A new version of Android Q is deploy today, bringing us closer to the final version. This fifth beta is also the first version of Android Q. "publication candidate". Developers can test their apps against Beta 5 and be certain that they will work the same way with the final version launched later this summer. Although all the features of Android are pretty detailed at this point, there are some new features in Beta 5.
Google says all developers need to implement and test dark mode, gesture navigation, and collapsible optimizations. This last point seems terribly optimistic considering that Samsung has not yet managed to pull out its foldable phone.
Much of Google's Beta 5 effort revolves around refreshing motion navigation. As Google has announced to I / O this year, it will no longer be possible with clumsy two-button gesture navigation that debuted in Pie. Instead, Android will switch to an iOS style bar of gestures. This will however require some changes in the current operation of Android.
Beta 5 includes the new wizard shortcut that works well with gesture navigation. Previously, you would have long pressed the Home button to access Wizard. In Beta 5, you can slide your finger diagonally from the bottom left or right corner to access Wizard. Google's new gesture (swiping on the sides) seemed to break the navigation drawers in apps, but Google has a new peek behavior in version 5 that tells users to interact with the drawer rather than triggering the gesture. return.
Apparently, Google also admits that it does not have a good solution for third-party home screen launchers. Features such as the multitasking menu are part of the Home screen and therefore do not work properly with replacements like Nova or Action Launcher. Users will need to use traditional button navigation with these launchers until Google develops a solution, which will occur during a post-launch update for Android Q.
Android Q Beta works on all Pixel phones, as well as on some third-party devices. Google phones are getting OTA updates right now, but it will take a few days before the other preview program OEMs prepare the new versions. We expect that a new beta will be released in the coming weeks with very minor changes. After that, it will be the time of the final version. It's probably also when we discover what Google has decided to name Android Q – its options are far more numerous than those of previous letters.
We are coming to the time of year when we expect leaks of the next Google Pixel phones. Although, traditionally, we did not expect these leaks to come from Google. After a handful of blurry spy photos, Google tweeted an image of the next Pixel 4 on its official screen. @MadeByGoogle Twitter account. The picture confirms some things about leaks, but leaves a lot to the imagination.
The leak of Google, if you can call it well, shows the phone at the back with the supposed square camera module in the corner. In the previous render leak, we had no details about what was inside this module. Now, it is clear that the phone has two cameras. This makes Pixel 4 the first in the series to have two rear-facing cameras and one flash in the camera module.
– Made by Google (@madebygoogle) June 12, 2019
Even with a single camera, Google phones have shamed most smartphones with their impeccable photos. A second camera means more data for Google's essentially magical photography algorithms, but it's unclear whether the secondary camera will be telephoto, wide-angle, monochrome, or whatever. There are also two non-camera holes in this module. Their goal is to guess.
The rest of the back is peculiar – there is no fingerprint sensor on the back, which confirms the previous leak. It could be under the screen or completely gone. We also do not see the front of the phone, so we can not tell if the Pixel 4 will have a display notch, a hole punch or neither. We can not say whether this new image shows pixels 4 or 4 XL – there can be no discernible difference from this point of view.
Google has never released the image of a future phone before an announcement, at least intentionally. However, it was very difficult to keep things secret. This Twitter article could indicate that Google was giving up staying ahead of leaks, or a much faster ad for Pixel 4.
We already know that Pixel sales 3 have been disappointingand the Pixel 3a makes Google's flagship phones much less attractive. We were expecting fourth-generation pixels to make their debut in October as the last three, but Google may be marketing Pixels 4 and 4 XL when Android Q is ready. This should happen around August.
The next version of Android will be launched this fall, and Google continues to bombard beta in the meantime. The latest beta version of Android Q is available today for Pixel devices. This is the fourth of six planned test releases, the final version of which was released in the third quarter of this year. The new beta includes several notable feature changes, but this is a milestone for another reason. This version of Android Q includes final APIs, allowing developers to begin to seriously target the new platform.
Android Q, which will be version 10 at launch, includes many improvements in privacy like better control of access to the premises, dark user interface mode and unlocking 3D faces. Google is also reorganizing the awkward gestural navigation that it debuted in Android Pie. We had the first glimpse of the new gestures of Beta 3, but the latest version brings some additional modifications.
It is obvious that Google is inspired by Apple on the forefront of gestures. The "pill" navigation now looks like that of the iPhone X, but the gesture of the back is still present as a scan of the left or right edge. As part of the final Push API, Google recommends that developers update their apps to support "gesture navigation." This will allow applications to display behind the navigation area for full screen viewing. There are also suggestions for answers (see below) built into Android Q if developers want to add support.
The launch of the final APIs is also important for folding phones. Several equipment manufacturers should publish equipment in the coming months, including Samsung and its Galaxy Fold in difficulty. With the final APIs, developers can start testing applications in the emulator to make sure that they will work properly with this new form factor. There is also the dark theme mentioned above – developers can now connect this API to respect the system theme setting.
Google will now accept apps targeting level 29 of the API (Android Q) on the Play Store. This will not help most people, but applications will be there when the new operating system starts to roll out.
The two beta versions of nest will come in Q3 shortly before the final build. These candidate versions should be generally free of bugs and have the latest features. It is about this time that we will discover how Google will call Android Q: its options are much more limited than with other letters. If you want to access the beta, you will need a pixel phone. It will be launched later on partner devices such as Huawei Mate 20, OnePlus 6T and Asus Zenfone 5Z.
