Android Version Updates, These 6 New Features You Should Know

After a few days of “smoke bombs” bombing, Google finally released the first Beta version of Android Q. What new changes did Android Q bring to us compared to the current official version of Android 9 Pie?

▍5 Beta versions As in previous years,

Google will open more than half a year of Beta testing programs for Android Q.

In terms of the timeline given at the moment, the official version of Android Q will be released as usual in the third quarter of this year, after which Google will push 6 Beta versions to collect test feedback, the first to be released today.

The next second version is expected to be pushed incrementally at the beginning of next month in an incremental update, combined with the earlier exposure of the Google I/O 2019 meeting Schedule, and we should use a third Beta test version around May 7.

▍ First generation Pixel sword not old

If there is anyone in the early hours of this morning who is more excited than waiting for two all-night @Clyde, it is mostly the old “grain powder” that holds the first generation of Pixel: Released in 2016, shipped Android 7.1, as Google’s own brand smartphone business pioneer first generation Pixel and Pixel XL, this time also ranked in the Android Q Beta version of the compatible model list.

The first generation of Pixel and Pixel XL now looks like perhaps the oldest and most well-paid model in Google’s own model, which not only enjoys unlimited original picture-quality Google Photos cloud storage space, and is adapted by Google himself Proje CT Treble and upgraded all the way to Android 9, Google will now also break the previously announced home model update maintenance cycle commitment, so that the first-generation model also has the opportunity of World War I Android Q.

By contrast, OEMS who have previously been rumoured to be joining the Android Q Beta test are having little movement at the moment. If you’re holding any generation of products in the Pixel model, you might want to sign up to the Android Beta project page and be able to upgrade to Android Q without a pain via OTA after you sign up, and if you’re not going to wait for the OTA push or are not currently using the latest Android 9 official version, You can also go to the Beta test version of the official full mirror get page download brush in.

▍ Will not have root support in the short term Shortly after the release of Beta 1, the Magisk developer @topjohnwu began validating the changes to the Android Q system and the feasibility of root operations. The verification results are quite regrettable-the existing Magisk file Mount method is no longer working properly on Android Q due to a change in the logical partition of the Android Q system partition. In other words, Magisk root is not able to swipe into work on Android Q Beta 1.

If you have a special need for root permissions, it is recommended to wait and see the machine first.

▍ Core focus is on permissions and privacy After chatting about the background and considerations, it’s time to take a look at the update of Android Q. Among the many fresh features, a more granular rights management mechanism and a more transparent privacy protection strategy are worth mentioning first.

The improvement of the rights management mechanism is manifested in the refinement of the location permissions. Android Q Beta 1 has added the “Use only allowed” dimension to the previous traditional “Allow/deny” authorization, which effectively avoids the abnormal power consumption caused by the application of location information frequently in the background.

Changes in privacy settings are mainly due to the relevant settings level of combing and optimization, complete application rights Management, lock screen passwords and notifications, location history, automatic filling services and other functions are now located in the Privacy settings project.

In addition, in the new privacy settings, we can manually switch personalized ad recommendations and usage data sharing.

The new location Rights management and privacy settings are located in the level one menu set by the system, as evidenced by Google’s emphasis on them.
▍ More dark, share faster

With the Material design specification updated, everything from the Android operating system to Google’s own apps has changed to a better, but less conducive, white theme background for night use.

This also gives users a growing demand for dark color patterns. Although Google did not directly provide a global dark theme switch directly in Android Q Beta 1, if you have tuned the device theme to dark in the developer option before the OTA update, the OTA When you’re done entering the system, you’ll still be able to see the global dark color theme pattern that is better than the earlier version in coverage and completion.

If you don’t have to turn on the settings before the OTA, don’t worry, you can manually select the state of the dark mode with a simple ADB directive (method from XDA):

On: ADB shell settings put secure Ui_night_mode 2

OFF: adb shell settings put secure Ui_night_mode 1

Automatic: ADB shell settings put secure Ui_night_mode 0 Perform the corresponding code in the terminal or command-line tool and restart the device to see the effect, Android Q Beta 1 also provides an emphasis on color, fonts, and app icons in the developer options three selectable effects, although the choice is limited and the effect is very general, but native support theme customization is always a good start.

