Google Announced All the Android Q Features at I/O 2019May 11, 2019
We’ve been getting regular Android Q betas over the last few months, and now Google have announced a bunch of amazing features that are now confirmed to be coming with the final release of Android Q. Below are all the Android Q features announced by Google at I/O 2019:
Android Q will finally come with Dark Theme built-in, and users will be able to toggle it on or off using the Quick Settings tile, or by enabling Battery Saver. This is definitely a feature that stock Android users will appreciate, especially since most OEMs using custom Android skins have already implemented this on their devices.
Starting off with the newer features that we didn’t get to see in the betas so far. Android Q will bring Live Caption to Android phones. This will enable captions in all videos you might watch on the platform, including web videos, which is just awesome. The feature can be enabled by pressing the volume rocker and tapping on the Live Caption button. The best part about this feature is that it works completely on-device, so none of your data is sent to the cloud. It’s also OS-wide, so it will work across all your apps.
Android Q is also very focused on location privacy, and will bring various controls to ensure that you’re in control of which apps are using your location, and how they’re using it.
For starters, Android Q will give you a reminder whenever an app is accessing your location in the background when you’re not actively using it. This should come in handy to identify apps that are misusing location data in the background.
Furthermore, when an app requests your location in Android Q, you’ll be given a third option other than just ‘Allow’ and ‘Deny.’ With Android Q, you’ll get an option to only allow the app to access your location while it’s being used. So as soon as you leave the app, Android Q will prevent it from accessing location data.
You’ll also get a Location Control in Settings where you’ll be able to see the apps that have used your location, and you’ll be able to change their permissions as well, making it easier to manage location access across apps.
Fast Security Updates
With Android Q, Google is also working towards ensuring that smartphones with Android Q get security updates faster and more seamlessly. With Android Q, users will be able to get security updates seamlessly, and install them without having to restart their smartphones.
Android Q will also bring smart reply across the OS, and it will work on all messaging apps, including secure messaging apps like Signal. With smart reply, you’ll be able to quickly reply to messages directly from the notification.
Android Q will also be able to predict actions you’re likely to take based on the content of a message. Ie, if someone sends you a location, you’ll be able to directly open that location in maps and start navigation straight from the notification.
Google will be adding Focus Mode to Android Q. With Focus Mode, users will be able to pick and choose distracting apps, and when they enable Focus Mode, these apps will be disabled on their phones. This is definitely something I can see being useful for me at work, to avoid looking at Instagram every now and then, while still being able to use WhatsApp to stay in touch with people that matter.
Focus Mode is not exclusive to Android Q though, and Google has said that the feature will be coming to all Android phones running Android Pie and Android Q.
Google introduced Digital Wellbeing on Android Pie last year as a feature to track the amount of time spent on the device and help you minimize your digital lifestyle usage and now, they have introduced a more advanced feature called Family Link in place of the Digital Wellbeing.
Family Link parental controls will be included with every device that has the Digital Wellbeing features, starting with Android Q. When you set up a device for a child, Family Link connects it to your account and lets you review apps, set daily limits, view app time, and set a bedtime.
In Android Q, you’ll also be able to set time limits on specific apps, and give your kid a bonus phone use period before bedtime.
Google introduced gesture-based navigation system in Android Pie and her new devices like the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. While the gestures replaced the old three button system, it was not as the navigation gesture seen on iPhone X and newer models. Google is addressing that there will be a revamped gesture interface for Pixel devices with the release of Android Q. While the feature is limited to Google’s own devices for now, other Android phone manufacturers like HMD Global will also be able to follow suit in their own devices.
If you have a Pixel running Android Pie and upgrade to Android Q, the first change will be the end of back button. The back button has been replaced with a new gesture where users can swipe from right or left to go back to the previous screen. The gesture is similar to the one seen on gestures supported by Huawei on its EMUI skin. It is a welcome relief from the existing back button.
It is easy to say that the new gesture on Android Q is similar to the iPhone’s gesture interface. On Pixel 3 XL, the new gestures seemed more fluid and easier to use than the older interface.
Other than that, Google has announced that the Android Q beta will be available on 21 devices from 12 different OEM partners. I will make a full list of these OEM partners very soon, so stay tuned.
Are you excited about Android Q? What other features were you expecting from the new Android OS? Do let me know in the comment section below.