Google is working on the release of the 2019 version of Android Q, the next version of the dominant mobile platform, towards the end of 2019. The Android beta program lets you try the new operating system as you go and as it is completed, and there is a new way to do it today. The newly launched OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro joined the beta program, but keep in mind – that's unfinished software.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the best phones available now with a Snapdragon 855, up to 12GB of RAM and a stunning 90Hz OLED display. The OnePlus 7 has many of the same features, but with a smaller 60Hz display. The OnePlus core software (called Oxygen OS) is not bad either. It does not have as much bloatware as most phones, and it's fast. However, this is not the vanguard and Android Q is available. Naturally, some people will be happy to update their brand new phone with the unfinished software.
Getting the beta version of Android Q on the OnePlus 7 is not as easy as with Pixel phones, but it's not as perilous as flashing a custom ROM. OnePlus provided Q beta as a flashable OTA update package. So you do not need an unlocked boot loader or even a computer running ADB.
Start by saving the update from OnePlus and saving it to your phone's internal storage. OnePlus has an integrated system for loading OTA updates from the phone's memory. You can therefore access the System Updates menu and choose "Local Upgrade" from the drop-down menu. The installation will only take a few minutes, but all phone data will be erased – be sure to back them up. Android Q offers features such as a dark user interface mode, more privacy controls and modular system updates.
According to OnePlus, there are potentially compromising bugs. The ambient display is broken, you can not send SMS as long as you are connected to VoLTE, navigation gestures do not work, and so on. If the bugs become too numerous, there is a relatively simple way to get back into the stock software. OnePlus has a second OTA file for both OP7 variants that will take you back to the stable version. It's the same case: Download the file and use the local upgrade option.
For developers who want to solve problems on OnePlus 7 Pro, there is also a kernel source available on GitHub. This is the open source part of the operating system, not a complete system image. The source of the kernel for OnePlus 7 is also expected soon.
If Google had known that Android updates would become disastrous, the distribution would have been different. Alas, Google has early given device manufacturers control of almost every aspect of the operating system and has since tried to compensate for this decision. His latest effort to make Android easier to update is calling Main line of the project. This Android Q component allows Google to fix certain components of the main system without an OTA update.
In Android In earlier and earlier versions, changes to the main system components require an update. Some phones may install these updates in the background, which requires a reboot to initialize the new code. Others, like Samsung, do not install the update until restart, which means several minutes of inactivity. Project Mainline can update important parts of the operating system silently without restarting.
According to Google, Mainline can update 12 essential components through the Play Store. For the record, here are all supported operating system modules:
These are not parts of Android that you often think of, but you interact with them constantly. To update these components live, Google has developed a new file container called APEX (Android Pony EXpress). APEX is similar to the APK container for application distribution. Android Q processes APEX files in the same package manager as the one that installs your applications, but instead of an application, APEX files contain new system components.
This is part of Google's ongoing efforts to speed up Android updates. Years ago, he began to extract elements from the main operating system and to integrate them into Play Services, which can be updated in the background. In Oreo, Google added support for Project Treble, making the platform more modular, encouraging faster updates and longer support windows.
Due to the limitations of older Linux kernels, Project Mainline will not work on most devices with Android Q updates. Phones that come with Q should have built-in support. Google announces that it will broadcast Mainline updates on all phones in a few weeks via the Play Store. We can expect this to start with the 2019 Pixel phones when they launch this year.
Google talked about a minor feature of Android during the opening speech of Google I / O – this is the kind of thing that would not usually garner as much attention. Stephanie Cuthbertson, of Google, came on stage to talk about the many improvements made to Android in Q. Cuthbertson finally resulted in what he admitted to be a minor but expected change for a very long time: a dark theme at the system scale.
There have been hints that a dark theme was on the way. Google's new guidelines for material theming facilitate the exchange of different themes for applications. Google also pointed out at the 2018 Android Developers Summit that darker themes can save energy on OLED screens.
We all waited for a dark theme for Android for years and it was not unreasonable. Google has included the system in the latest beta versions, but it has always disappeared at the time of release of the final version. This is finally done and Google gives developers the time needed to prepare their applications.
Under Android Q, you will be able to turn on dark mode from a quick mosaic of settings or by activating the battery saver. However, dark mode only saves battery power on OLED displays, where darker colors can cause a reduction in the number of pixels.
This is active in the beta Q version right now, but you will not be able to get the full effect until the developers are busy. Many applications have implemented dark themes by themselves, but you must manually enable them one by one. The dark theme will provide an API for use by other applications. Thus, flipping simple settings will make many of your applications easier to look at.
Switching to the dark theme affects the Google Discover settings, launcher, and thread. Finally, it will also switch applications to dark mode. The brief live demonstration showed applications such as Google Photos and Twitter in dark mode with the system. However, even Google apps are not yet set to connect to the dark theme of Android Q.
We are now in the third beta of Android Q, and several other versions are expected before the final release. This should happen this fall. Pixel phones from Google will naturally be the first to use Android Q and its new dark mode. It will be interesting to see which applications are updated to take advantage of the flip-flop in dark mode over time.