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Android Q fixes major oversight in cloud backup implementation

Android Q fixes major oversight in cloud backup implementation

You're no dummy — you know just how fragile this digital life you've built can be — and so you take all manner of steps to protect yourself, using strong passwords, keeping on top of the latest software updates, and making backups of all your important data. And when it comes to Android, that's meant taking advantage of the system's native ability to save settings, apps, and personal info to Google Drive, ready to be restored when you need it. While that's been working just fine, it's taken until this week's release of Android Q Beta 1 to correct one glaring oversight, giving backup a new icon design that finally makes sense.

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New Android Q settings promise more time to read and act on alerts, but neither seems to work yet

New Android Q settings promise more time to read and act on alerts, but neither seems to work yet

Two new accessibility options have appeared in Android Q. The new "time to read" and "time to take action," settings allow you to configure just how long certain messages stay on the screen. Or at least, they probably would if any apps supported them right now.

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[Update: Changed in Beta 3] Android Q app info picks up new stats, rebrands 'disable' as 'uninstall' for system apps

[Update: Changed in Beta 3] Android Q app info picks up new stats, rebrands 'disable' as 'uninstall' for system apps

Among all the other changes we've spotted in Android Q, Google is also tweaking the old app info screen for managing specific application details. In addition to a snazzy new look and Material Theme iconography, Android Q merges together general app uninstallation and system app disabling into one label, plus new notification average info. There's even a long-overdue button to open the app in question (yay).

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Android Q shows all your apps with disabled notifications in one place

Android Q shows all your apps with disabled notifications in one place

Recent versions of Android have made it easier to silence noisy apps by muting their notifications. However, what if you want to bring some notifications back? You need to remember which apps you've silenced. Android Q makes that easier by putting all apps with disabled notifications in one settings menu.

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Freeform windows can be enabled in Android Q without hacks

Freeform windows can be enabled in Android Q without hacks

Back in Android 7.0 Nougat, Google added a feature called 'Freeform windows.' It allowed apps to run in resizable windows, but it was disabled by default, and the only way to use it was through ADB or third-party apps like Taskbar. In Android Q, Freeform windows can be enabled from the Developer Options — no hacks required.

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Android Q will kill clipboard manager apps in the name of privacy

Android Q will kill clipboard manager apps in the name of privacy

Privacy is a primary focus of Android Q for Google, and that may spell trouble for some of your favorite apps. In Android Q, Google has restricted access to clipboard data as previously rumored, which means most apps that currently aim to manage that data won't work anymore.

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Android Q can automatically activate Battery Saver based on your usage habits

Android Q can automatically activate Battery Saver based on your usage habits

Battery saver can be crucial for eking out those last few minutes of screen time before you can make it to a charger, but the implementation in Android 9 Pie and earlier is a little crude; you could only set it to turn on at a specific percent remaining. In Android Q, you have the option to base it around your routine.

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Connecting to smart home and IoT devices on Android Q will be less of a hassle

Connecting to smart home and IoT devices on Android Q will be less of a hassle

One of the banes of my geeky existence is setting up and using smart home and IoT devices. Every manufacturer figures out one way to let you connect to their product and you have to follow their step-by-step guide to the letter, and even then, it's better to be prepared for frustration and a few retries. That's especially true for WiFi devices, but Android Q is ready to make things easier.

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[Update: Works for some] Android Q Beta introduces built-in screen recording, but it's broken for now

[Update: Works for some] Android Q Beta introduces built-in screen recording, but it's broken for now

Screen recording is pretty handy for people like us, but there's never been a native solution in Android. Some OEMs include it as part of their software enhancements, and there are third-party apps like AZ Screen Recorder, which is the one I've been using in recent years. As rumored previously, Google is baking one into the OS with Android Q, although it's pretty borked right now.

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