In addition, the sharing menu is the focus of previous versions being spat on by many Android users.

Google has promised to improve it after the release of the official version of Android 9, and these improvements are already beginning to be achieved in this update. The Android Q Beta 1 sharing menu doesn’t have much of a visible change in style, and when you click Share, sharing content principals (text, URL links, and so on) appears directly at the top of the pop-up sharing menu.

Below is still the sharing portal provided by each app, but Google has introduced a new mechanism called Sharing Shortcuts, which is like an app shortcut (App Shortcuts) tailored to the sharing menu, compared to previous loading mechanisms

Sharing Shortcuts can load early as you apply shortcuts, dramatically improving the responsiveness of shared menus.

▍ More detail optimization, it’s actually more like 9.1 Judging by the pace of the annual update, Google seems to have abandoned the early version of the update, directly into the year to brush the update rhythm of the large version number.

But even so, the release of Android Q Beta 1 feels more like Android 9.1 than Android 10 in some detail.

Specifically, there are these small changes to Android Q Beta 1:
System version of egg still for Android Pie Every Android version is updated, looking for eggs is one of the essential links. But this time Android Q Beta 1 ‘s system version number egg is exactly the same as Android 9, and friends who want to find some surprises in this area may be disappointed.

The app starts and runs more smoothly With a cloud-based precompiled configuration file and further optimization of the ART Runtime environment (primarily the optimization of the Zygote process), Android Q has improved both in app startup speed and app running smoothness.

Folding Screen Support From Samsung, Huawei to Xiaomi, OPPO, the major OEMS are in the folding screen equipment This new form of exploration, Google naturally also previously Samsung Galaxy Fold debut when the folding screen related optimization brought into the Android Q,

This enables a better multitasking experience on a folding screen device.
Wi-Fi settings and sharing more user-friendly Finally, native Android in the Wi-Fi settings this link to keep up with the pace of custom ROM, in Android Q Beta 1, we can not only scan the QR code to connect Wi-Fi, but also in the Wi-Fi details page One click to generate QR code to share the current connection to other devices.

In addition, the new Settings Panel API allows us to quickly call network connection settings, such as Wi-Fi, directly within third-party apps, eliminating the hassle of repeatedly jumping.

Notice can no longer be left to draw apart from Android Q Beta 1 also makes a small change to the notification interaction compared to Android 9, specifically, we can only clear notifications by right-clicking in Android Q, while left slip can only exhale notification delays and quick notification settings.

The quick setup tips for this foreign minister following a notification are also more intuitive, and now we can more explicitly block or mute a notification.
Text selection Add Vibration feedback

Since the second generation of Pixel, Google has never overlooked the vibration motor tuning of the Pixel model, which makes Pixel a particularly good model for some of the rare vibration feedback in the Android camp. Google has previously tried to introduce a proportionate vibration feedback effect for the drop-down notification bar, switching multitasking, and so on in Android 9, and in this updated Android Q Beta 1, this hardware and software linkage is further extended to the text selection: After the long press selects a piece of text,

We move the cursor through each byte will have a comfortable vibration feedback, the feel experience is very subtle.
File Manager ushered in Material Design 2 Update Android’s own file manager, though not much of a feature, will always get some minor upgrades in each of the big version updates. In today’s release of the update, File Manager changed into a brand new Material design 2 style, but also introduced a quick classification filter label, the third-party app call file Manager to find photos can finally be a bit handy.

Main screen and wallpaper are also subject to change Because the icon shape is migrated to the developer option, the Android Q Beta 1 Pixel Launcher naturally has no corresponding setup features, but when we remove an icon from the desktop, Pixel Launcher will now pop up an action that can undo the deletion. Toast notification.

At the same time, the built-in Wallpaper Picker wallpaper display is also more beautiful:

Lock screen background changes to blur when playing music In Android 9, when we play music, the lock screen will set the album cover of the current track as a wallpaper by default, and when you encounter a specific album cover, the visibility of the lock screen information will be affected to a small degree. So in Android Q Beta 1, this default music playback lock screen now has blur processing.