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Android Q Beta 3: Bubbles, Live Caption, Privacy Settings and other exciting features



Google on Tuesday detailed other features and services for Android Q during the opening keynote at Google I / O the company's annual developer conference. There is a new live caption feature that looks very impressive.

In March, Google first launched Q9 Beta9 [Q9] for Pixel phones followed by the second beta in April and now, on schedule, the third beta is on its way , Of course, each new beta release contains bug fixes, but each update also includes new features. For example, the second beta introduced a new feature ̵

1; Bubbles – that will change the way you interact with notifications on your Android device.

If you want to help Google test Android Q, you can sign up now. Remember that this is still a 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, regardless of 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 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 Wi-Fi settings of the Wi-Fi network device.

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.

Site 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 only a matter of privacy, but also helps to save battery life.

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 press and hold a warning for a long time, you will now see various options: Block, Show in Silence, and Always Alert.

This is a small but important feature as you do not need to go into the Settings app to find out how to customize an app's notifications. You just press long, choose an option and you're done.

Live Caption

Google's Live Caption feature in action.


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One way to make Android more accessible was Google Live Caption. The feature will subtitle any video that is playing live without data connection. It's not quite ready for Beta 3, but it's too good not to be excited.

Originally released on March 14th.
Update May 7: Adds new information about the current beta release.


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