Android OS is around us for such a long time that it is impossible for us to imagine our everyday life. This year Google is destined to launch Android Q, the latest (Probably the last Android OS as Fuschia OS might take over).
Google is destined to Oficially launch its Android Q develpoer preview builds on mid of march. Though early builds of Android Q, we got a glipse of what Android Q might be.
Let’s Talk About What’s New!
System-wide Dark Theme :
A long awaited feature that all android users with AMOLED screen desired since a long time is finally making its debut to android AOSP system wide through Android Q.
Having a pitched black colour in the theme allows user to save 40% of the battery in phones that use AMOLED screen.
OEMs integrate dark theme in their custom made apps and themes with the cost of custom Android builds, ditching the Vanilla android experiences.
Google is preparing for its dark theme for long, as we can observe a certain toogle which turns apps like Messages, Contacts, Dialer and notification shade to have a dark mode.
With Android Q you can expect dark mode in
Google will also intergate a “Override force-dark” which will enable dark mode throughout the system to be in a dark mode and will force app to switch into dark mode even if they do not support it.
Manual App Rollback :
Sometimes devlopers might push certain app update which mess up the complete exprience of the app making it unuseable.
In that case, you have to wait for the developer to push another update regarding that fixed issue or to sideload the older version of the app from internet.
As of now, there is no such confirmation from google’s side but code from the alpha build suggests that google might bring this feature integrated into Android Q.
The app devloper also needs to provide certain codes that will allow the user to rollback into the older version of the app. If the devloper won’t include these permission, possibly you cannot revert back to the previous state of the app.
<protected-broadcast android:name="android.intent.action.PACKAGE_ENABLE_ROLLBACK"/> <protected-broadcast android:name="android.intent.action.PACKAGE_ROLLBACK_EXECUTED"/> <permission android:name="android.permission.PACKAGE_ROLLBACK_AGENT" android:protectionLevel="signature"/> <permission android:name="android.permission.MANAGE_ROLLBACKS" android:protectionLevel="installer|signature"/>
Desktop Mode :
The alpha Android Q build has codes build into it which suggests a desktop mode in Android Q.
Based on current build, it is very hard to tell the actual use of the desktop mode, whether it might allow user to use Samsung Dex like feature or allow users to use multiple split screen feature which we will see in Fuchsia OS.
The next developer mode might clear the situation out, and bring out the true face of Android Q
Security Update, yet again :
With Andoid Q, the overall security of the whole system took to another notch. With the early alpha build of the Android Q, we are accustomed with certain features that suggests that Android Q might be another name of security.
Permissions Revoke :
In the alpha build, we see a huge security update i.e. if you are using an app and it uses certain hardware and software features like camera, GPS and mic. You’ll see a small toast of permissions that the app is currently taking into account at the notification shade. This might be a game changer in the department of security.
Also you can revoke the granted permissions from an app if you tap on the toast, it is there at your reach. Now you don’t need to go to settings and disable the permissions manualy.
Blocking Clipboard Access :
It is more often than usual that we copy some sensitive information into the clipboard of android system allowing each and every app to use these data copied with or without your permissions.
But with Android Q, there is absolutely nothing to worry about as you have to manually grant permissions to the app you choose to share your content from clipboard.
It might sound an underwhelming feature, but on the long run there will be very less data theft going on from your device.
Android AOSP face unlock :
Recently, the trend of face unlock brings an upperhand since the first integration in iPhone X. This time in Android Q, you can expect an official facial unlock system build right into the vanilla android. Which means a very much secure and fast unlock using your face data.
Since Android 4.1, there is a face unlock feature. But it is very slow and less secure, so Google is going to play its upperhand using Android Q to fully enable the face-ID feature.
Though it might require to have certain hardware like TOF (Time-of-flight) sensor to be installed by the OEM before the Face-ID actually work.