One of the main differences between iOS and Android is the way users interact with their phones. For example, a lot of Android phones come with on-screen buttons or soft keys for going home, accessing the menu, or going back. This is versus iOS where the newer iPhone models essentially rely on gestures for navigation.
Android users have long been asking Google for a native dark theme for the OS. There were reports that the company may introduce this with Android Q, the next major update for its mobile OS. Google confirmed today at its I/O 2019 developers conference that there will indeed be an Android Q dark theme.
Google is working with Android OEMs to expand the beta of its upcoming Android release to even more devices. The company did something similar last year as well for Android P so it’s no surprise that it’s doing the same thing for Android Q as well. Android Q isn’t due to arrive for at least a few months.
According to reports, it has been revealed that the upcoming Android Q will finally be introducing a system-wide dark mode. Now according to a report from Android Police, it seems that a feature in the Android Q beta has been activated in which users will now be able to schedule when dark mode turns on or off.
As we’re starting to see more handset makers opt for the full-screen design, it also means that Android needs to start adapting where instead of relying on on-screen/soft keys, gestures will probably be a better idea. We’ve seen Google adopt some gestures with the Pixel 3 smartphones, but now it looks like they might be expanding on that.
When Apple first launched 3D Touch, it was rumored that Android handset makers could be looking to follow suit with 3D Touch like features of their own. However, it seems that 3D Touch never quite took off the way Apple had hoped and for the most part, pressure-sensitive displays are a rare find on Android handsets, if at all.
Last month when the Android Q developer preview was launched, it was discovered that Google could be considering introducing a new feature for managing notifications in the form of chat heads. For those who are unfamiliar, Facebook kind of introduced the concept of chat heads which are floating icons on the home screen that users can tap on to quickly chat with their friends.
One of the nifty features of Facebook Messenger is that it uses chat heads that are displayed on the main screen and overlays on top of other apps. Some might find it intrusive or annoying, but the fact that it is always present means that it is easy to get to, especially if you use Facebook Messenger often.
Google released the developer preview of Android Q yesterday ahead of formally unveiling the latest iteration of its mobile operating system later this year. The developer preview has revealed some of the new features that Google has been working on. A new report points out that Android Q brings support for a native desktop mode.
For a while now we have been hearing reports about some of the features of Android Q, where the folks at XDA Developers managed to get their hands on a leaked build, but unfortunately there was no mention of when the official developer preview would be launched. There was some speculation that we could be getting close, and now it seems like the time has come.
From what we know about Google’s release habits, they typically release a developer preview for Android early in the year. This will later be followed by an official announcement at Google I/O where they detail some of the features and changes we can expect, and then a full release in the later part of the year.
One of the features that Android devices have over iOS devices is the “back” button. This is actually a pretty useful feature where users can use it to navigate websites, navigate menu settings, and more. However it seems that come Android Q, there is a chance that Google could be ditching the feature.
Updates are usually something to look forward to since they bring about improvements, bug fixes, and new features to an app. However sometimes there is a chance that an update could actually end up breaking an app, or changing it in such a way that you don’t find particularly useful.
It’s possible for Android apps to read the contents of your phone’s clipboard even when they’re running in the background. There are third-party ROMs that block this access but Android in its default state currently does not. However, this could change with Android Q, the next major iteration of Google’s mobile operating system.