Android Q Has a Built-In Desktop Mode

Sheri Evans
March 16, 2019

This means support for multi-resume and the ability to notify an app when it has the user's focus, and help for developers to manage how their app is displayed on a foldable screen. Google says it's making the features an open format and that it's working with Android manufacturers to make the technology accessible across devices running Android Q and later.

Given that numerous services offered by the search giant rely on machine learning and the device performs some of these AI tasks, it would be an interesting decision for Google to include the Snapdragon 625 processor into its mid-range smartphones, which lacks the improved AI performance of some of the newer chipsets.

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Google's shown off its schedule for beta releases and the final version in a handy timeline. Android Q has a new feature that lets you create a QR code for your Wi-Fi network, or scan a QR code to join a Wi-Fi network, directly in the device's Wi-Fi settings. Of course, there are actually two "lite" versions of the search giant's latest stock Android phones in the pipeline, the larger of which was benchmarked several times a couple of months ago with slightly different specifications.

Google hasn't said exactly when Android Q is going to get pushed out to the world at large, but it has said it's going to be sometime in the third quarter of 2019 - so either July, August or September.

Like other versions of Android, Android 10 will aim to improve performance and startup times across a variety of apps by improving the Android Runtime. Google's current Pixel 3 XL has a dual-lens selfie cam setup, so the sketch certainly makes sense, though there were some things about it that made us skeptical.

In the same leaked beta from February, there was apparently a system-wide dark mode, which would activate the darker colors in all apps, and recolor apps that didn't have a dark theme built in. With Android Q, you will gain the option of letting an app access your location information only while you're actively using the app. Considering HMD's close relationship with Google, it's very likely that Nokia smartphones will be a part of the beta program. You can then enroll in the Android Q beta here, and download the beta onto your phone or use a system image to update it. Don't do this out of casual interest, especially since future betas figure to be more stable.

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