Tag: series_android_q_feature_spotlights

After a week with Android Q Beta, here are all the little changes we’ve noticed

Article Contents There are quite a few new features (and some removed functionality) present in the first beta of Android Q — we’ve documented around 50 major changes already. There are also plenty of smaller tweaks that don’t warrant separate coverage, so we’re going over them here. Without further ado, here all of the smaller […]

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Do Not Disturb schedules can be customized on Android Q

Do Not Disturb mode on Android has a long and troubled history. Since its inception on Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google substantially changed the behavior of the feature with every other update of its OS, taking away many options on Pie. Between that version and Q, apart from some improvements to the menu item structure in DND […]

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Android Q won’t let apps turn Wi-Fi on and off, potentially crippling apps like Tasker

Android is known and loved for the extensive amount of automation and customization that can be achieved through its APIs. One of those is giving apps the ability to turn on and off Wi-Fi without user input. Tasker and IFTTT are major beneficiaries of this capability, but there is always malware that could abuse access […]

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Google mimics iOS navigation gestures with hidden features in Android Q Pixel launcher

Android Ice Cream Sandwich was the first version of the operating system to introduce virtual navigation keys to phones, allowing manufacturers to dismiss physical ones. Although some decided to wait much longer to implement these, — I’m looking at you, Samsung — almost all Android devices nowadays have finally abandoned traditional buttons in favor of on-screen […]

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Android Q adds hidden native “chat head” bubbles for all notifications

Back in the day, when Facebook first introduced chat heads for quickly replying to messages without leaving the app you were using, it was groundbreaking. Google picked up on those cues and added an option to answer messages right from notifications. The concept of chat heads even made into Google’s phone app. Now, Google is […]

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Android Q Beta has hidden option for remapping Pixel squeeze gesture to other assistant apps

The Pixel 2 and 2 XL included an ‘Active Edge’ feature, where squeezing the phone opened Google Assistant. This functionality carried over to the Pixel 3, but there has never been an official way to remap the squeeze action to something else — until now. As discovered by XDA Developers, the first Android Q beta […]

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Android Q has a new sound effect for ending calls

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Android Q steps up the fight against overlay-based malware

One of the bigger developer-facing changes we’ve spotted in Android Q is a mild deprecation of the SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW permission which controls overlays. (Think Facebook’s chat heads or those Pokémon Go stats apps and you should get the idea.) Sideloaded apps on Android Q will see that permission revoked after 30 seconds, and the permission is […]

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Android Q’s new feature flags modify the power menu, make audio output switching easier, and allow for other tweaks

We’ve already taken a look at one of the new feature flags in the Android Q Beta 1 — a buggy but potentially very useful native screen recording function — but there are several others worth mentioning too. Some of them bring about barely noticeable changes, but a few are actually pretty interesting. Thanks to […]

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Android Q shows your currently playing song info on the Ambient Display

Although Android Q’s Ambient Display seems pretty much unchanged at first glance, we keep discovering small modifications in it that are interesting. One of these is that you can see the full track title, and possibly even artist, on the always-on display without unlocking your phone. We’ve verified this with Spotify, Pocket Casts, YouTube Music, […]

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[Update: App is live] New Feedback app to be bundled with upcoming Android Q beta

We here at AP are chomping at the bit waiting for news on Android Q. Those of us who plan to install the beta have our Pixels ready, eagerly anticipating some kind of announcement from Google. Meanwhile, it looks like the company is planning to introduce a dedicated app to submit feedback for those of […]

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Android Q will allow more permissions for third-party apps set as defaults

If you’re setting an app to be your default browser or email client, you probably trust it with your data. However, you still have to manually grant it permission for everything. Starting with Android Q, apps set as defaults will be automatically granted permissions based on what they are the default for. Android Q introduces […]

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Android Q fixes major oversight in cloud backup implementation

You’re no dummy — you know just how fragile this digital life you’ve built can be — and so you take all manner of steps to protect yourself, using strong passwords, keeping on top of the latest software updates, and making backups of all your important data. And when it comes to Android, that’s meant […]

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New Android Q settings promise more time to read and act on alerts, but neither seems to work yet

Two new accessibility options have appeared in Android Q. The new “time to read” and “time to take action,” settings allow you to configure just how long certain messages stay on the screen. Or at least, they probably would if any apps supported them right now.   So far as we can tell, both options […]

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Android Q app info picks up new stats, rebrands ‘disable’ as ‘uninstall’ for system apps

Among all the other changes we’ve spotted in Android Q, Google is also tweaking the old app info screen for managing specific application details. In addition to a snazzy new look and Material Theme iconography, Android Q merges together general app uninstallation and system app disabling into one label, plus new notification average info. There’s […]

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Android Q shows all your apps with disabled notifications in one place

Recent versions of Android have made it easier to silence noisy apps by muting their notifications. However, what if you want to bring some notifications back? You need to remember which apps you’ve silenced. Android Q makes that easier by putting all apps with disabled notifications in one settings menu. This isn’t a new menu but […]

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Every new Android Q feature we have found so far [Continuously updated]

Article Contents It’s that time of the year again. Google has pushed out betas for its latest, greatest version of Android: Q.  Your eagle-eyed Android Police editors have been combing through looking for new features, changes, improvements, and even setbacks, and we’ve enumerated everything we’ve found here, together with a brief description of what’s new. […]

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Freeform windows can be enabled in Android Q without hacks

Back in Android 7.0 Nougat, Google added a feature called ‘Freeform windows.’ It allowed apps to run in resizable windows, but it was disabled by default, and the only way to use it was through ADB or third-party apps like Taskbar. In Android Q, Freeform windows can be enabled from the Developer Options — no […]

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Android Q will kill clipboard manager apps in the name of privacy

Privacy is a primary focus of Android Q for Google, and that may spell trouble for some of your favorite apps. In Android Q, Google has restricted access to clipboard data as previously rumored, which means most apps that currently aim to manage that data won’t work anymore. Having an app that sits in the […]

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Android Q brings half-baked dual-SIM support to the Pixel 3

Google has embedded eSIM capability into its Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 handsets, so users could choose between using a physical chip or a virtual one. Unfortunately, the option was limited to registering one or the other on the network, but not both at the same time. With Android Q, the company is bringing (limited) […]

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Android Q can automatically activate Battery Saver based on your usage habits

Battery saver can be crucial for eking out those last few minutes of screen time before you can make it to a charger, but the implementation in Android 9 Pie and earlier is a little crude; you could only set it to turn on at a specific percent remaining. In Android Q, you have the […]

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