Tuesday, 21 May, 2019


Android Q leak: What awaits us this year

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Under the Developer options, the XDA team found a "force desktop mode" options with the description: force experimental desktop mode on secondary displays.

ANDROID Q has suffered its first major leak, confirming its incoming Dark Mode and privacy-focused features. Once enabled, the Settings, Launcher, Launcher settings, and Files app all gain a dark gray tinge.

In addition to the new dark mode, XDA discovered some major changes to the Android permissions model in Q. As well as providing a much more pleasant visualization of permissions requests - nearly reminiscent of Digital Wellbeing - the way permissions work themselves has been changed.

What's more, users will be able to either set the dark mode to automatically activate and deactivate based on the time of day (similar to how "Nigh light" now works), or opt to leave the dark mode enabled indefinitely. Now it looks like Google's adding a Dark Mode that'll affect the entirety of Android - anywhere they're able to dig in with their developer claws. To that point, despite the fact that Android 9.0 Pie has yet to even appear on the Android distribution dashboard (which tracks how many Android users are on any given version of the software), an early build of 2019's Android Q has leaked, giving us a sneak peek at some of the upcoming features. In this leaked build, XDA has discovered Google will revamp the entire permissions panel within the Settings app to allow actions such as restricting certain permissions while apps are open, viewing active permissions, and quick actions to take on apps you might want to uninstall or force stop.

There were some other minor discoveries as well, such as some new accessibility options, new SmartLock features, and new toggles in Developer Options. Basically, this will force some apps to show a dark theme even if they don't have it built-in.

There are also traces of a new "desktop mode".

If Google sticks to its past schedule, the first Android Q developer preview should land towards the middle of March.

As you will see in the screenshot, there is a new setting called "allow only while the app is in use".

Dark modes have become increasingly appealing to users as they can make it easier to use a device when in dark environments, and in some cases can extend the daily battery life of a device.

It is now unknown as to which features will Google make available to the public with the Android Q final build and which all will be dropped. The most interesting of which was what seems like a desktop mode which might work in a very similar way to how Samsung DeX works. But let's dive into what we do know.

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