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What comes in Android Q (and some other things)



There was a lot of movement in the Android world the week of March 8 through the 15th. Q beta landed with all sorts of new features, Vivo showed a portless phone and Google killed a lot of services.

Android Q Feature Roundup

Let's start with the biggest Android news for the week, should we? Q beta landed for all Pixel devices, and it's jam-packed with all sorts of new features. The Android police and 9to5Google both did an incredible job covering all the new stuff it showed up here is all that far.

  • Android Q Beta is here. For Pixel phones, anyway. [Android Developers Blog]
  • The word on the street is that Q will also hit even more units during the beta version and the developer's preview this year. [Android Police]
  • With the upcoming Google+ closure, the Android Beta group has been moved to Reddit. [Android Police]
  • Android Q has a built-in screen recorder! But it is obvious that it is broken right now. [9to5Google, Android Police]
  • There are more haptic feedback vibrations in Android Q. Okay then! [9to5Google]
  • Foldable phones come. Q is ready. [Android Police]
  • The always displayed display in Q got a bit of a makeover. [9to5Google]
  • The Files app is all new, with an updated look and some nice new features. [Android Police]
  • Google bursts onto uncharted APIs to make Q safer. [Android Police]
  • The sharing menu becomes faster and less shit. Finally! [9to5Google]
  • Thanks to some ART enhancements, launching apps should be faster. [Android Police]
  • Android Q has a desktop mode! Which is … kind of confusing. Why does Android Q have a desktop mode? [XDA Developers]
  • Pixel Launcher on Android Q lets you replace deleted items with a new undo feature. [Android Police]
  • Dual SIM and standby support on Pixel 3 can be found in Q. [XDA Developers]
  • There is a small clock icon for new messages now, so you can see which one just pinged. It's useful! [9to5Google]
  • You can share your Wi-Fi password with a QR code. [Android Police]
  • Remaining battery shows a calculated time in the shade now. [Android Police]
  • You can only reject notifications by swiping to the right in Q-left is the action menu. Oof. [9to5Google]
  • So many new privacy features. [Android Police]
  • Accent colors and new icons are created in Q's Developer Options menu. Are there more customization options? [Android Police]
  • You can change the audio source from the notification screen. [9to5Google]
  • Rounded corners and ticks are shown in screenshots in Q. Yuck. [Android Police]
  • There are more options when you long press a message, which is neat. [Android Police]
  • Third party camera applications have access to depth effects and more. [Engadget]
  • Call screening and emergency information apps are now part of Android's default program menu. Alternatives from third parties are not yet available, so this says. [Android Police]
  • Background image access is blocked in Android Q, which probably means bad things for clipboard managers. [XDA Developers]
  • Smart Home and IoT connections are simpler in Q. [Android Police]
  • Battery saver is more dynamic in Q, with the ability to automatically activate based on usage. [Android Police]
  • There is a new series of options called "Feature Flags" that let users customize all kinds of things. [9to5Google]
  • You can see all your disabled messages in one place in Q. [Android Police]
  • It looks like Google is planning a total of six grazes in total, with the final release in Q3 of 201
    9. [XDA Developers]
  • In what will surely do some users upset, Magisk dev says that Q can mean bad things for root access. Oops. [9to5Google]

Vivo's portable phone shows his stuff

Chinese telephone manufacturer Vivo exhibited a wonderful portable concept phone to a group of writers in Hong Kong. The phone's shell is a unibody piece glass -Vivo, Vivo must come with a special production method to shape, cut, grind and polish a single piece of glass for this phone. It's wild.

You can read more about this thinking handset at The Verge and Engadget.

Samsung Galaxy S10 updates (and more)

All sorts of things happened with Samsung's latest flagship this week. Some good, a little bad. Some just fine. Here you go.

