Android Q has been sort official for nearly two months now, arriving as a developer beta in mid-March. Although this initial release revealed many of the features that will be the cornerstone of Android Q, the gist of interesting novelties will be revealed at the opening of Google I/O today, May 7.
Some of the features that are definitely making it into the final release of Android Q are none other than a system-wide dark mode, improved privacy controls & management, user-friendly shortcuts to core Android features, and many others.
Here are all the new features that Android Q scored at this year's cornerstone Google I/O 2019 keynote.
Native support for foldable devices
Android Q will natively support fodable devices, which are quickly shaping up to be the next big thing not only for Android, but the mobile scene as a whole. Not only will Q support all types of foldable display combinations that might arrive in 2019, but it will also have the right set of features to make the user experience a great one. One of the important features that will be hitting Android Q is called Screen continuity, and it will work just as you might imagine - it will allow you to seamlessly transfer your current activity between the different displays. Playing a game on the small display of a phone will automatically and seamlessly expand it on the larger display should you unfold your device. We've already seen this in action on the Samsung Galaxy Fold, but it's great that stock Android is scoring this feature by default.
5G is here, and Google is ready
Just like foldables, 5G is already here, holding the promise for exceptionally-fast data speeds and super-low latency. This is why it comes as no surprise that Android Q will support 5G natively. With more than 20 mobile carriers around the world launching 5G phones in 2019, Android will be at the forefront of the 5G revolution that's coming.
A small, but rather cool new feature will provide any video with live captions in real time, allowing you to understand what's happening if your phone is muted or if you are hard of hearing. This rather cool feature will be available with any video, no matter if it's web content or a video shot during your vacation in Costa Rica. The captions themselves can be expanded, contracted, and moved around whenever you want on your screen. The features is systemThe best part? Live captions will be generated completely on the device, with no data being processed on Google's servers.
Smart Reply & Suggested Actions
Android's smart notifications are also getting smarter and now works with all messaging apps. It's scoring smart replies that will suggest contextually-aware replies and even emoji straight in your notifications. Additionally, you Smart Reply will be suggesting relevant actions: if someone sends you an address, a context-friendly Google Maps button will pop up, allowing you to directly launch Google Maps with the address in the forefront. A rather useful small feature that will save you some time here and there. The feature will work with any messaging app you might be using. The feature will make use of on-device learning and wouldn't process data on Google's servers.
Shut the lights!
After years of lamentations and clamoring, Android fans are finally getting a native dark mode in stock Android - Q will let you enjoy a system-wide dark theme by either hitting the respective quick tile in your notifications bar or by enabling the battery saver function.
Security & Privacy
Privacy seems to be another important cornerstone of Android Q. Noteworthy privacy-centric improvements include enhanced location sharing, which now lets you share your location for as long as you're using a certain app, and automatically stop as soon as you exit the app. This is rather similar to iOS' take on location sharing, and is a great peace-of-mind feature to have.