Improved privacy settings, support for flexible screens and new shortcuts.
Google has released the first beta version of the Android Q operating system for developers . It is available for all Pixel smartphones, starting from the first generation. OS launch date for Google users has not yet announced. The company introduced updated privacy features, improved support for smartphones with flexible screens, a new interface for connecting to other devices, media codecs and camera capabilities.
Android Q allows you to restrict application access to device information. A new feature in the privacy settings allows device owners to provide access to a location only while using a specific application. Access restrictions are added to photos, videos, audio, and any files downloaded to a smartphone.
Google has improved OS support for smartphones with flexible screens. In the background, applications are resumed and suspended faster, and in split-screen mode, optimization of the size of the application is improved.
Another new feature of Android Q is the ability to enable or disable Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC or flight mode without having to enter the settings. Users will be able to call a quick panel without leaving the application interface, and manage system settings as needed.
Using the updated function Sharing Shortcuts, users will have the opportunity to quickly share content – you can call the tab from any application. Developers will also be able to integrate this feature into their applications.
Android Q has new features for photos and videos. Third-party applications will access the depth maps, which are built during shooting in portrait mode, to more accurately process photos and offer new options for blur and bokeh. The company also announced that the OS will receive support for the next-generation AV1 video codec, which offers improved streaming quality.