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What's in Android Q (and some other stuff)?



There was a lot of movement in the Android world during the week of March 8-15. The Q-Beta was landed with all sorts of new features, Vivo showed a portless phone and Google brought a number of services to a halt.

Android Q Feature Summary

Let's start with the biggest Android news of the week, right? The Q-Beta has landed for all Pixel devices and is packed with all sorts of new features. Android Police and 9to5Google have both done an incredible job by covering all the new things that have surfaced here ̵

1; here's everything yet.

  • The Android Q Beta is here. For pixel phones anyway. [Android Developers Blog]
  • On the street, it says that Q will be seeing more devices in the beta and developer preview this year. [Android Police]
  • With the upcoming demise of Google+, the Android beta community has been moved to Reddit. [Android Police]
  • Android Q has a built-in paperless recorder! But apparently it is broken right now. [9to5Google, Android Police]
  • There are more haptic feedback vibrations in Android Q. Okay then! [9to5Google]
  • Foldable phones are coming. Q is ready. [Android Police]
  • The always-on display in Q has been reworked a bit. [9to5Google]
  • The Files app is new and has an updated look and some new features. [Android Police]
  • Google works against undocumented APIs to make Q more secure. [Android Police]
  • The sharing menu gets faster and less shitty. Finally! [9to5Google]
  • Thanks to some ART improvements, launching apps should be faster. [Android Police]
  • Android Q has a desktop mode! What is … somehow confusing. Why does Android Q have a desktop mode? [XDA Developers]
  • The Pixel Launcher on Android Q lets you replace removed elements with a new undo function. [Android Police]
  • Dual SIM and standby support for Pixel 3 is live in Q. [XDA Developers]
  • There is a small bell icon for new notifications, so you can tell which has just been pegged. This is useful! [9to5Google]
  • You can share your Wi-Fi password with a QR code. [Android Police]
  • Remaining battery now shows an estimated time in the shade. [Android Police]
  • You can reject notifications only by swiping to the right in Q. On the left is the action menu. Oof. [9to5Google]
  • So many new privacy features. [Android Police]
  • Accent colors and new symbol shapes are added to Q's Developer Options menu. Are more customization options available? [Android Police]
  • You can switch the audio source from the notification window. [9to5Google]
  • Rounded corners and the notch are displayed in screenshots in Q. Yuck. [Android Police]
  • There are more options if you long press a notification, which is neat. [Android Police]
  • Third-party camera apps have access to depth effects and more. [Engadget]
  • Call verification and emergency information apps are now included in the standard Android apps menu. Third-party options do not yet exist. [Android Police]
  • Access to the background clipboard is blocked in Android Q. This probably means bad things for the Clipboard Manager. [XDA Developers]
  • Smart home and IoT connections are getting easier in Q. [Android Police]
  • Battery Saver is more dynamic in Q, with the auto-activation option enabled depending on usage. [Android Police]
  • There is a new set of options called "Feature Flags" that allow users to make all sorts of settings. [9to5Google]
  • You can see all your disabled notifications in one place in Q. [Android Police]
  • It looks like Google is planning a total of six betas with final release in the third quarter of 2019. [XDA Developers]
  • What annoys some users, the Magisk developer says, could mean bad things for root access , Oh oh. [9to5Google]

Vivo's portless phone shows off its stuff

Chinese phone maker Vivo presented an absolutely beautiful portless concept phone to a group of Hong Kong writers. The case of the phone is a unibody piece from Glass – apparently Vivo had to develop a special manufacturing process to form, cut, grind and polish a single piece of glass for Body of this phone. It is wild.

For more information on this forward-thinking handset, see The Verge and Engadget.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Updates (and More)

Samsung's latest flagship hit this week. Some good, others bad. Some just neat. Let's go.

