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[Update: Larger font, smaller clock] Android Q shows your currently playing song info on the Ambient Display

Although Android Q's Ambient Display seems pretty much unchanged at first glance, we keep discovering small modifications in it that are interesting. One of these is that you can see the full track title, and possibly even artist, on the always-on display without unlocking your phone. We've verified this with Spotify, Pocket Casts, YouTube Music, and Google Play Music, but it will likely happen with all apps that surface a music notification.

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[Update: QB3 improvements] Android Q Beta 2 features iOS-like multitasking gesture changes

Android Q Beta 2 landed just earlier today, and with it came a substantial set of changes to the gesture system originally introduced via Android Pie. The new gestures may not free up as much space as Apple's since they still require a navigation bar, but they're definitely iOS-like, allowing you to pull on the "pill" in any direction to switch apps (finally.)

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Android Q Beta 2 adds a seekable progress bar for music and YouTube notifications

It turns out that Android Q's second beta release actually has a lot of great additions packed in. Case in point: media notifications now have progress bars, and they're seekable, too. This should make things a lot more convenient for those who like to jump around during music, podcast, or video playback.

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Android Q Beta 2 brings back individual volume channel controls in new pop-up

Less than a month after the first one, Android Q Beta 2 has landed with a decent amount of changes in tow. Among those changes is a convenient new volume pop-up to control all of the different volumes without having to enter the settings app.

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Android Q has an API that allows apps to select which microphone to use

Usually, it's big new marketable features that can be shown off with screenshots or GIFs that get people excited, but Android Q Beta 2 also includes some less visually interesting developer-facing changes that are no less exciting — at least, in my opinion. Chief among them is a new API for microphone directionality, allowing applications to pull audio from different directions.

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[Origami simulator] Android Studio 3.5's emulator picks up support for virtual foldables

Together with the Android Q Beta 2 release today, Google is pushing out a bleeding-edge preview of Android Studio Canary. The emulator included in version 3.5 includes support for foldable devices, allowing developers to get started porting apps to the form factor now.

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Android Q Beta 2 fixes screenshots, no longer shows rounded corners and notches

Thank the heavens: Google has fixed the screenshot issue from Q Beta 1 that caused rounded corners and notches to be visible. Unsurprisingly, people were not happy with their screenshots being made so ugly, so we're glad that Google has reverted this so quickly.

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Android Q Beta 2 'Bubbles' are basically system-level chat heads

You might recall the massive failure that was Facebook Home, but one part of that disaster became an integral part of the Messenger app: chat heads. In Android Q Beta 2, Google has unveiled a framework to make chat head-like functionality part of Android. It could be more than that eventually, but it doesn't appear to do much of anything right now.

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[Update: More details in Beta 2] Android Q tries to make the share menu faster, less terrible

Android's share menu has been a bit messy for years, mostly thanks to the slow-loading app-specific targets that appear at the top of the list. In fact, many apps opt to create their own interfaces for sharing, so users don't have to deal with the janky native UI. In Android Q, the default share menu is receiving a facelift, just like Google promised last year.

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[Update: OTAs rolling out] Android Q Beta 2 downloads are available for installation now

In keeping with the initially projected schedule, Android Q Beta 2 has just been released for human consumption. While we all wait for the Beta Program OTAs to roll out, the impatient can get an edge on the rest of us by sideloading the already available OTA images or manually flashing the factory images.

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