Android 10.0 Q : new features and everything you need to know about the major update

Android 10.0 Q is the next major version of the most widely used mobile operating system in the world. A first beta version is already available for testing on Google Pixel smartphones. There are many new features: dark mode, desktop mode, support for foldable smartphones... that's all we know about the next version of the mobile OS.

Release date

The first beta developers of Android Q is already available, before a public beta made available to users of some compatible smartphones on May 7, 2019 in the wake of the Google I/O conference. The final version should normally be available for the first smartphones as early as August.

New functionalities
This year, there are particularly many new products. Here are some of the most important ones:

Android Q natively gives you some additional customization options. Among them, accent colors, a little like those you can choose in Windows 10, and which therefore have repercussions in various places on the interface.

Native support for foldable smartphones

There is no doubt that 2019 will be the year of the folding smartphones. Android Q is ready for this thanks to many optimizations. Applications will resize natively according to the folded and unfolded modes. Native support for devices with more than one screen has also been implemented.

Simplified sharing

The sharing menu has been redesigned to be faster and easier to use. Now, when you want to share something, whether it's a link, a photo or any other content, an improved sharing menu is displayed. It displays the content at the top with an icon directly to copy it to the clipboard. Follow-up of the other more usual icons. These icons appear faster than before thanks to a new API.

System settings directly in the application

Android Q will allow applications to integrate some system controls. The u. of the examples shown by the company is the possibility to activate and deactivate WiFi, mobile data and aircraft mode directly in Google Chrome. This saves a few steps compared to what is currently available.

Depth of field in all photo applications

Multiple photo sensors can capture depth of field information. This allows you to adjust the Bokeh effect after the event, for example. From now on, all applications will be able to use this data and use it for effects.

System-wide dark mode

The dark mode is a long awaited feature. Putting a dark theme on an AMOLED smartphone not only provides a more pleasant user experience in low-light conditions. It is also an excellent way to extend battery life.

Improved permissions system

The permission system is significantly improved. Users will benefit from more granular controls over what applications can and cannot do. This will allow you to choose to share your location "never", "only when the application is open" or "always", as is already the case on iOS. A new menu will allow you to see at a glance which applications use permissions the most and which permissions they are.

Desktop mode: DeX for all

Android Q introduces a kind of native DeX mode. You can now connect your smartphone to an external display via a USB type C adapter. You can then interact with the applications almost as you would on a PC, including windows. For the time being in beta 1 this mode is still experimental.

Compatible smartphones
For the moment, only Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel 3 XL are compatible with beta developers.

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