The Beta version of Android Q launched into the market a few weeks ago and people are already interested to get it installed and test the new features. It is the 4th time that Google released the developer preview of the newly released Android. However Android Q Beta is not only a developer preview. It is tried out by developers as well as early adopters. Let’s discuss the features that the beta version of this OS has in store.
Privacy has always been a smartphone user’s primary concern. Android Q Beta takes care of this by adding features like file-based encryption, lock down mode, encrypted backups, locking the background access of audio recorder and camera and making it mandatory for apps to ask permission before they are allowed to access sensitive resources.
Support for Foldable Screen
Developers now have the liberty to choose how their applications will be displayed on foldable and large screens. Newly launched foldable devices have also paved the path for innovative user experience. To help a user in managing the behavior of his app in a foldable screen, he resizable. The activity also got changed in Android Q. Developers also updated the emulators for supporting an apps’ switching on multiple display ports.
Android Q shows an advanced operating system that allows a user to restrict an app’s ability to detect a user’s location. For example, if you are using an online food delivery application, it will need your location and ask for it. You can allow that, but if a suspicious app that has no purpose with your location asks for it, you can simply deny it.
Sharing Shortcuts allow the users to instantly switch and start using another application for sharing content. Shared targets can also be published by the developers, each having a specific activity and can also be presented on the share UI.
A brand new Settings API makes it possible for the operating system to show the system settings directly under the context of the application. This takes advantage from the Slices feature, already included in Android Pie. The Settings Panel is a floating UI which you can access from an application to change the toggles as well as the system settings.
Graphics and Media
Applications now have the ability to request images having Dynamic Depth. This includes JPEG as well as XMP metadata that provides the depth elements along with confidence maps. This increases the ability to add bokeh effects and specialized blurs in applications related to photo editing. This feature will also support AR photography and 3d image rendering in the future.
Faster Launching of Applications
Applications can now be launched in the much lesser time since Android have learned about those sections of an application’s coding layer which can be used quite frequently. Developers are now able to process an application’s data relatively earlier and process it to the security container, making it fully ready to launch.
Improved ART Performance
Android Q Beta helps an application to perform with better agility simultaneously while using less memory, thereby boosting the ART run time. Google Play has also delivered the APK’s cloud-based profiles.
Better Connectivity and WiFi
For wireless connectivity, Android Q Beta presents low latency along with high performance, thereby benefiting multiplayer gaming and a much-improved video and audio call over Skype, WhatsApp, etc. It also improves the privacy and performance of a device by refactoring the WiFi stack. With the Beta version rolling out these many useful features, users are eagerly waiting to see what the final product will have in store. We are still wondering what it will be called. Although a bit early, yet it seems to be heading in the right direction.