As Android P turns heads just like its predecessors, Google has reportedly started working on P’s successor – Android Q. Google also seems to be hyping things up by unveiling a few features that Android enthusiasts can expect in the upcoming Android version.
The features will bring about exciting opportunities for Android app developers while the users will most likely have a much more streamlined, feature-rich Android OS powering their devices.
Here are a few features that Android Q will come with.
Foldable display support
Something that made big news this year is the advent of foldable mobile devices. Samsung recently announced their new foldable device named the Galaxy F or Galaxy X. With foldable devices about to be made available commercially worldwide, it’s no surprise that Google made Android Q support Android devices with foldable displays.
Optimized battery consumption
Google went a step ahead by updating their battery feature in Q so that the turned-off screen automatically activates battery-saver mode. This way Android users get to enjoy services at lower battery consumption.
This new feature is basically an upgrade to the already existing ‘split screen’ and ‘Picture-in-Picture mode (PiP)’. Multi-resume allows users to use all the split app screens actively i.e. while the user operates one app, the other app won’t be inactive. Apps with split-screen enabled will all be active simultaneously independent of the user’s interactions. Multitasking will be much easier.
UI rendering with Vulkan API
Android Q will be reportedly using the Vulkan API – a popular cross-platform 3D graphics API to deliver an enhanced user experience. Vulkan was first implemented in Android Nougat. A more refined version was used for Android P. It’s safe to assume that Android Q will feature an even more enhanced version of the API, and it wouldn’t just be users who get all the benefits. Vulkan opens up new opportunities for app developers to build apps sporting the latest mobile graphics standards.
Earlier access for testing
At the Android Dev Summit 2018, Google announced that they will share the Android Q source code with users and app developers for testing before officially launching the new OS version. This way users and app developers can get more acquainted with Android Q which would be subsequently hasten the adoption of the OS. It’ll be made available on the GSI soon.
Protocols based on the Play Store policy updates
Back when Android 8 came out, Google updated the Play Store’s policy so as to promote development of Android 8-ready apps. Reportedly Android Q will be adhering to these policies as the OS is designed to warn users against apps that are made specifically for the older versions of the OS.
The feature will alert users that they are attempting to install an app based on an older Android version, and that they may not be able to use the full features of the app. This prevents users from installing outdated apps that could result in an unpleasant experience.
We will certainly be hearing more about Android Q in the coming days. The first preview of the new OS version will be released sometime in March 2019 followed by the Android Q Beta in May. The full release would most likely be in August.
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