Awesome Android Q Hidden Features

Isaac Cain
March 15, 2019

For the time being, you'll need a Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel or Pixel XL to get the beta. Google also says it plans to integrate support for folding displays in the Android Emulator for developers soon.

Similar to iOS, now Android users have the ability to prevent apps from using the location while running in the background.

Huawei and Samsung have both announced devices that can physically fold in half with Mate X and Galaxy Fold launching later this year.

Google will be releasing six beta editions of Android Q. The first one will come in March and the second one will be arriving in April.

If you own a Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel and Pixel 3 XL you can access this update now. You can even use the data to create 3D images or support AR photography use-cases in the future.

In the same leaked beta from February, there was apparently a system-wide dark mode, which would activate the darker colors in all apps, and recolor apps that didn't have a dark theme built in. Support for WPA3 and Enhanced Open are also coming to Android Q to improve wireless data security.

In Android Q, the permissions have expanded.

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Android Q brings new features to your smartphone, the most expected one being probably the dark mode but it's not the only new feature this version has in store.

Google is expanding support for passive authentication methods such as face in Android Q, but there's no 3D face recognition support mentioned. Of course, there are actually two "lite" versions of the search giant's latest stock Android phones in the pipeline, the larger of which was benchmarked several times a couple of months ago with slightly different specifications.

As noticed by Michael Young on Twitter, Android Q has a new option that allows users to force desktop mode.

Freeform windows will be pretty useful in the desktop mode, so if you wanna enable the same - you just need to look for the "Enable freeform windows" option under the "Apps" section in the developer options menu.

The major barrier to testing the new version of Android is having the right phone in the first place. The beta build can be installed on the Pixel devices by enrolling in the Android Beta Program first. You'll also be able to control what download files an app can access.

The beta is aimed at developers rather than normal users, but that doesn't mean you can't install it and have a poke around anyway.

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