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Android Q Beta 2: Bubbles, privacy settings, and other exciting features



Google launched the first Android Q-Beta program for pixel phones in March. Right on time, the company has released the second beta for beta users. Of course, each new beta release contains bug fixes, but the second beta release comes with a new feature – Bubbles – that changes the way you interact with notifications on your Android device.

If you want to support Google testing Android Q, you can sign up for now. Remember, this is a very early beta version and there are bugs. Some apps will not work and you may lose photos or other important data.

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Because it's a beta version, it's quite possible that features will be changed or removed altogether. We will update this post as needed during the entire beta program.

Bubbles

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Are you still using the Chatheads feature of Facebook Messenger? If so, then you will love the new bubbles feature of Android Q. Bubbles work just like chat heads, with a circular notification above the screen. Google wants developers to be aware of what types of apps are using bubbles, simply because a notification stream that appears on your screen can quickly become annoying no matter what you do.

I installed the second beta but have not seen a bubble popup yet. Hopefully Google will update its core apps to showcase bubbles for beta participants.

Wi-Fi and QR codes

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Sharing your Wi-Fi network password with friends or requesting their password can be cumbersome. Android Q introduces 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

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Always accidentally remove an app from your home screen and then find that you can not 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. Press and bam, the app is back where it belongs.

Position Control


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Android finally gets more control over how an app can use location information . Currently, you can grant an app access to your location at any time or not all. With Android Q, you have the ability to access an app for your location information only while actively using the app.

This is not just a matter of privacy, it also helps to conserve the battery.

privacy settings

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With Android Q, there is now a special privacy section in the Settings app. When opening, you'll see the different permissions apps can get for calendar, location, camera, contacts, and microphone.

Android lacks a clear way to show which apps can access what data on your device. The new section makes it easier to detect and revoke permissions for specific apps.

Better notification control


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If you hold down a warning for a long time, you now have several options: Block, Show in Silence, and Always Hold Alerts.

This is a small but important feature because you no longer need to search the Settings app to find out how to customize an app's alarms. You just press long, choose an option and you're done.

Originally published on March 14th.
April 3 Update: Adds news about the release of the second beta and Bubbles feature.


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