There are quite a few new features (and some removed functionality) present in the first beta of Android Q — we've documented around 50 major changes already. There are also plenty of smaller tweaks that don't warrant separate coverage, so we're going over them here. Without further ado, here all of the smaller changes in Android Q Beta 1.

Bluetooth device details

The details screen for Bluetooth devices has been slightly tweaked, matching the appearance of the new app info screen. The device name is now displayed more prominently, and the buttons for forgetting or connecting to a device are larger.

Left: Android Pie; Right: Android Q

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Enter key on lock screen

If you use a PIN for your lock screen password, the Enter key now actually looks like an Enter key, instead of being a checkmark. Exciting, I know.

Charging status on Always-On Display

On Android Q, the current charging status is now displayed at the top-right of the Always-On Display, instead of at the bottom-center. It suppose it makes sense that the battery status should be in the same position as when the phone is unlocked.

Notifications on Always-On Display

Speaking of the Always-On Display, notifications how have a different appearance. Instead of blending in with the rest of the black screen, alerts now look identical to those found in the regular notification tray — white background and all.

Left: Android Pie; Right: Android Q

Now Playing information

The Pixel 2 and 3 have a feature called 'Now Playing,' where the phone will always listen for music playback and try to determine the song's name and artist. For some reason, this information is heavily truncated on Android Q


Android Pie

Android Q

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  • Eric

New 'pill' on lock screen

Another lock screen change in Android Q is that upcoming calendar events now appear in a pill at the bottom of the screen, instead of being bundled in the 'At A Glance' widget above notifications.

Left: Android Pie; Right: Android Q

As pointed out by 9to5Google, this area at the bottom is also used to display traffic information.

Gesture navigation animations

For phones with gesture navigation enabled, the animation speed is tweaked depending on your swipes. If you do a quick swipe between apps, the animation is quick, and if your swipe is longer, the animation is longer.

9to5Google has a video demonstrating this effect, starting from a quick swipe and progressively using longer swipes.

Emergency button in Power menu

When you hold down on the power button on Android Q, there's a new 'Emergency' button at the bottom of the list. Tapping it opens a dialer, with a button at the top for accessing emergency information (medications, allergies, contacts, etc.). This should hopefully make it easier for first responders to get the information they need.

App info in Pixel Launcher

When using the Pixel Launcher's search functionality in Android Q, holding down on an app shows an Info button. Previously, the only way to access an app's info screen was from the app drawer (or from the Settings app).

Developer options for Smart Lock

Android Q has two new settings for Smart Lock, hidden in the Developer options menu — "Trust agents only extend unlock" and "Lock screen when trust is lost." The former allows trust agents (like Google's Smart Lock) to keep your phone unlocked for longer, and the latter locks the device when the last agent loses trust.

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  • Rungus

New app install dialog

When installing an application from an APK file, the confirmation message no longer covers the whole screen. Instead, it's a small popup.

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  • James

Alternative lock screen clocks

Google is working on new designs for the lock screen clock. XDA Developers found three alternative designs that can be activated using ADB commands — one with words instead of numbers, one with bubble-like analog hands, and one with narrow analog hands.

None of the designs display weather information yet, so they're definitely still a work-in-progress. It also remains to be seen if Google will let users enable them through the Settings, or if they will only be (officially) available for OEMs to use.

Device uptime

The amount of time your phone has been running since the last shutdown/reboot is now displayed in the Settings app, under 'About phone.'

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  • Ramit

Previously connected Bluetooth devices

Android Pie moved the list of previously-connected Bluetooth devices to a sub-menu under the main Bluetooth panel. This change was definitely annoying for me, as re-pairing my earbuds always required one more level of navigation.

Left: Android Pie; Right: Android Q

Android Q now partially reverses this change, by showing the last three connected devices on the main screen. The full list of devices still requires another tap, but this is definitely an improvement.

Battery optimization screen

The Battery optimization page in the Settings app has received a slight visual overhaul. The blue dropdown menu has been replaced with a... smaller dropdown menu. It still works exactly the same.

Battery optimization on Android 9 Pie

Battery optimization on Android Q

Digital Wellbeing in Pixel Launcher

XDA Developers found evidence that Google is experimenting with Digital Wellbeing integration with the Pixel Launcher. With modifications to the Pixel Launcher on Android Q, you can pause apps from the home screen, locking you out from opening the application. Resuming the app requires a few more taps.

There's a good chance this functionality will be made available to third-party launchers with the official release of Android Q, or perhaps even with the next beta.

We'll have a new post for the minor changes in Android Q Beta 2 soon, but a few more new features were found in Beta 1 before Beta 2 was released:

Toggles and sliders in Settings search

The Settings app has received plenty of improvements in Q already, but there's another helpful tweak hiding in the search. When you search for specific options, the Settings app will display toggles and sliders directly in the results, instead of just linking to the relevant sections.

Settings search on Android 9 Pie

Settings search in Android Q

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Hide silent notification status icons

In Android Pie, you can set any app notification channel to 'Show silently' or 'Show silently and minimize.' The former hides the popup alert, and the latter hides the popup alert and the status bar icon.

In Android Q, there's a new 'Hide silent notification status icons,' which treats the 'Show silently' channel exactly the same as 'Show silently and minimize'. I'm not sure what the advantage to this is, but maybe this will plug into Digital Wellbeing somehow.

Volume sliders in Q no longer make sounds

On all recent versions of Android, when you change one of the volume sliders in the Settings app, a short sound plays at the selected volume. That way, you know if your device is too loud or too quiet.

In Android Q, there are no sounds at all when changing volume sliders. Hopefully this is a bug, because it's definitely annoying.

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  • Chris

That covers just about every Android Q change we're aware of, outside of those that already received separate posts. We'll update this post if we find more small tweaks.