Android Q: exclusive hands-on with the new features

Here's the full list of what Google is specifically highlighting at I/O 2019. A new API will let apps know when dark theme is enabled, and devs have the option to invert colors in their own apps. This is meant to be used when you want to focus on getting things done without being constantly distracted by notifications.

Moving to security and privacy, Google noted that Android "has the most widely deployed security and anti-malware service of any OS".

As for Digital Wellbeing, Google says that 90% of Android device owners who use the app follow through on their app timer goals.

You can also answer calls without having to exit the navigation, just by clicking on the Incoming Call pop up. Google I/O attendants will be able to try it out earlier, though. Users will likely adore the new "dark mode" that blends in better with most cars. Given that I/O is Google's big annual pitch for developers, it makes sense that the company is trying to make it easier to develop Android apps on Chrome OS - and hopefully those developers will take bigger screens into account as they do it. You don't need to be connected to the internet, or even to a network, in order to see these new captions on a video in real time. With the music open, you'll see your next turn information.

These are just a few of the new features coming to Android Q. You can read Google's blog post which explains all the exciting features the new version of Android is bringing.

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To use it, users can switch to gestures in Settings System Gestures. As a result, Back, Home, and Recents navigation will occur entirely through edge swipes rather than visible buttons. Swiping from the screen's left or right edge triggers the Back action.

For tired Android phone users who've gotten used to grand delays between feature announcement and said feature actually becoming reality on their own devices, this change represents at least a small win. You'll first select apps that you find distracting and then they'll be disabled once you activate Focus Mode - until you deactivate it, of course. Android Q offers improved support for passive authentication methods like facial recognition by adding both implicit and explicit confirmations.

Android Q beta 3 is rolling out now, and is available on 21 devices from 12 different manufacturers.

Google has confirmed that the back button is going away with Android Q. You'll now have to use a swipe gesture from either side of the screen to go back within an app.

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