Google delivered the final version of Android 9 in early August. It was officially named Android Pie. The group will now move towards the following version of the OS: Android Q.
On August 6, Google delivered the 2018 opus of its mobile OS. It was officially named Android 9 Pie. On the program: modernized ergonomics, a more fluid multitasking mode, or even suggestions for actions according to the user’s habits (launching Google Maps when traveling, a playlist after work, etc.). An adaptive battery system that conserves power for the apps you run the most often is also emerging. Finally, Android Pie introduces the possibility of simultaneously managing several cameras with a view to making, for example, 3D photos or videos (see the exhaustive list of new features of Android Pie on the Google blog). The American group has started pushing Android Pie in the form of an update via the internet on its in-house smartphones. As for the other manufacturers of Android devices (Samsung, Sony, Huawei, HTC, LG…), they will distribute it according to their own roadmap.
For the future, Google should launch the next major version of its mobile operating system in 2019. Logically, it will be Android 10, aka Android Q.
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What is the Android Q release date?
If Google remains true to the roadmap of previous editions of its mobile OS, it should officially present Android Q in beta at its next annual Google I / O conference to be held in May in the United States. As for the final version of Android Q, following the same logic, it could be delivered at the end of August 2019. During the development phase of Android Pie, Google had published a roadmap that it then scrupulously followed. followed. It could outline the trajectory of the launch of Android Q:
- March: preview 1 (alpha),
- May: preview 2 (developer beta 1) presented during Google I / O,
- June: preview 3 (developer beta 2, with final APIs and official SDK),
- June: preview 4 (public beta 3),
- July: preview 5 (final release candidate),
- Third trimester: final version.
Android Q: what name?
After Android M (Marshmallow), Android N (Nougat), Android O (Oreo) and Android P (Pie), Google should in all likelihood continue with Android 10 to follow the order of the letters of the alphabet. Android Q will therefore probably be the code name assigned to the 2019 version of the OS. But like every year, the group should wait until the last minute before unveiling its official name.
Google used to choose the name of a candy to baptize the different editions of Android. With Android Q, it should be no exception. On the web, the forecasts are going well. The British dessert Queen of Puddings is often mentioned, but also the Iranian pastry Qottab or the Brazilian cream cake Quindim… Qurabiya, Quesito and Quirks are also mentioned. The only problem: not all of these desserts or sweets are of American origin. They therefore do not fit well with Google’s marketing policy, historically centered on the United States. The observation is there: difficult to find an adequate term starting with Q. So could Google fall back on another type of food for its new opus? Some are tempted to think so. This is the case of our colleagues from The Verge who evoke the track of Quinoa or even Quiche.
What’s new in Android Q?
One of the very first potential new features of Android Q has been brought to light by XDADevelopers. Within the documentation of the open source Android project, the website spotted the mention of a feature to help dial international phone numbers (with automatic detection of country prefixes). A function whose integration seems well and truly planned for the Q version of Android. Already present on Google’s Pixel and Nexus smartphones, this possibility could thus become a standard element of the OS. Also according to XDADevelopers, Android’s web interfaces could in the future be based solely on Vulkan technology for graphics acceleration (HWUI), and therefore require the latter’s API to function.
Android Q: Which smartphones will be compatible?
We do not yet know the list of terminals that will be compatible with Android Q. For now, at least two devices would obviously be used by Google to test Android Q: the Pixel 2 XL as well as a certain Elfin, a device signed Broadcom . At the same time, we know that the Mountain View group is working on two new Pixel models for 2018: the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. According to the Bloomberg agency, they are expected to be unveiled at an event in New York on October 9. Logically, they should be eligible for Android Q.
Android Q, successor to Pie, makes its appearance
While Pie continues to be deployed on Android devices, the first images of Android Q – its successor – can already be observed online.
XDA Developers managed to get their hands on a preliminary build of Android Q and install it on a Google Pixel 3 XL smartphone.
Android Q: a dark mode for the whole interface
One of the biggest features currently available on Android Q is the ability to apply dark mode to the entire interface.
