Android Q release date, features and rumors

The Android Q launch date is a big step nearer right this moment, as Google has launched the primary developer beta. Pixel telephone homeowners would be the first that may wave goodbye to final 12 months’s Android Pie and say howdy to Android 10.

You can anticipate to obtain Android 10 Q in August, based on Google’s official developer beta timeline. That’s in case you do not wish to set up an unfinished beta. 

You may anticipate new Android Q options to debut at Google IO 2019 on May 7 on the firm’s keynote in Mountain View, California (we’ll be there protecting it reside). 

Before Google IO, now we have a listing of early Android Q options we learn about already because of the continued beta, and an concept of when the software program will roll out to numerous smartphones and tablets.

Right now, we’re largely answering these questions by way of historic knowledge and leaks, and we’ll know extra concrete info as Google IO 2019 approaches.

Cut to the chase

  • What is Android Q? It’s the subsequent model of Android
  • When are you able to get Android Q beta? Download the Android Q developer beta now
  • When will Android Q launch in full? Probably August  
  • How a lot will Android Q value? It will (assumedly) be a free replace

Android Q launch date

  • March 13: The first Android 10 developer beta has launched
  • Early April: No joke, we’ll get Android Q beta 2 on or round April 1
  • Early May: Android Q developer beta three is due close to May 1
  • Early June: The ultimate incremental replace, beta 4, ought to land in June
  • July: Beta 5 and beta 6, launch candidates, might land this month
  • August: The ultimate launch has routinely occurred in August

Google’s Android Q developer beta is already here – not less than should you personal a Pixel telephone and are prepared to check out an unfinished cell working system.

The Android 10 Q launch date timeline (Image credit score: Google)

Google has outlined six levels to its six-month-long beta course of, together with the preliminary launch, three incremental updates, one replace with ultimate APIs and the official SDK, after which two launch candidates. That’s all earlier than the ultimate model of Android 10.

Its month-to-month updates ought to give us an official Android Q launch date in August, and traditionally, that is after we’ve seen the ultimate replace launch in previous Android variations. But that does not imply each Android telephone may have Android Q by August. 

The roll out to different Android telephones will occur all through 2019 and even into 2020 as varied producers add their very own options and interfaces to the working system. There’s an opportunity you may have to attend months after the preliminary Android Q launch earlier than you see the OS replace in your machine.

That lengthy rollout is not assured, although: Google’s Project Treble has been working to make it simpler for phonemakers to replace to the most recent model of Android (and do it quicker). Part of that progress has lead Treble to ask extra producers to take part within the Android Q beta, one of many challenge’s group leads revealed on a podcast.

Android Q options

With the general public reveal of the primary Android Q developer beta, Google formally confirmed a bit of options coming within the full replace. It’s unclear in the event that they’re all obtainable within the first launch or which will likely be added in a later beta, however not less than we all know a few of what’s coming.

Of course, Google is conserving a number of the enjoyable new options near the chest. Some of the extra newsworthy ones will in all probability be revealed at Google IO 2019, whereas others will likely be unveiled with additional beta variations. However, we might have a heads-up on which options to anticipate from Google’s cell working replace because of leaks.

But first, listed below are options that Google confirmed in its Android Developers Blog post.

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Foldable assist

The massive characteristic for 2019 is assist for “foldables and innovative new screens,” because the Android Developers Blog put up put it. This is extra a characteristic for builders, with back-end modifications that may assist make their apps prepared for the massive, folding screens of the top-tier telephones. But not less than we all know Google’s ensuring Android is prepared for them.

System-wide darkish mode

Android Q’s first big leak was by the positioning XDA Developers, which allegedly received a maintain of a January 2019 construct of the brand new OS and confirmed off what could be coming – together with an all-system darkish mode, which tech skilled Owen Williams confirmed was within the first developer beta.

Supposedly, you can toggle it on in Display Settings, and in the principle interface, Settings and Files will flip a darkish grey. Other elements just like the Volume panel, Quick Settings and Notifications flip black to point out up in opposition to the darker background. 

Developers will even get an choice that appears to pressure apps with out darkish modes to change to the nighttime-friendly colour scheme.

Privacy, privateness, privateness

The Android Developers Blog put up asserting the developer beta confirmed a heavy emphasis on boosting privateness in Android Q.

Users may have extra management over app entry to location information, shared information and repositories like Photos and Videos. Another useful change: as an alternative of apps robotically switching focus once they have an Activity within the background (like an alarm or name), appmakers and decide to ship high-priority notifications first. 

