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10 Upcoming features to Android smartphones this year

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Google has revealed the first beta version of Android Q, the next version of its Android OS. For the first time, the tech giant has released beta 1 along with developer preview of its upcoming OS. As widely considered, Android Q brings several new features for Android smartphone users.

Google has revealed the first beta version of Android Q, the next version of its Android OS. For the first time, the tech giant has released beta 1 along with developer preview of its upcoming OS. As widely considered, Android Q brings several new features for Android smartphone users.

Here is the list of all the new features coming to Android smartphones later this year.

1. System-wide Dark theme












It is finally here. The Android Q beta 1 version also comes with a Dark Theme; once you turn on the battery saver this can be enabled. As mentioned by XDA Developers, some devices have been updated to Q with the Dark Mode already enabled.

2. More control on app's access to location












Google is revamping the user privacy by limiting the location access by apps in Android Q. Earlier users were able to either enable or disable the access by an app. Now, there's a third option as well that lets the app see your location only when it is activated.

3. New battery indicator












Android Q is also altering the way the remaining battery life is displayed on the top corner of the screen along with other notification icons. Instead of the battery percentage, users will be able to see text like 'Until 9.30PM'. It is told that texts will be displayed only after a certain battery level. Before that users will be able to see only the percentage.

4. New colour themes












New colour themes are also available in Android Q Beta 1. Though the colour accent options are limited – Device Default, Black, Green and Purple. It can be found in the 'Developer Options' and is just like what OnePlus's OxygenOS has been sporting since months.

5. Connect to Wi-Fi without showing the password












With Android Q connecting to a Wi-Fi network becomes easier. Users can now simply connect by scanning the QR Code. You don't always have to give your Wi-Fi password to the user.

6. Third-party apps' camera to get better












Google' Android Q will allow app developers' access to depth information in images. They will be able to access data containing information on the distance of objects from the camera lens. This will lead to better camera results through third-party apps.

7. Support for new audio and video formats












The new OS version now supports open source video codec AV1. This means high-quality video content can be streamed to Android devices using less bandwidth.

8. New app alerts options












Long pressing an app notification will now show users more useful options to block them, show silently or keep alerting the way it was. Until Android 9 Pie, the options displayed were 'Stop Notifications' and 'Keep showing'.

9. New 'Desktop Mode'












Android Q Beta 1 also has something called as the 'Desktop Mode' where the handset flawlessly connects with an external display.

10. Support foldable screens












As expected, Android Q will be able to support foldable screens. The OS version is likely to change the UI positions and other elements in the home screen as soon as the handset is folded.


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