If the standard cycle holds, it’s going to be a couple of months earlier than Google is able to share something about Android Q. However XDA Developers apparently managed to spend a while with a really early model of Android’s subsequent huge replace, and though it doesn’t provide the complete view, it does present a have a look at a few of what Google might need deliberate.
The largest visible change (for now) is a system-wide darkish mode. Android 9 Pie’s “theme” will be modified from gentle to darkish, nevertheless it solely actually applies to the notification shade and the app launcher. XDA’s screenshots recommend that Q will lengthen darkish mode to extra locations together with the settings menu, and it might need a setting to drive darkish mode even in apps that lack a built-in model of it.
Google can also be persevering with to bolster person privateness. After implementing stricter guidelines round issues like digicam / microphone entry and background apps in current Android releases, it seems to be like the corporate will add a brand new “permit solely whereas the app is in use” permission. Presently, Android Pie provides simply an on or off toggle for delicate permissions like location, so including extra flexibility is an efficient transfer since some apps gained’t work if a permission is disabled totally.
These are the key highlights, however XDA Builders additionally sees hints that Google is working by itself desktop / exterior show mode just like Samsung’s DeX. There’s additionally a developer setting for built-in display screen recording, however that’s not but absolutely working on this early construct of the OS.
Google unveiled a few of Android 9 Pie’s main new options again in Could of final yr, so you may count on to listen to extra about Q and no matter new performance it should carry round that point. Each Android Oreo and Android Pie had been launched in August after a couple of months of beta testing.