With Android Q, Google has shaken things up a bit. They’ve introduced a lot of new features. Here some of the new things, you’re going to see on Android Q.
Google has introduced its upcoming version of Android awhile back. As usual, we don't know anything about the official name of this version yet. As of now, it is being called Android Q. However, we might not know the name yet, but we have got a lot of information about the new features it is coming with.
So, for you, we are here to let you know about some of the most noteworthy new features of Android Q in this article. Are you ready? Then let’s cut to the chase...
The stock Android OS had a very basic facial recognition system in place. As a result, a lot of other phone manufacturers have added their own improved facial recognition system instead of the basic one. And, it seems that Google also noticed that they need to revamp this security feature.
So, Android Q is coming with a new facial recognition system. It seems that the users can use that face authentication feature to not only unlock their handset but also sign in to apps and so on. Also, there’s an additional option which indicates that by default your eyes must be opened to use face authentication successfully.
System-wide dark theme:
At last, the most awaited feature is coming to Android. The community has been yearning for the dark theme on Android for a long time. Fortunately, it is finally here. You can enable it from the quick settings section on the notification panel. Also, you can find the settings by navigating to Settings>Theme>Dark.
That will turn almost everything to true black in your Android. However, the dark theme might not work on apps which don't support it natively. It totally depends on the particular apps and their developers. On top of this, if you enable the ‘Battery Saver’ mode in Android Q, the dark theme will be enabled automatically.
New theming options and accent colors:
By default, all the previous Android versions came with only one accent color which is black. But, with Android Q Beta 3, we have seen that Google has added 3 accents colors to choose from which are green, purple, and black.
Interestingly, Google has added a few more new accent colors in the Beta 4 of Android Q which are ocean, space, orchid, and cinnamon. At this moment, the option is buried in the ‘Developer options’ setting. There are also a few theming options available in Android Q.
Google is bringing the ‘Smart Reply’ feature OS-wide with Android Q. That means it will support almost any messaging apps. The feature allows you to reply to a conversation with just a single tap.
Here’s an example for you — when you receive a message from a particular contact, your phone will suggest you a number of replies based on the current and previous conversations of you two. And, by tapping on any of those suggestions, you can reply in a flash.
That’s not all of it. Another new feature will come which will maximize the usefulness of the ‘Smart Reply’ feature by miles. And, that is the ‘Suggested Actions’ feature. With the help of this feature, your phone will not only suggest replies but also suggest actions to perform like opening a relevant app, playing a song, or opening the camera etc.
Those will also depend on the conversation you’re having. For instance, if you are conversing about a location, your phone will suggest you to open the ‘Maps’ app straight from the app you are conversing on. Frankly, that will be a real time saver.
No more Back button and revamped gesture function:
Google has introduced a brand new gesture feature along with the release of Android Pie. But, with Android Q, they have revamped the gesture feature and brought it to a whole new level. Now, Google has ditched the ‘Back’ button completely. This new gesture function is more like iOS’s gesture function.
You have to enable the gesture function from the system navigation settings menu. After that, a little navigation bar will appear in place of the ‘Home’ button of your phone. That means the new gesture function is in action. Here are the ways you can take advantage of this new feature:
- Going Back: Swipe from either edge of the display
- Going Home: Swipe up on the new Navigation bar
- Switching between apps: Swipe either right or left on the new navigation bar
- Launching the app drawer: From your home screen, Swipe up on the navigation bar
- Launching the app switcher: Swipe up on the navigation bar and hold/pause a bit
It might seem overwhelming at first, but believe me, you will get the hang of it after a few tries. It feels pretty intuitive and natural. There’s a problem, though. The ‘Back’ gesture interferes with the commands of some particular apps.
Here‘s the thing — there are a lot of apps which come with a navigation pan on either edge of the screen. So, by swiping from the edge of the screen, we can access to additional settings of those particular apps. But, with the introduction of the new ‘Back’ gesture, you can’t access those settings anymore. If you try to do so, the system thinks it as a ‘Back’ command. As this is still in Beta, we hope it will be fixed in the final version.
The announcement of this incredible feature came in the Google I/O conference a while back. At that moment, Google just teased the feature a bit. But, with the passing of time, we now know a little bit more about this helpful feature.
With the ‘Live Caption’ enabled, your phone will add captions to any media playing on your phone in real-time. And, the most interesting part is that it won’t need any internet connection. It will take place on your device offline — Thanks to Google’s advanced AI.
You can enable this feature from the volume controls easily. Once it is enabled, any media paying on your phone will show a subtitle whether it is a video, podcast, video call, or a song. Google is claiming that it is very accurate. To confirm that, we have to wait and see.
Android Q is coming with a brand new mode called ‘Focus Mode’. This mode helps you to keep yourself distraction free. For instance, all of us carry a number of apps which tend to gobble up our time the most. With the help of ‘Focus Mode’, you can select to pause those distracting apps.
While the mode is enabled, those selected apps will not be accessible anymore. That way, you will be able to focus on the task at your hand. Upon disabling this mode, you can access all of your apps once again. Fortunately, the ‘Focus Mode’ will come to both Android Q and Android Pie OS in the near future.
Summing it up:
Android Q is coming with a whole lot of new and tweaked up features. Among them, some were very much anticipated and some were actually surprising to us. As of now, it is still in Beta version.
So, a lot of these features are a little buggy. We believe that Google will take care of those in the final version. And, hopefully, there will be more new features added in the final edition of Android Q. Nevertheless, don't forget to let us know your favorite feature from the list.