The Google launched the beta version of Android Q for the users Pixel . It is the fourth consecutive year that Google releases a beta of its new version of the operating system before the official release.
The big news is the greater privacy that is the big focus of Android Q. Like iOS, the new version of Google allows users to have more control over application permissions.
You can set whether an app has access to your location “never, only when the app is active or always”.
This gives the user more privacy. A food app, for example, needs its location to be able to deliver, but it does not have to have access to the resource at all times. Now you can define this type of metric better.
So new run-time permissions give the user more control over application access to photo, video, and audio files. Applications are also prevented from starting a background activity without authorization.
Google will make features available to improve the user’s browsing experience. The first is Sharing Shortcuts, a shortcut to sharing content.
So when a user wants to share content like a photo with someone in another application, the process must be fast, “says technology giant. “Developers will also be able to publish targets that initiate a specific activity with content attached to their applications.”
In addition Android Q also introduces a new option for developers, who are now able to include operating system features in their applications. “A browser may display a panel with connectivity settings such as Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi (including nearby networks), and Mobile Data. There is no need to leave the application, users can manage the settings directly on the dashboard, “explained Google.
Certainly another important change is on the display. Google is working to make application display work seamlessly on mobile phones with foldable screens, such as the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X. The company also promised more news on the subject soon.
The beta also lets you play media in the AV1 format and the features of biometrics and facial recognition have been enhanced.
The Android Q released this week is a test version and helps the company identify bugs and other issues. Google is expected to release the official version of the operating system in the second half of this year.