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Android Q adds more useful alert options when long-pressing notifications

Android Q adds more useful alert options when long-pressing notifications

Google has made notification filtering one of the centerpieces of recent Android updates, and Android Q has yet another enhancement in this area. Long-pressing notifications in Q provides more useful options for managing how that app pings you in the future. The granular controls are still there if you want to dig into the settings, though.

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Android Q lets you set default apps for call screening and emergency information

Android Q lets you set default apps for call screening and emergency information

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Android Q adds more foldable phone features, which app developers will surely use

Android Q adds more foldable phone features, which app developers will surely use

As part of today's Android Q Beta Program announcement, Google revealed a handful of changes made to the platform to better help developers build software support for folding form-factors. In addition, the Android Emulator will soon be updated to support switching between display types (i.e., folding and unfolding). Surely developers will get right on that.

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Android Q has a brand new Files app, with filters and updated Material Theme

Android Q has a brand new Files app, with filters and updated Material Theme

Android's built-in file manager hasn't received much love over the years. In fact, until the Oreo update, it didn't even have its own icon in the launcher on stock Android. The app has received a facelift in the Android Q beta, along with a few new features.

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Developers take note: Android Q will block even more undocumented APIs

Developers take note: Android Q will block even more undocumented APIs

Google's been trying to crack down harder on unofficial, non-public APIs a lot harder since Android P, and that pressure is set to further increase with Android Q. The hammer has dropped: If your app targets Android Q, there's a much larger pile of non-SDK APIs that it can't include. And if Google sticks to its previous schedule, that means you'll need to cut that non-public API use by next fall.

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Android Q's dark theme must be picture-perfect at launch, lest developers ignore it

Android Q's dark theme must be picture-perfect at launch, lest developers ignore it

Android Q has a dark theme - but you wouldn't know it reading any of Google's posts about the newest version of its latest mobile OS. There's not even a deeply-buried way to enable it inside Android - the only access point is via command line over ADB. It's the sort of thing you might have expected in the Android of 10 years ago, but that is hardly consistent with the highly polished image of the operating system Google tries to communicate today. It is, in a word, janky.

All jokes about Android's stability the bugginess of Pixel phones aside, Google has generally become much better about introducing new features in a usable and largely finished state in recent years.

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[Update x2: Details] Android Q uses blurred lock screen background while playing music

[Update x2: Details] Android Q uses blurred lock screen background while playing music

When you play music (or other audio with art) on Android, the lock screen background changes to the audio's art. This effect was added back in Android 4.4 KitKat, but it might be going away soon. In the Android Q beta, the lock screen background switches to a blurred image when playing music.

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Android Q includes some ART-related performance gains, developers can expect faster app launches and improved garbage collection

Android Q includes some ART-related performance gains, developers can expect faster app launches and improved garbage collection

Android Q won't just bring new features, it's also set to further improve on the performance of previous Android releases via some tweaks to its ART compiler. In addition to detailing some recent benefits made to app distribution — which current devices running Android P will benefit from — Google also detailed some more technical changes to how ART improves app performance in Android Q.

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Android Q's Pixel launcher lets you undo accidental home screen icon removals

Android Q's Pixel launcher lets you undo accidental home screen icon removals

Ever accidentally removed an icon from your home screen? Well, neither have I, but should it ever happen to you, Android Q makes it easier to fix on Pixel devices. When an item is removed, a little pop-up will present the option to bring it back.

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[Update: ADB method for toggle] Android Q Beta doesn't have a dark mode toggle, so turn it off (or on) before upgrading

[Update: ADB method for toggle] Android Q Beta doesn't have a dark mode toggle, so turn it off (or on) before upgrading

Android Q was long-rumored to (finally) give us system-level dark mode settings for Android. Based on the current beta, it kind of does, but there's a catch: The setting from Android P which controlled the system-level theme is missing, so the only way that we can find to get it on Android Q is to have it enabled before you flash it — and it's a bit janky when it's enabled.

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