According to XDA, even apps without native dark mode can get their hands on some new developer-only options.
A welcome addition, considering that using dark colors in an interface not only reduces eye strain but also saves phone battery. Especially if it has an OLED screen.
More control over permissions granted to applications
Another new feature of Android Q: more granularity in the control of permissions that can be granted to applications.
The dedicated page, in the device settings, has been profoundly modified and now shows all the permissions granted to installed applications. It will therefore be possible to modify these by cutting off, for example, Facebook’s access to its Contacts or the access of a mobile game to its call log. There is no guarantee, however, that applications that are removed from permissions will continue to function normally..
Finally, one of XDA’s most exciting finds refers to an “experimental desktop mode” via a second screen. A feature that is currently non-functional, but which could allow you to use your smartphone like a real computer; exactly like what Samsung offers with DeX.
Either way, we shouldn’t be hearing officially about Android Q for months to come. As a reminder, Android “Pie” 9.0 was only deployed on August 6 and many smartphones are still running on its predecessor Oreo.
Android Pie: how to activate dark mode
Dark mode is finally available in Android Pie, and users can already activate it manually, or leave it in automatic mode – it will then activate as soon as the wallpaper is dark. In this quick tutorial, we show you how to access the menu to activate the dark theme.
Android users had to wait a long time for dark mode, but it is finally the case with Android Pie. This feature, far from being a simple “smart reverse mode” like on iPhones, is a complete redesign of certain parts of the interface to make the user experience smoother, especially when using your smartphone in harsh conditions. low light. On smartphones with an OLED display, dark mode is also a way to save your battery a bit. Google had previously accidentally briefly activated a dark mode in Android Oreo – which activated automatically based on the wallpaper.
HOW TO ACTIVATE DARK MODE IN ANDROID PIE
To activate dark mode on an Android Pie smartphone:
- Go to Settings> Display> Advanced> Device theme
- Choose Automatic if you want this mode to activate when the wallpaper is dark or Sombre to activate the mode immediately
- To deactivate the dark mode, just go back to the same menu and check the box. Clair
Of course, these instructions are generic instructions. Depending on your manufacturer’s Android Pie overlay, the path may be slightly different than on a Pixel smartphone. It may also be that the result is not exactly the same as the dark mode of a Samsung smartphone under Samsung Experience 10 for example.
In addition, this theme essentially changes the way some parts of the system are displayed: mainly the app drawer and Quick settings. The activation of this dark mode at the system level does not change the theme of all the applications, which individually can also have their dark mode like for example Google Maps.
Have you turned on Dark Mode on your Android Pie compatible smartphone? What do you think ? Share your opinion in the comments.
Use dark mode in these 14 Android apps
Using your android phoneDedicated dark mode, whether system-wide or in specific apps, is more than just a preference for your phone’s interface appearance. According to Google, using dark mode as much as possible saves battery life and reduces eye strain when using your phone in dark environment.
Even Facebook incorporates dark mode with its recent announcement that its main app is testing a dark mode with a limited number of Facebook users. In addition to the instructions on how to turn on dark mode in the Facebook app, below are the apps that I have found that either support Android’s dark theme or have their own dark mode setting. with where you can find it.
Use the dark Android system-wide theme
Activate Android dark theme (also known as dark mode) by opening the Settings app, selecting Display, and enabling the Dark Theme option. You can also swipe down from the top of the screen and find a theme / night mode in the quick settings panel. Google officially rolled out support for a system-wide dark mode or theme with the release of Android 10 in 2019.
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The process for activating Android 10’s dark theme varies depending on your phone manufacturer, so if the steps here don’t work for you, use the search feature in the Settings app. When the dark theme is enabled, all apps that have been updated with support for Android’s dark settings, as well as Google’s own apps, will automatically switch to their respective dark themes.
Based on Google’s own numbers, there’s a good chance you won’t have a device running Android 10. With that in mind, below you’ll find apps that support Android 10’s dark theme. , have a dark theme of their own, or both.