At the Google I / O conference starting this week, Google showed some of the news in the next version of Android, Android Q.
Among the news this time is dark mode, better control over app rights (including limiting location sharing to when the app is in use), automatically capturing what you hear on the phone and more.
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Android Q can now be tested
Although there are still a few months before Android Q is launched, there is a beta version (at the time of writing version 3) that can be downloaded by anyone.
You must currently have one of these phones:
* Not officially mentioned by Google, but according to a press release that we have received, OnePlus 6 can also use the Android Q-beta.
Please note: using a beta version of the operating system is not something that we recommend on your primary phone. You may experience problems with instability and error messages and in the worst case leave a useless phone because it is all under development.
How to get Android Q
The procedure is slightly different depending on which phone you have in the list above.
We tested on a Sony Xperia XZ3 and there we had to download Sony & # 39; s software on the PC and perform the update from there by holding down the alt button and selecting the repair function. Secondly, we had to click through to several warnings that this happened on our own responsibility before the installation started.
Also keep in mind that such an update deletes all content on the phone and therefore you must first make a good backup. You can go back to the previous version, but then you lose all your personal information, so you will be warned.
If you are still tempted, you will find instructions for each of the models on the Google beta page. On some phones, such as OnePlus 6T, the upgrade is so easy that you simply download and run a file, while at Huawei Mate 20 Pro you are a registered developer who has published at least one app on Google Play.
Not everything in its place
After we have pushed ourselves into the operating system, it must be said that this is not the case everything that is still present through the functions that Google has shown.
Among other things, the live caption feature, which can display subtitles automatically for everything that is said on the phone, is not included in the current beta version – at least not on our test phone.
Only one thing is instead, the ability to indicate that an app can only access your location when you use it, and not when it runs in the background. It is a novelty that we welcome.
(For the sake of order: although we are English in the screens, the beta also supports the Norwegian language – we had just switched to English to see if we were then given the live caption feature.)
In addition, you can enable the new navigation in the settings, which is basically a blueprint of how Huawei has implemented it in the last two phones – just like the iPhone X, but where a sweep, either from the right or left of the screen, acts. as a back button. The animations are also much more flexible than before.
With regard to notifications, you can now keep your finger on one and then choose whether it should be distinctive, with pling sound, top banner and display on the lock screen, or you simply want it to end up in the warning panel without being disturbed.
The dark mode can be found under the display settings or in the drop-down list, but for now you can only switch it on and off and not put it on autopilot based on sunrise and sunset, as you can in the new ONE UI interface from Samsung , for example on Galaxy S10 +.
We have also not found the new "focus mode" feature, which allows you to define apps that you need to prevent from being focused and then turn gray and inaccessible until you exit focus mode.
As usual, there are also many of the news that happen a bit more under the hood. "Project mainline" ensures, among other things, that you can get security updates much easier than before, where it runs smoothly in the background.
There will probably be a couple of three beta versions before Android Q is launched this year in the third quarter, that is, somewhere between July and September. The time it takes to reach your phone varies as usual.