These could be a number of the most onerous modifications for builders in Android Q, which is why, because the Android Developers Blog put up reads: “We are bringing these changes to you early, so you can have as much time as possible to prepare.”

Developers will be capable to present contextually-important system settings inside their apps, which harnesses the ‘Slices’ characteristic that got here in Android 9 Pie. So as an alternative of getting to navigate to Settings to change on Airplane Mode or toggle Wi-Fi or Mobile Data on/off, say, you can do this proper inside your cell browser.

There are additionally tweaks to connectivity, together with ‘adaptive Wi-Fi’ that allows excessive efficiency/low latency modes, which might be helpful for issues like on-line gaming or voice calls.

Like all of the depth and blur in Pixel digicam software program? In Android Q, apps can request depth knowledge (JPEG + XMP metadata + depth and confidence map) to, say, supply “specialized blurs and bokeh options in your app,” because the Android put up suggests. “You can even use the data to create 3D images or support AR photography use-cases in the future.”

Android Q will even assist extra multimedia codecs: AV1 to let media suppliers stream high-quality video, Opus for audio encoding, and HDR10+ for top dynamic vary video “on devices that support it” – like, say, the Samsung Galaxy S10 household.

As for gaming, the Android Q beta enhances assist for OpenGL together with bug fixes and extra performance. 

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More permissions

XDA’s leak additionally revealed a revamp of permissions, from the final to particular. 

Users can take a look at a broad overview of which apps they’ve given permission for sure issues – like, say, location or microphone entry. There’s a search operate that permits you to filter by permission merchandise, permitting you to rapidly see which apps you have given entry to your digicam, contacts, location and so forth.

You may take a look at permissions every app has been granted and toggle them individually to set whether or not entry is off, on, or solely on whereas the app is open.

Android Q / Android 10

There are loads of new developer instruments described by the XDA leak, however it’s not clear how all of them will operate. 

Freeform home windows return, which helps you to allow them after urgent and holding an app icon within the latest apps overview. On the opposite hand, XDA additionally discovered a characteristic referred to as “Game Updates Package Preference” whose goal is a little bit of a thriller. Another, titled “force desktop mode,” looks as if it might push Android to an exterior show, Samsung DeX-style.

Not the entire UI is completed, both, making some options – like display recording – not completely understandable. 

Face ID-style authentication for logins and purchases

Another dive into the developer construct XDA Developers acquired revealed the OS may get a characteristic iOS customers have bragged about for awhile: Face ID. The subsequent model of Android may assist telephones packing the {hardware} to make use of facial scans for authentication.

It’s unclear simply the way it will work, or if it might mix sensor readings for a complete scan of facial options. But we did get hints by way of error codes in one of many OS’ APK, which variably inform the person to maneuver the telephone in several instructions for the machine to get a greater take a look at their face. 

Other strings of code discovered by XDA are additionally promising, like one which blatantly informs customers they will “Use your face to unlock your phone, authorize purchases, or sign in to apps.”

Whether telephones will be capable to use Face ID is one other story: they should have the {hardware} put in – whether or not that is sensors or the best specs – for the characteristic to work. 

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Goodbye again button, howdy (solely to) gesture controls

While latest Android telephones from completely different manufacturers have tried to push their very own gesture controls for years, the OS has all the time stored its static three-button navigation as an choice. Those days could be at an finish as that XDA preview construct confirmed solely gesture controls, per Tom’s Guide.

From the appears of it, customers might solely be capable to use the navigation system current within the Google Pixel 3: a small capsule on the backside of the display that you may swipe within the cardinal instructions to get round. 

It’s key to notice that Android permits manufacturers to develop their very own navigation strategies and techniques to associate with their overlays, so it is not possible that this would be the solely solution to navigate. This construct can be a bit outdated, so who is aware of if one thing as integral as OS motion can be finalized that far out.

Anything else?

There had been a pair different extra Android 10 odds and ends from that XDA leak, together with a pair of latest accessibility settings.

Both apply to how lengthy notification messages keep up, and seemingly apply to completely different sorts of notifications. The first are for “messages that ask you to take action,” whereas the opposite apparently refers to notifications that pop up with easy reminders. You can toggle these to remain up between 30 seconds and a couple of minutes. 

That’s all we have seen for now, however new particulars will certainly come up within the coming beta variations, at Google IO 2019 in May and from any leaks in between.

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