“A Desert that starts with the alphabet Q? Hmm……….!”
Till Google figures out the perplexing dilemma of naming their latest version of Android, they released a beta this week dubbed as the Android Q. Slated for a speculative launch time of August 2019, Google released its initial beta for testing by the developers.
At the forefront of this recent release lies a clear intent to instigate a higher level of security and privacy for the user in question. This latest version promises a special draft for the upcoming wave of foldable devices while staying true to its optimized smoother and faster UI experience.
Beware! This is a beta OS and is not recommended to install on your daily driver. Users install this at your own risk.
Let`s dive over the important changes,
Control your Location data: This feature restricts the app from getting location information while running in the background. Set privileges, limits the location data sharing to the selected apps.
Dark mode: Google has provided a system level dark mode to trickle down battery consumption. However, this option is hard to find in the settings app.
Select settings: App often requires permission to certain settings to function. This time you don’t have to make the entire trip down the settings menu as an automated toggle menu appears, when required a connection to data, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, etc.
Estimate the battery life: A single swipe down the settings menu will switch the battery icon to an estimated time of juice left on the device. Users must consider this as a tentative time calculated on an average usage cycle.
Google’s Product Sans font: The default system-wide font visible on Pixel phone is now omnipresent all over the UI.
Customization: Users can choose from four different palettes for system accent in the developer settings. This just proves to tell Google wishes to push its slight effort for UI customization.
A notch in screenshots: Google has opted to add a virtual notch in the device screenshots to somehow enhance the experience with no option to turn it off.
Preferred Sharing Option: Developers can customize your share screen with the preferred sharing methods to alleviate the struggle of prying through several apps.
Emergency button: Google has introduced a special emergency button in the power menu to promote its security outreach.
Wi-Fi details through QR codes: Scan the QR code to share the Wi-Fi credentials rather than muttering the password out loud. This neat little trick enhances the overall security aspect of the OS.