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[Update: Confirmed but not live] Android Q Beta 4 turns your phone's power button into a wallet shortcut

Being a Samsung Pay user, I really appreciate how convenient it is to summon the app when I'm about to pay or need to show my membership card to the cashier. Indeed, a simple swipe up from the lock or home screen brings up my wallet. Apple and Google have taken a different approach, where their payment software is automatically launched when you place your device near an RFID reader. However, iOS users can also double tap the power button to bring up Apple Pay, which is — at least in my opinion — more convenient, as it lets you choose the card you want to pay with before completing the transaction.

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Smart Lock might be rebranded to 'Pixel Presence' on Android Q

Smart Lock has been a useful companion to Android users ever since the security feature was introduced with Lollipop in 2014. Not too much has changed about it since its conception, though. You can let your phone stay unlocked automatically when you're at a trusted location, or when you're connected to trusted Bluetooth devices. There are also options for on-body detection, trusted face, and Voice Match, which I wouldn't recommend since they're effortless to circumvent. Now, Smart Lock might be ripe for a rebranding in Android Q, since a lot of people now receive a toast that their phones are "Kept unlocked by Pixel Presence" on Android Q Beta 4.

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Android Q Beta 4 uses a simple switch for dark mode, quashing hopes for additional themes

At Google I/O this year, Google finally announced a dark mode for Android. We've been expecting this ever since the first Q build leaked, but the settings app has always suggested that there could be more than only a white and dark mode. Up until Beta 3, there was a complete theme selector where more options apart from "Dark" and "Light" could've shown up. However, the recently released Beta 4 does away with this interface and instead switches to a simple toggle for Dark Theme.

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[Update: More colors] Android Q developer options include accent color, font, and icon shape customization

When the folks at XDA developers caught a look at an Android Q image early, one of the things they spotted was a pile of new options for theming the look of the operating system. At the time, we thought it might have merely been a test demonstrating easier OEM-level customization, but theming has persisted into the Android Q Beta 1.

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Android Q Beta 4 moves the lock icon on the lockscreen to the top

The fourth Android Q beta doesn't have as many changes as prior versions did, though there are still some subtle tweaks here and there. One instance of this is the lock button on the lockscreen — for some reason, Google has chosen to relocate it from the bottom to the top.

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Android Q Beta 4 allows apps that can use overlays to launch background activities

In Android Q Beta 3, background activities were made the scourge of the kingdom. No background app could start a foreground task. Sure, it was meant to stop any malicious developers from doing some unwanted snooping on their users' devices, but it also cuts off automation apps like Tasker from triggering their jobs. Google does allow for exceptions to this ban, but none of them have suited those apps until the company introduced a new exception to the list with the release of Android Q Beta 4: SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW.

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'Face authentication' details in Android Q Beta 4 tease upcoming biometric support

Google's plans for better face recognition have been known for a while. After all, Apple's Face ID is so good that Google has to do something to play catch-up. According to teardowns by both 9to5Google and XDA Developers, new "face authentication" labels (strings) for settings options are hidden in Android Q Beta 4, and a search of the Settings app is showing related settings for some.

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[Update: It's back] Notification snoozing has disappeared in Android Q Beta 3 for some, hopefully it's a bug

The ability to snooze notifications is a divisive feature, with some (like me) using it fairly often and others at AP saying they never do. If you fall into the first camp and have installed the third Android Q Beta that became available yesterday, you may have noticed that snoozing is no longer possible.

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[Update: Gesture to unpin coming] Google's ham-fisted fix for broken screen pinning in Android Q disables it

When Google pushed out the new "fully gestural navigation" mode in Android Q Beta 3, regardless of your general opinion when it came to the new navigation system, there was one objective drawback: it broke screen pinning. Well, Google has fixed this particular issue in typical Google fashion as of Beta 4, disabling screen pinning entirely if you enable the new gesture navigation system.

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Dynamic System Updates arrive for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL in Android Q Beta 4

Last year, Google speculated it might be possible for Android devices to boot a GSI (Generic System Image) without needing to unlock the bootloader and flash it. That functionality was shown off as working just recently at this year's Google I/O developer conference, under the name "Dynamic System Updates," or DSU. (It's not the most descriptive name, since DSU effectively lets you live boot into other Android images.) We were told the functionality would eventually make its way to Android Q, and as of Beta 4, it has.

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