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Android Q extends Parental Controls, making them easier to set up

Google is well aware that its products are used by children, with the average age of kids receiving their first smartphone now down to eight. That's why the company has announced a whole slew of options for parents to control their minors' phone usage by putting Family Link features right inside Android Q's settings, for all devices receiving the latest OS.

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[Update: Phone list, 3a and 3a XL too] 23 phones including Pixels are getting Android Q Beta 3

Like last year, Google is working with smartphone makers to expand access to the latest Android beta. So, you won't need one of Google's Pixel devices to get a look at Android Q Beta 3. Google is working with 12 OEMs to support a whopping 21 phones on the Android Q Beta.

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Google officially confirms Android Q is launching with a Dark Theme

Google has just started talking about Android Q on stage at I/O and has now officially confirmed that the new version of the OS will come with the glorious, long-awaited Dark Theme. The company says the new look will help you save battery on your device, since black and grey don't need as much light and thus power as white and bright colors.

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Android Q's automatic light and dark mode switch is properly working now

With Google putting all its weight behind dark mode in Android Q, beta testers were a little miffed when they discovered that there was no user-facing on/off toggle for the mode. It was hidden behind an adb command, and everyone rushed to either set it to on or off. However, there was an auto value too, but it wasn't working properly. For some, it never changed between modes, and for others, it only changed once then stopped working. That automatic switch appears to be functional now.

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Android Q teases better and smarter contextually-suggested actions

The first beta of Android Q rolled out over a month ago, and although we've spent hours dissecting every feature it brings, from the bigger ones to the absolute smallest, there are still some surprises that we haven't discussed in detail yet. The most interesting — also the most hidden and difficult to reproduce — are some mysterious actions that surface for a few users in specific places, only to disappear and never be seen again. They are a sign of things to come though, even if they're not fully reproducible just yet.

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[Update: Notification channels too] Android Q Beta 2 adds actionable WiFi and Bluetooth options to the main Settings screen

In the first Android Q Beta, a few cosmetic changes were made to the Settings app, but nothing of great consequence. Now that Beta 2 is upon us, some more meaningful changes have been included, with suggestions at the top of the Settings screen encouraging you to connect to a Wifi network and a card with information about connected Bluetooth devices.

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Google won't break legacy apps that don't use Scoped Storage in Android Q, API enforcement postponed to Android R

Android Q beta 2 led to a slew of controversy over "Scoped Storage," a new set of rules that changes how apps are allowed to access local storage. Google hopes to improve security through this since the current free-for-all system can enable bad actors to snoop data from around your device. Now, Google has announced that it will stop enforcing Scoped Storage with beta 3 to give developers more time to adapt to the new API.

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Google is considering replacing Android's 'back' button with a gesture in Android Q

Android Pie introduced a new navigation system based on gestures that essentially replaced the bottom bar. It's no secret many users didn't adhere to it and wanted to stick to on-screen buttons. Some manufacturers like Samsung even preferred to replace the whole thing with their own design, and Google appears to have gotten the message, as it's starting to rethink controls in its OS, seemingly getting its inspiration from iOS. Despite these new designs, the company kept the back button, creating an inconsistency between gestures and buttons to interact with the device. However, rumors mentioned it Google was looking at axing the virtual key, creating a fully swipe-based navigation system.

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Here are all the little changes in Android Q Beta 2

Android Q is full of new features and major changes, but there are also plenty of minor tweaks that most people probably wouldn't notice — ranging from much-appreciated changes to possible bugs. We already covered all the little changes in Android Q Beta 1, but Beta 2 has even more of them.

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[Update x2: More changes] After a week with Android Q Beta 1, here are all the little changes we've noticed

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.

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