Android Q is slated for release on September 3, 2019, and your smartphone experience will never be the same thereafter. Currently active on 2.5 billion devices, the experience has always gotten better with every version.
Google continuously strives to shape the future of mobile technologies by working with trusted partners in the industry. It has made smartphones extremely helpful for the common man, who trusts his device with lots of confidential information.
From a developer’s perspective, companies offering Best Android app development services never face any major problems in rolling out apps on any version of this platform.
Android makes sure that its users are always in control of their data and how it’s shared. With that being said, Android Q will focus on three key areas: innovation, security and privacy and digital wellbeing.
I will break down these three aspects in detail over the course of this article.
But before that, let’s have a…
Quick Recap of Android 9
Android 9 has done and is doing exceptionally well in the smartphone OS market.
It came with the prowess of Artificial Intelligence and made our phones smarter, simpler and more personalized.
Android 9 took great lessons from its end users and improved considerably as compared to the previous versions. From predicting your next task so you can take quick actions, to prioritizing battery power for your most-used apps, Android 9 adapted well to the lifestyle of today’s tech-savvy generation.
With so much already in place, it’s a no-brainer that Android 10 (Q) will offer a far better experience and unveil new capabilities. Let’s explore them now.
What’s New in Android Q?
Here are your three answers:
1. Innovative Mobile Experiences
Along with over 180 device makers, Android has always brought innovation in mobile technologies. Some of them are predictive typing, OLED displays, and high-density screens with edge-to-edge glass.
5G will be added to the list of innovations with the successful launch of Android Q. This will result in faster connectivity, and enhance experiences such as gaming and AR. Also, it is designed to support foldable devices and simplify everything from multi-tasking to adapting to different screen dimensions.
On-device machine learning is also on the cards of Android 10. Live Caption will be a reality once it releases. It will suit the likes of nearly 466 million specially-abled people worldwide for whom captions are more than a feature; they make phones more accessible to them. They can automatically caption media that’s playing audio on their phones with just a single tap. This feature works well with videos, podcasts and audio messages, across any app and even self-recorded stuff.
Smart Reply, also powered by on-device machine learning, works like magic when you receive notifications. It will intelligently predict your next action and reduce your burden when replying to texts or searching for a location in Maps.
2. Security and Privacy
Android can be credited with building numerous industry-first security and privacy protections, like file-based encryption and SSL. Also, Google Play Protect scans over 50 billion apps every day and is considered to be the most widely-deployed security and anti-malware service of any operating system.
Android Q comes with 50 new features and changes that focus on your security and privacy. For example, there is a dedicated Privacy section under Settings, where you can control the related settings from one place. Under Settings, you’ll also find a new Location section. Now, it’s possible to share location data with apps only while they’re in use. Additionally, you will get reminders when an app is using your location in the background. Android Q also protects other sensitive device information, like serial numbers.
With Android Q, you will get updates faster meaning that the important OS components will be updated in the background. This will ensure that you will always get the latest security fixes, privacy enhancements, and consistency improvements immediately after they’re made available. You don’t need to reboot your phone.
3. Find Balance with Digital Wellbeing Tools
Digital Wellbeing tools help you take better control of your phone usage. Stats show that app timers helped people stick to their goals over 90 percent of the time, and people who use Wind Down had a 27 percent drop in nightly phone usage.
Android Q has exciting features like Focus mode in its pipeline. It will help you prevent app distractions while concentrating on important tasks. Simply select the apps you find distracting and silence them until you come out of Focus mode.
Most importantly, children and families can now strike a better balance with technology as Android is making Family Link a part of every device that has Digital Wellbeing.
Brace Yourselves for the Change!
While concluding this blog, I am still imagining how Android will revolutionize smartphones yet again. After reading the features listed in this blog, I’m sure that you are as excited as me to see Android Q in action. So, let’s brace ourselves for the change!