  • If you hate the hole pattern on the S10's camera, these are the wallpapers for you. [XDA Developers]
  • Samsung transfers one-handed gesture navigation app from One UI to the Play Store. This means that it can be updated independently of the operating system. Kind. [Android Police]
  • S10 owners can receive Spotify Premium for six months free of charge. The disadvantage? Spotify is preinstalled on all S10s. You win something, you lose something. [The Verge]
  • Speaking of free content for S10 owners, you'll also get four months of YouTube Premium. Yes, no advertising! [9to5Google]
  • For slightly less enjoyable news, the S10's face unlock feature can easily fool you with a picture because Samsung removed the retina scanner. Ouch. [Android Police]
  • Verizon started to move the Android 9 Pie to Note 9 with a user interface. Better than late, I guess. [Android Police]
  • Similarly, Android Pie hit the Galaxy A + again this week. [XDA Developers]
  • Samsung wants to make a "perfect full-screen phone" with no cut-outs or notches. Interesting. [Engadget]

What's new on Google this week?

Google has announced a few things, killed some things and maybe killed other things. This is all that is not the Android Q Beta.

  • Finally, Google has released an Android Q feedback app. [9to5Google]
  • Google Fit becomes battery efficient on Wear OS. All three of you who use Fit and should thank you better. [9to5Google]
  • The Google Home Hub and other wizard smart displays have finally been continued. Finally. [Android Police]
  • Google has abandoned its upcoming game streaming service. It will announce plans at the GDC next week. Exciting things. Google on Twitter ]
  • Speaking of which, Google has filed a patent for a game controller. [The Verge]
  • If you subscribe to Google Fi and bring along your existing number and device, you will receive a free service month. That's better than a non-free service month if you ask me. [Android Police]
  • Deaths: Allo, goo.gl URL shortener, Inbox, and Google+. RIP, these things. [9to5Google]
  • Google Assistant third-party speakers receive phone calls. [Android Police]
  • Google closed down part of its hardware department focused on tablets and laptops, which is worrisome. [9to5Google]
  • If you use Google One and pay for 2TB of storage, Google may want to give you a free Home Mini. [Android Police]
  • Google's Visually Impaired Lookout app is now available for download – assuming you already have a Pixel device. [The Verge, Google Play]
  • Drive's mobile apps have been adapted to the web UI. It's pretty. [Engadget]
  • Google Maps gets more features from Waze, eg. Eg speed monitoring and crash reports. Kind. [9to5Google]
  • Good news: An adware app had nearly 150 million downloads before Google noticed this and moved out of the play store. I also think that I have to work on my definition of "good news". [The Verge]
  • Chrome's mobile phone data saver now works on HTTPS sites, which is 80% of the Web at this time. I think that's really good news. [Android Police]
  • Shared libraries for photos have been moved to a darker place that makes sense anyway? [Android Police]

Device Updates, App Updates, and Everything else

There have been some major app updates this week, as well as some minor device updates. RED has also said a few things about the Hydrogen One, which have all pretty confused.

  • Pushbullet has received a major update that includes bundled notifications, quick answers, and a few other things. [Android Police]
  • Facebook is testing a dazzling white surface in its Android app. I'm sure that will be fine when it's published. [XDA Developers]
  • Spotify is testing an option that lets users disable the dumbest feature: Canvas Videos. Well. [9to5Google]
  • Microsoft's My Phone feature in Windows 10 gets a screen mirroring. [The Verge]
  • The Xiami Redmi Note 7 received its first MIUI update, which offers a low-light camera mode. [XDA Developers]
  • The NVIDIA SHIELD has a small update that provides support for the Xbox Elite Controller and other features. [9to5Google]
  • You know the little dinosaur you see in Chrome when it's offline? Well, you can buy a real one now. I need it. [Dead Zebra]
  • RED pulled out the add-on modules for the Hydrogen One and then said something confusing. [Android Police]
  • The Xiaomi Mi 8 was officially supported by LineageOS. [XDA Developers]
  • T-Mobile's OnePlus 6T received RCS news. That's how it starts. [9to5Google]
  • Firefox Fenix ​​was first released. It looks neat. [Techdows]
  • Root Stuff: The 2015 Amazon Fire TV has been re-rooted. Go modder, go. [XDA Developers]
  • Root Stuff: GravityBox can be installed on Android Pie devices running the Xposed framework. [XDA Developers]
  • Some details about the upcoming Motorola Razr flip phone have leaked out. Curiously, it is said that a Snapdragon 710 processor is used. Strange. [XDA Developers]

That's a lot of stuff, but that's the way Google does it. Something has happened always .



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