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Android Q will have native support for data-saving AV1 video codec

Android Q will have native support for data-saving AV1 video codec

Google is a leading member of the 'Aliance for Open Media,' a group of companies working to create a successor to VP8/VP9 (both used in WebM video), called AV1. AV1 is designed to be more compressed than VP9 while still retaining good video quality. Google announced today that Android Q will include native support for AV1, paving the way for more widespread use.

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Vulkan 1.1 will be required on all 64-bit devices running Android Q or higher

Vulkan 1.1 will be required on all 64-bit devices running Android Q or higher

Today's I/O news is slowing down, but that doesn't mean that cool or important stuff has dried up just yet. Last year, Google announced that it was bringing support for Vulkan 1.1 to Pie, but now the company has said that v1.1 will be a requirement for 64-bit Android devices running Q or higher.

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Android Q Beta 3 adds location sharing reminders for background apps

Android Q Beta 3 adds location sharing reminders for background apps

Android Q already introduced a new feature that allows users to restrict an app's access to location data so it is only available while the app is in the foreground. Along with this change, a new screen was also added to Settings that gives users far more visibility of current settings and which apps have recently used this access to get your position. A new aspect of these enhancements was introduced during the Google I/O keynote that will give reminders to users when an app is accessing location while sitting in the background.

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Google sneaks in new navigation bar for Android Q, swipe-for-back gesture navigation

Google sneaks in new navigation bar for Android Q, swipe-for-back gesture navigation

The I/O keynote is over, but there are already new features surfacing for Android Q that were only briefly brushed upon during the presentation. Beta 3 sports a new iPhone-esque navigation bar that drops the back button and replaces it with a gesture that isn't limited to the bottom of the screen anymore.

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Android Q will support encryption on low-end devices

Android Q will support encryption on low-end devices

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Android Q extends Parental Controls, making them easier to set up

Android Q extends Parental Controls, making them easier to set up

Google is well aware that its products are used by children, with the average age of kids receiving their first smartphone now down to eight. That's why the company has announced a whole slew of options for parents to control their minors' phone usage by putting Family Link features right inside Android Q's settings, for all devices receiving the latest OS.

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Focus Mode coming to Android Pie and Q to cut out distractions from specific apps

Focus Mode coming to Android Pie and Q to cut out distractions from specific apps

Living in the digital age, we have almost everything we need to keep informed at our fingertips. Sometimes, however, we need to disconnect, whether it's to get homework done or enjoy time with family and friends. Previously, we've had options like Airplane Mode and Do Not Disturb, both of which do the job quite well. Unfortunately, they're an all-or-nothing solution, so Android will be getting a third choice: Focus Mode.

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Google officially confirms Android Q is launching with a Dark Theme

Google officially confirms Android Q is launching with a Dark Theme

Google has just started talking about Android Q on stage at I/O and has now officially confirmed that the new version of the OS will come with the glorious, long-awaited Dark Theme. The company says the new look will help you save battery on your device, since black and grey don't need as much light and thus power as white and bright colors.

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Android Q's automatic light and dark mode switch is properly working now

Android Q's automatic light and dark mode switch is properly working now

With Google putting all its weight behind dark mode in Android Q, beta testers were a little miffed when they discovered that there was no user-facing on/off toggle for the mode. It was hidden behind an adb command, and everyone rushed to either set it to on or off. However, there was an auto value too, but it wasn't working properly. For some, it never changed between modes, and for others, it only changed once then stopped working. That automatic switch appears to be functional now.

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Android Q teases better and smarter contextually-suggested actions

Android Q teases better and smarter contextually-suggested actions

The first beta of Android Q rolled out over a month ago, and although we've spent hours dissecting every feature it brings, from the bigger ones to the absolute smallest, there are still some surprises that we haven't discussed in detail yet. The most interesting — also the most hidden and difficult to reproduce — are some mysterious actions that surface for a few users in specific places, only to disappear and never be seen again. They are a sign of things to come though, even if they're not fully reproducible just yet.

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