Do you know that more than three quarters of the world population owns a smartphone powered by Android? Today, Android is one of the world’s popular mobile operating system in the mobile world.
Any phone that runs on Android is extremely user-friendly. Thanks to the amazing interface and remarkable features the phone has to offer. It has significantly earned its dominance in the mobility world. It has become the undefeated champion among operating systems of the mobile world.
Recently, Android has sent a beta version of its new Android OS known as the Android Q. It is the tenth major release and the 17th version of the mobile operating system. Right now, the Android Q beta is supported on Google Pixel phones only. However, its final version is dated to roll out in August.
While, the beta version of the Android Q has a whole lot to offer its customers, we still believe there are still many imperfections. If certain improvements are likely to take place, it can make the experience for the Android lovers a whole lot better.
Here are 5 areas in which people would love to see improvements in the upcoming Android Q.
1. Bring Back the Multitasking Button
In our opinion, an android is definitely incomplete without a multitasking button. It is what’s been missing from the new Android Q operating system. Android has removed the button and hence, users are now unable to access recent apps option. Previously, long holding or simply tapping the multitasking button would offer users a quick access to all the relevant apps and split screen action. Now, without the button, users are unable to perform both of these functions which is a big no-no.
The button however is replaced with an upper swipe gesture which was previously used to open the app drawer. And, the already existing option for the app drawer is a much longer upper swipe to open.
Other than that, the Android Q also have a tricky swiping gesture for the bottom five app icons. You can’t easily shift in between apps any longer with just a single swipe. Instead, you now have to swipe right and hold the swipe for a while until it allows you to swipe through the open apps. Therefore, our desire is to see these gestures improved or reverted back to the original function in the coming days.
2. Delayed Sharing Option Fixes
Hands down, the sharing system in Android is not up to the mark. It takes some time to load and sends random suggestions to the audience. It’s AI isn’t smart enough to identify which contacts you would like to share your content with and instead just randomly gains access for all contacts.
As a result, audiences are greatly left out in the blue. They are confused what information is being shared and what is being held back. Apparently, there should be an organized way of file sharing where Android prioritizes people and places. And, this is happening in the beta version of Android Q.
Most app development firms suggests Android Beam to interconnect and transfer.
Also, it would be amazing to see a quick and easy way to share files with other devices in the area. Here Android Beam has successfully allowed devices to interconnect and transfer. However, there are a few limitations when individuals are using the new Android Beam. They need to make sure that their devices are coming from the same company. For example, an LG phone can connect with an LG TV.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if this feature works across all Android devices powered with Android Q?
Just imagine if you can stream from any Android phone and have a remarkable experience on any brand of smart TV of your choice! You will never have to rely on Chromecast ever again.
3. Offer a System-Wide Dark Theme
If you’re done seeing too much white in the backgrounds in Android 9.0 Pie, I am sure you are hungry for some dark view in your Android now. Currently, you can switch from the light theme to the dark theme by simply navigating to Settings > Display and turn on Dark in Device theme. However, this feature only changes the notification shade to gray in the app drawer which is definitely not enough.
But with the Android Q, say hello to a system-wide dark screen option. The beta version of the Android Q allows you to schedule your dark theme to turn on once the sun goes down. And, it can easily revert back to its light theme once the sun comes up! Isn’t that interesting? Samsung and Huawei is already offering the dark theme as part of their upcoming smartphones. But, we would very much like to see Android Q dedicate itself to a more prominent system-wide dark theme unbiased.
4. Build Better Backup System for the OS
Backups can be real troublesome when you are dealing with Android phones. In my experience, the backup system built into Android can leave behind a lot of potential stuff that one desires to secure. Although, it has come a long way by improving its backup system through leaps and bounds; it still has more potential to be improved in the coming days. We are expecting changes in the Android Q.
App data which includes configuration such as your login information can easily be lost. With Google, you can go to the Settings > Google > Backup and turn Back up to Google Drive on. While, this option can help you assemble all information, it still greatly depends on how effectively the Android developers have enabled this option in the OS. Seems like for backup, you are still highly dependent on Google.
You can also clear your Google History automatically, to learn how to do it.
Whereas, users are more inclined to see an encrypted backup feature in the cloud. With the new Android Q, they want something which is similar to the backup and restore option in Apple devices. Backups created in Apple can be easily fetched or called upon by users without risking any data loss. And that’s something which Android users are dearly opting-in to see on their devices in the future.
5. Smart Access for Apps with Permission
In Android, you can either grant an app complete access or block it completely. There is no in-between. What if somebody wants to give a certain app temporary access or only provide it access when the app is running in the background? Android Q can surely make the best use of such feature. Imagine you will soon be able to set the permissions for the app on your own accords. You can access the app storage, camera, microphone and more. It will offer improved privacy/increase battery life.
We have seen considerably seen a number of these features in the Android Q beta! But, we can’t be totally sure whether they are going to retain it or not. Hence, we hope that these features stay in. Other features that are expected to become a part of the Android Q final version includes screen recording, desktop mode, and much better notification options. Let’s all stay tuned with the Google I/O to learn what’s going to happen in the coming days?
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