Google on Tuesday detailed more features and services coming to Android Q under the opening key company's annual developer conference. There is a new Live Caption feature that looks very impressive.
Google first launched1; Bubbles – that changes how you interact with messages on your Android device. in March, followed by other beta in April and now the third beta is on its way. Of course, each new beta contains bug fixes, but there are also new features included in each update. For example, the other beta introduced us to a new feature ̵
If you are interested in helping Google test Android Q, you can sign up right now. Just keep in mind that this is still a beta version, and there are bugs. Some apps do not work, and you may lose photos or other important data.
Since this is a beta, it is quite possible that the functions will be changed or deleted altogether. We update this post as needed throughout the beta program.
Are you still using the Facebook Messenger Chat Heads feature? If so, you'll love Android Q's new Bubbles feature. Bubbles work just like Chat Heads, with a circular message floating over anything on the screen. Google wants developers to pay attention to the types of apps that use bubbles simply because a stream of messages displayed on your screen, no matter what you do, would be really annoying really fast.
I installed the second beta version but have not yet seen a Bubble popup yet. Hopefully, Google will start updating its core programs to show Bubbles for beta participants.
Wi-Fi and QR codes
Share your Wi-Fi network password with friends or ask if their may be cumbersome. Android Q has a new feature that lets you create a QR code for your Wi-Fi network, or scan a QR code to connect to a Wi-Fi network directly in the device's Wi-Fi settings.
Undo app removal
Remove an app from your home screen, accidentally, and remember that you can't remember which app was there? I have.
With Android Q you have a few seconds after an app has been removed to undo the change. You will find the Undo button at the bottom of the screen. Tap it and bam, the app is back where it belongs.
Android finally gets more granular control over. Currently, you can give an app access to your site either all the time or not all. With Android Q you get the ability to let an app access your location information only while actively using the app.
This is not just a privacy issue, but it certainly helps to save on battery life.
With Android Q, there is now a dedicated privacy department in the setup app. Opening it will reveal the various permissions apps can request for things like calendar, location, camera, connectors and microphone.
Android has missed a clear path to see which apps have access to which data on your device. The new section makes it easy to detect and revoke permissions for specific apps.
Better message controls
When you long press on a warning, you now get a few different options: Block, "Show quiet" and "Keep alerting".
This is a small but important feature because you no longer need to dig into the Settings app to find out how to customize an apps alerts. You just keep long press, choose an option and you're done.
One way to make Android more accessible, Google Live Caption developed. The feature will live caption every video being played, without a data connection. It's not quite clear for beta 3, but it's too good not to be tense already.
Originally published March 14th.
Update, May 7: Adds new information about the current beta version.