Android Q, version 10 is yet to be released but a leaked video has already thrown some light to certain features that will be present on the upcoming version. Google had announced Android Pie to be released on August 6, but only a handful of devices has received the operating system. In fact there are still devices waiting for an Oreo installation. Another point to note here is that, last time google announced an android version before august 6 was way back in 2012, when it introduced jelly bean. Sources assume that we cannot expect this in the case of Android Q. Keeping this information in mind, Android Q developer preview 1 (Android Q DP1) is expected to be released sometime mid-march while the first public beta buildis anticipated to be released in May 2019.

The leaked video of the Android Q build promises features like system-wide dark mode, more privacy controls especially when it comes to app permissions, a ton of new developer options and accessibility tools among others. A few screenshots that were reported earlier also flaunted these features and now the video leak has done it in detail. The Android Q build’s detailing is done by XDA developers.

The newer things shown in the video include the feature where the users have to slide right to dismiss notifications while sliding them towards left would open icons for snooze and notifications buttons. Another new feature is that apps are changed in the permissions section. There used to be a checkmark toggle which depicts an app’s permission status but it has been removed with a redesigned view for each app replacing it. This feature clearly mentions why the particular app requires the permissions. This helps the users to decide if the permission should be granted or denied and also viewing the app permissions is so much easier this way.

Another prominent feature portrayed in the build is the system wide dark mode. It showcases the UI elements in a much more aesthetic window and also imparts the dark mode to the launcher, settings and third party notifications as well. There is also a developer tool called ‘override force dark’ and this helps in applying a dark theme to apps which lack native dark mode support. An addition to the update in apps’ permission status, in Android Q, the users can identify when the app is using location status. A separate location icon can be spotted in the status bar while this happens.

There is also a mention of tool called the ‘force desktop mode’. This tool is assumed to be similar to DeX by Samsung. Apart from this, a number of new developer tools such as a flag for enabling a native screen recorder and a feature for choosing graphics driver listed as ‘game update package preferences’ are present. In Android Q, the Wi-Fi symbol is redesigned and also another feature called ‘Role’ which opens up a list of controls for SMS, browser and gallery can be spotted in the video.

There are alsoa lot of accessibility features like ‘Time to read’ and ‘Time to take action’ which decide the duration of message visibility and a redesigned appearance of app installation pop-up dialogues along with a new file sorting standard shown in the video. Although the point that should be noted here is we do not know how many of these changes will pass the experimental phase.

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