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Hints for Tasker-like Settings Rules surface on Android Q

Android has always been known as a system open to deep integrations with third-party applications, allowing us to automate our devices through services like Tasker and IFTTT. However, Google intends to change that with Android Q and wants to make it harder for apps to hook into the OS as a security measure. To compensate this, the company now appears to be working on a Rules app similar to a very rudimentary Tasker that allows you to reproduce some of its abilities natively.

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Every new Android Q feature we have found so far [Continuously updated]

It's that time of the year again. Google has pushed out betas for its latest, greatest version of Android: Q. Your eagle-eyed Android Police editors have been combing through looking for new features, changes, improvements, and even setbacks. We've enumerated everything we've found here, together with a brief description of what's new. So, let's take a look at Android Q.

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Share menu changes in Android Q Beta 3: No more app pinning, 8 Direct Share targets instead of 4

We've been very vocal about our irritation with Android's slow, buggy, and inconsistent Share menu. Prior to Android Q's release, we learned that Google was working on fixing it, and we started seeing the fruits of that change in Beta 1 and 2 thanks to a new push system that lets apps show their targets in the menu vs the pull system that was used before. In Q Beta 3, there are two changes to the native Share menu, one of which is a welcome comeback and the second a sad removal.

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Pixels on Android Q might receive automatic car crash detection

Google has been putting a lot of effort into Android users' health and security with features like Digital Wellbeing, but also by helping them stay focused while driving. Now, the company appears to be working on a feature that should help you when you do get into an accident while on the road, regardless of cause. Some strings appeared on Android Q that suggest Pixels will automatically detect crashes.

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You can't silence or block notifications for Messages on Android Q Beta 3

Every beta version of any software brings on a slew of bugs and issues, but Android Q's most recent Beta 3 has been even more frustrating than usual. We've covered several issues with it, but there are also some changes that we don't know how to categorize. Bugs? New features? Half-baked transitions? One of them is the disappearance of notification snoozing and now we've noticed another baffling change: you can't silence or control priority for notifications from Messages.

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Notification 'Bubbles' will be hidden in Android Q's developer options

Google introduced "bubbles" with Android Q Beta 2, which are essentially system-level notifications displayed in a Messenger-style chat head. Although these don't replace the OS' traditional notifications, they can be activated through a toggle in the settings. However, the company announced it wants to move this switch to the developer options menu in the final release, making it harder to spot for most users.

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Android Q will include gesture and 3-button navigation as default options, but OEMs can still add their own

Google's latest attempt at gesture navigation in the third Android Q beta has caused quite a stir. Some commend the decision to finally rip off the superior iOS-style home gesture, while others aren't happy with the new swipe-from-the-side back button. No matter what you think of it, it's here to stay, but the trusty old three-button navigation will be included as an option on all phones going forward.

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[Update: Public API gone] On Android Q, your default Notification Assistant app can manage and adjust other apps' notifications

Diving into a new Android beta version's settings and sub-menus is fun. You often stumble on something that leaves you scratching your head, wondering whether it's new, and confused about what it's supposed to do. That's the case with the new Notification Assistant setting on Android Q, and upon closer inspection, this little menu may hide some very interesting changes to notification management that we didn't expect.

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Google creates 53 gender-neutral emojis

As part of Android Q Beta 3, Google has created 230 new emojis, including 53 that are gender-neutral. What this means is the icon can represent both a man and a woman, without identifying to a particular gender. In order to achieve this, Google has focused on designing a hairstyle that can be worn by both women and men.

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Gboard automatically adjusts its looks based on your Android Q color accents and dark mode settings

We recently reported Android Q lets you customize the interface's accent color, which lets you pick a shade that matches your taste to replace the system's default one. In addition, Google officially confirmed its newest mobile operating system will ship with a dark mode, which further improves customization options. While these settings are specific to Android, it seems Gboard will automatically recognize them and adapt its looks based on them.

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