Android Q Beta 3: New features in Google I/O 2019 build!

by birtanpublished on October 2, 2020

as Google i/o wraps up it's time to get to know the latest beta version of Android cue the third beta is officially now Android version 10 and with the official version number we're getting a better feel for how cue will look when it's released in August so first of all the dark theme that you had to go digging for on the settings in earlier betas now lives behind its own item in the quick settings menu the look of androids baked in night mode hasn't changed all that much from past versions of queue and remember apps will still need to be updated to take advantage of

The new night mode toggle right now only a few of Google's own apps even support it but when apps are updated they'll look something like this nevertheless this is good news all round for fans of that darker aesthetic which of course comes with the bonus of battery power saving on OLED screens next there are yet more changes to androids gesture navigation system in queue beta 3 you can continue to use the neutered version of the swipey pixel pill navigation bar from beta 2 or the classic 3 button setup that's still used by many non pixel phones today but the

New option is what's really making headlines because it's pretty much just a straight-up clone of the iPhones virtual home button it's all based around this swipeable bar down below swipe up to go home swipe and hold a few recent apps and then you can scroll through them as before or swipe left and right along the bar itself to quickly change apps the back button is gone and so you now swipe inward from the left or right bezel to go back just like on some Huawei phones which is absolutely infuriating in the many apps that still use slider menus

The so-called hamburger menus and that's a lot of apps including basic stuff like the Google Play Store here the whole set up feels clunky and obviously there's still some work to be done to make this feel as natural as some of the other gesture navigation methods I'm not a huge fan of it but hate three months to go is still plenty of time for things to change back speech is not something we can really show you specifically but arguably this is the most important change in Android cue in terms of security project main line changes the way androids internals work to allow

Security patches to be pushed from phones directly from Google without the device manufacturer getting involved it's an extension of project rebel which was introduced a couple of versions ago to speed up firmware updates and obviously this is a huge important step in tackling one of androids big Inbal weaknesses compared to a o by making Android more modular Google can patch vulnerabilities more quickly after they emerge and keep everyone's devices both safe next smart reply will be coming to all messaging apps in Android queue this has

Been coming for a while but now Google's predictive responses should be available regardless of which chat app you're using thanks to on device machine learning magic this is another thing that isn't actually live yet in the current bills but when it does it'll look something like what we've already seen something else not quite live yet is the focus mode a big new feature in Google's digital well-being suite focus mode lets you mark apps that are likely to distract you so you can still use your phone just with fewer interruptions basically it's a way to filter out some

Of the noise and focus on what actually matters to you and in a related change Google's mixing up notification management a little bit here with this new UI to quickly and easily change how disruptive certain kinds of notifications can be that's all done using the notification channel system that's been with us since Android Oreo finally Android key we'll take advantage of Google's machine learning chops once again to bring instant live captions to any and all video content on the device this is done locally on the fly using technology similar to what YouTube

Already has to automatically generate live captions from its videos it's a pretty big deal in terms of convenience but also hugely important to make Android more accessible to everyone and just as important as all these new features is the expansion of the androids basic program itself new companies like huawei asus and LG are joining the queue beta program which is great and hopefully signals faster updates for many of their devices just be aware that beta builds for non pixel phones are likely to be buggier and less feature complete than what you'll see on

A Google device and finally it's time to pour out for the couple of features that have been killed off in beta 3 the scope storage feature from earlier versions of Q that was supposed to limit the access that apps have to your local storage has been postponed for a future version of Android or web developers voice concerns online this would break important functionality in apps so the cans been kicked down the road and r.i.p Android Beam for reasons that are still unclear right now the ability to share photos will URLs of NFC by tapping your phone to a friend's

Device will be removed in the new version it's not clear why but TechRadar has confirmed that google i/o that beam is being killed off in cue yeah another feature for the Google graveyard so that's it for now in terms of new stuff in queue this may stick with us in the months ahead for the final stretch of beta builds thanks for watching and I'll see you next time you

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