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Android Q Beta 4: Notifications, live subtitles, gestures, privacy settings, and other exciting features



Google released on Wednesday the fourth beta of Android Q . The update completes the APIs that developers use to build apps, and adheres to the Google schedule for the beta program and the official launch of Android Q later this summer. For the first time, Google launched the Android Q-Beta program for Pixel Phones (19459005) in March ($ 235 on Amazon) (19459004). Since then, we've seen three beta updates, each with fixes and new features.

For example, in the second beta, we introduced a new feature, Bubbles, which changes the way you interact with notifications on your Android device. And now we finally see examples of how Bubbles will work. There is now the option to navigate with full gesture and drop the tired navigation buttons Android always had.

If you want to support Google testing Android Q, you can sign up now . Remember that this is still a beta version and there are problems. Some apps simply do not work, and battery life has cut corners during the beta process.

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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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Bubbles now works with the Google Phone app.


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Are you still using the Chat Heads feature of Facebook Messenger? If so, you will love the new Bubbles feature of Android Q. Bubbles work just like chat heads, with a circular notification of what's on your screen. Google wants developers to know which types of apps are using bubbles just because a stream of notifications that appear on your screen, regardless of what you're doing, would very quickly get pretty annoying.

As you can see in the screenshots above, Bubbles works with the Google Phone app. I triggered bubbles by leaving an active call. After that, a small circle appeared with the picture of the contact. As you move the balloon, two options are displayed at the bottom of the screen: Hide or End Call. If you drag the icon to one of the two options, it will be exactly the same as the one described. By tapping on the balloon once, a few more options were displayed, eg. For example, enabling the speaker or mute the call.

Wi-Fi and QR codes

Android Q makes it easy to share Wi-Fi networks with a QR code.


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Sharing your Wi-Fi network password with friends or asking friends can be awkward. Android Q has a new feature that lets you create a QR code for your Wi-Fi network directly in the device's Wi-Fi settings, or scan a QR code to connect to a Wi-Fi network. To use this new feature, go to the Wi-Fi settings and select your home network. Then click the Share button with a small QR code directly above it.

Undo app removal

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Did you ever accidentally remove an app from your home screen and then find that you can not remember which app was there? I have.

On Android Q, after removing an app, you have a few seconds to undo the change. The undo button is at the bottom of the screen. Press it 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 always or not always grant an app access to your location. With Android Q, you can only grant an app access to your location information while you are actively using the app. Not only is this a matter of privacy, it also helps to extend battery life.

Privacy Settings

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The new privacy settings in Android Q are long overdue.


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Android Q now has its own Privacy section in the Settings app. Opening displays the various permissions apps can request for Calendar, Location, Camera, Contacts, and Microphone.

Android does not have a clear way to see which apps can access what data on your device. The new section makes it easier to discover and revoke permissions for specific apps. Take a few minutes to find out exactly what you can do on the new page Privacy Settings . Trust us, it's worth it.

Better notification control

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Android Q's new notification settings let you limit the sounds and beeps coming from your phone.


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If you press a warning for a long time, you have two options: Prioritized and Gentle. By selecting Prioritized, the app can emit a sound each time a new alert is issued and place an icon in the status bar. Gentle does not make a sound and it's up to you if you want to see an icon in the status bar. (You can customize the behavior by calling Settings > Apps & Notifications > Notifications .)

This is a small but important feature You no longer need to dive 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 Subtitles

Google's Live Subtitle feature in action.


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Google has developed Live Caption to make Android more accessible. With this feature, any video that is currently playing will be tagged live with no data connection. It's not quite ready for beta 3 yet, but it's too good not to be upset about it.

Originally published on March 14th.
Update, June 6: Adds new information about the current beta release.


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