Android Q: all the news of the next Google operating system for smartphones

The manufacturers of mobiles and telephone antennas are preparing for the arrival of 5G networks that will revolutionize communication between devices; they must also modify their operating systems. Without going any further, Google (creator of Android) will introduce news that affect both 5G and folding phones.

Each time that Google prepares a new version of the Android operating system (which launched in 2008) it assigns a letter of the alphabet to it in a consecutive way while it is in beta version, and when it is the definitive one, it has been assigned the name of a sweet that begins with that letter. The version of Android that is in most of the current phones is Pie, «pastel» in English (Android 9) and in some it is Oreo (Android 8), and the next one -which will be the tenth- is known, for now, as Android Q.

Google has highlighted that this new Android will have three main aspects: security and privacy, innovation and digital well-being. The innovation consists precisely in that it will be able to operate with 5G networks.

The greatest privacy implies that there will be more control over the data that is shared with apps about the location of the phone; now an application is allowed or not to access the information at all times, but Q will give the option that the program knows the location of the device only when it is in the foreground. This, apart from protecting the data on where the user is, will save the battery. In addition, with Android 10 each application will have its own storage space with data that will not be accessible to other applications.

Google is trying to improve security in the control of information about its users; from the launch of Android Q all compatible devices should Encrypt sensitive user data, Without exceptions. In addition, every improvement that is made regarding privacy and security will be added immediately, without having to restart the phone.

With Android Pie arrived the mode 'Digital Wellbeing', a function that can be found in Settings and that serves to control the time of use of the phone every day. Q will bring with it 'Family Link', which adds functions to Bienestar Digital.

In addition to these three key lines, Android Q will include some contributions to facilitate the lives of users. For example, 'Live Caption'is one of those that uses deep learning (automatic learning) and its objective is to transcribe everything that is heard over the phone, whether videos, podcasts, recordings or sound messages in any application and without the need of an Internet connection. It will be an especially useful function for people with hearing problems. Sundar Pichai, executive director of Google, stressed that it will also serve to watch videos without volume and, therefore, without disturbing those around.

'Smart Reply'is a function that Google already had available in Gmail for two years (also in SMS in the application' Messages' of Android): these are quick intelligent responses and suggested actions that respond to the context of the message received and are sent to the touch the screen Android Q will use the Smart Replay deep learning to have this option of quick answers in other messaging applications and it will also be integrated in Google Maps to insert an address.

The function 'Bubbles'(Bubbles in Spanish) is designed for multitasking, to be able to carry out actions within an application without having to open it. When we are using an app, other notices will appear in a circle and we will be able to operate them without opening them. This function raises some doubts since to be pending of several actions can make difficult the concentration in what we are doing. Anyway, Google has already reported that these bubbles can be blocked.

In addition to these functions, Q will offer a new gesture-based navigation; a Dark Mode; the use of Bluetooth headphones and the possibility of share the password of the Wi-Fi network from home using a QR code (that guests can scan).

Thinking of digital devices, Android Q will incorporate the function 'Foldables: screen continuity'that will allow you to use an application, close the phone, reopen it and continue using it as before folding it.

The first beta version of Android Q is now available on Google Pixel's own phones, Pixel 2XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2XL, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL, in June it will reach the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. It can also be tested on the Asus ZenFone 5Z, Essential Phone, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, LG G8, Nokia 8.1, OnePlus 6T, OPPO Reno, realme 3 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ3, TECNO SPARK 3 Pro, Vivo 27, Vivo NEX S , Live NEX A, Xiaomi Mi 9, Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G.

However, this beta version will be aimed at developers rather than at users. In fact, you have to sign up for the beta version program to access the software. More advanced versions of the betas will be released in the coming months, and it is likely that some of these characteristics do not reach the final version of Android Q.

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