  • If you hate S10s punch camera clips, these wallpapers are for you. [XDA Developers]
  • Samsung presses the one-hand application application from a user interface to the Play Store. This means that it can be updated independently of the operating system. Nice. [Android Police]
  • S10 owners can get six months free Spotify Premium. The downside? Spotify is pre-installed on all S10s. You win little, you lose some. [The Verge]
  • Talk about free stuff to S10 owners, they also get four months of YouTube Premium. Yay for no ads! [9to5Google]
  • In slightly less enjoyable news, the S10's face lock feature can easily be tricked by an image because Samsung removed the retina. Ouch. [Android Police]
  • Verizon started pushing Android 9 Pie with a user interface to the note 9. Better late than never I guess. [Android Police]
  • Likewise, Android Pie started to hit Galaxy A + this week as well. [XDA Developers]
  • Samsung wants to make a "perfect full screen" phone without any cutouts or slots. Interesting. [Engadget]

What's new with Google This week

Google announced some things, killed some things and maybe killed some other things. This is all that is not Android Q Beta.

  • Finally, Google released an Android Q Feedback app. [9to5Google]
  • Google Fit becomes more battery efficient on Wear OS. All three of you using Fit and Wear OS are more grateful. [9to5Google]
  • Google Home Hub and other Assistant smart displays finally received continued calls. Finally. [Android Police]
  • Google teased its upcoming game streaming service. It will announce plans on GDC next week. Exciting things. [ Google on Twitter ]
  • Bearing in mind that Google filed a patent for a game controller. [The Verge]
  • If you subscribe to Google Fi and include your existing number and device, you will receive a free month of service. It is better than a non-vacant month of service if you ask me. [Android Police]
  • Deaths: Allo, goo.gl URL shorter, inbox and Google+. RIP, those things. [9to5Google]
  • Third-party Google Assistant speakers receive phone calls. [Android Police]
  • Google closed some of its hardware department focused on tablets and laptops, which is worrying. [9to5Google]
  • If you use Google One and pay for 2TB of storage space, Google will surely give you a free home. [Android Police]
  • Google's Lookout App for Visually Impaired is now available for download … provided you have a Pixel device, anyway. [The Verge, Google Play]
  • The Drive mobile apps got a face lift to match the web. It is beautiful. [Engadget]
  • Google Maps gets more features from Waze, such as speed trap and crash reporting. Nice. [9to5Google]
  • Good news: An adware app had nearly 150 million downloads before Google realized it and pulled it from the Play Store. I also think I need to work on my definition of "good news". [The Verge]
  • Chrome's data savers on mobile now work on HTTPS websites, which is like 80% of the web right now. I think it's really good news. [Android Police]
  • Shared libraries on photos are moved to a more obscure place that is still meaningful? [Android Police]

Device updates, App updates and everything else

There were some major app updates a week, along with some minor device updates. Red also said some things about the Hydrogen One that pretty much confused everyone.

  • Pushbullet got a big update that gives bound message, quick answers and some other things. [Android Police]
  • Facebook is testing a blingly-white interface in its Android app. I am sure it will go well if it is released. [XDA Developers]
  • Spotify is testing an option to let users disable its stupid feature: canvas videos. Good. [9to5Google]
  • Microsoft's My Phone feature in Windows 10 gets screen mirroring. [The Verge]
  • Xiami Redmi Note 7 received its first MIUI update, providing a low light camera mode. [XDA Developers]
  • NVIDIA SHIELD received a small update that supports Xbox Elite Controller and some other things. [9to5Google]
  • You know the little dinosaur you see in Chrome when it's offline? Well, you can buy one right now. I need it. [Dead Zebra]
  • RED took on the additional modules for Hydrogen One and then said some confusing things. [Android Police]
  • Xiaomi Mi 8 officially received LineageOS support. [XDA Developers]
  • T-Mobile's OnePlus 6T received RCS messages. So it starts. [9to5Google]
  • Firefox Fenix ​​got its first release. It looks good. [Techdows]
  • Red things: Amazon Amazon TV 2015 was rooted again. Go rip, go. [XDA Developers]
  • Root Stuff: GravityBox can be installed on Android Pie devices running Xposed Framework now. [XDA Developers]
  • Some details of Motorola's upcoming Razr folding phone leaked. Lovingly, it is said to be using a Snapdragon 710 processor. Weird. [XDA Developers]

There are many things, but so it goes in the world of Google. Something is always .



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