective low-overhead, compute and cross-platform 3D graphics API.

5. Enhanced Treble Support

Google will also work on improving the Treble compatibility with the newer Android 10 (Android Q) version. The tech giant will aid the users with the opportunity to flash GSI (generic system images) on any Android device running on Android Q and enjoy faster software updates.

6. Earlier Access to Android Q for Testing

As announced by Google team at the Android Dev Summit 2018, the Android Q update will be made available on GSI before it is available on AOSP.  

In simpler terms, the Android Q source code will be shared with the users and Android app developers for testing before the Android version officially launches. This is expected to be more significant than flashing a beta version like in the case of Android Pie. This Android 10.0 feature will make the Android users and developers more acquainted with the upcoming Android version and thus, contribute to the faster adoption of Android 10.

7. Dark Mode

Android Q dark mode will be another exciting addition to the features that we will observe on upcoming Android version. This feature, as confirmed by Google, will cut down the battery consumption on devices with OLED screens and enable the users to enjoy more productive hours on their devices.

Android Q theme feature

8. Better Smart Locks

Our experience with Android 10.0 will also be enhanced with the arrival of two new smart locks. The first type will enable us to increase the unlock time period of our Android device, provided it is already unlocked. And the second type of smart locks will lock the phone when the trusted device is no longer trusted, resulting in boosted privacy and security.

9. More Permissions

Besides Android Q dark mode, another impressive feature that Android Q will have is overhauled permission set. The new Android OS version will give the users an opportunity to have a comprehensive look at the apps having access to native device features such as location, camera, microphone access, etc. through a search function.

The users will be entitled to change the permission setting of each application individually. Additionally, they will be able to customize the settings, signifying they can decide if to provide the access ‘all the time’, ‘for once’ or ‘only when the app is in use’ etc.

This feature is already available in iOS and when it will hit the Android market, it is predicted to give a new direction to iOS vs Android battle – beyond what we discussed in our iOS 12 vs Android P blog.

10. Seamless Notification Access

Android Q will also give a tweak to the notification setting. Now, the notifications won’t fade away unless you perform an action on them – even when the device is restarted. In other words, the notifications will remain on the screen till you slide the notification towards the left to open the icons or towards the right to dismiss them.

Besides, a small notification displaying the icon of an app (or more) accessing your location or any other native device feature will also be founded in the upcoming Android version. This implies you need not go through the hassle of checking the setting and discovering which app is accessing your native device features – it will be directly displayed on your device.

11. Significant Carrier Control

Android 10.0 (Android Q) will also bring a significant difference in how mobile networks carriers dominate our SIM cards. The successor of Android Pie will let the network carriers decide which SIM card will work with a specific mobile device and which not, implying a list of “allowed” and “excluded” carriers that can be employed to block things like MVNOs even on the smartphones favoring the main carrier will be created.

Also, carriers will be empowered to restrict the functionalities of SIM in the second slot if the SIM card in the first slot is not from an approved carrier.

This, as a whole, will give the network carriers power to control how users employ their devices.

12. Accessibility on Desktop

Last but not least, the feature that has gained momentum in the market equivalent to the discussion about Android 10.0 name is desktop mode.

Accessibility on Desktop

As depicted by the name, this feature will make it possible for the users to connect their smartphones with their desktops and access all of its characteristics. This means a PC-like home screen, resizable app windows and access to keyboard and mouse will be possible with the advent of next Android OS version.

This, on one side, will enhance the user experience. Whereas, on the other side, will bring a new challenge for the Android app developers – demanding to revamp their app development strategies accordingly.

Apart from these, it is also predicted that Google might launch the redesigned Android sharing menu in this Android OS version. These Android 10.0 features, as a whole, will take the War of best Android OS version, which is right now between Android Pie and Android Oreo, to a newer level.

Hopefully, we will hear more announcements before the Android Q preview 1 release in mid-March with Android Q beta in May 2019 and Android Q release somewhere in August 2019.

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Bhupinder Kour is the Content Writer at Appinventiv Technologies who loves to pen down her understanding and knowledge in simplified and engaging manner. She is an early adopter, likes to stay up to date with the latest trends in the mobile industry and add value to the organization. Besides this, she is fond of reading books, writing short stories and finding answers on Quora.You can connect with her on LinkedIn to know her views on mobile technology.

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