Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Android Q Has a Built-In Desktop Mode

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Kayla Schwartz | 15 March, 2019, 08:08

If you prefer, you can download the latest Android Q Beta build and manually flash it to your Pixel device.

Visit google.com/android/beta to sign-up to the Android Beta Program.

Google is expanding support for passive authentication methods such as face in Android Q, but there's no 3D face recognition support mentioned. Under the Wi-Fi section, you can share the password in the form of a QR code, or read one such QR code to connect to Wi-Fi. Google says this approach "can be useful when you need more control over testing, such as for automated testing or regression testing". Things had changed with Android Pie (P, at the time) because new devices can access it (Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21, OnePlus 6, and Essential PH-1). There are also new restrictions on apps launching background tasks without user knowledge, and restrictions that limit access to location data only while the app is in the foreground.

If you are on your Pixel smartphone, it is still possible to activate this mode, but of course it won't be optimal. What should Android Q be called?

The sketch is quite simple and there have been similar sketches leaked for a slew of other equally anticipated smartphones in the past
The sketch is quite simple and there have been similar sketches leaked for a slew of other equally anticipated smartphones in the past

Assuming it is, we have some pretty bad news to offer those who expected Google to compete for the sub-$400 division title.

In February, an early access version of Android Q suggested that the new OS may remove the back button, replacing it with a gesture that would be universal across all Android phones, rather than an option provided by the phone maker.

There's no guarantee these will make it into the final build of Android Q, mind you - Google teased a dark mode in previous versions of Android, only to pull them in the final release - but a man can dream.

XDA Developers reports that the experimental desktop mode enables freefrom multi-windows, allowing users to open apps and move them around however they like. Again, these features aren't now in the beta, but could well reappear again at a later date. You'll also be able to control what download files an app can access. If you don't have a Pixel and still want to give it a go, you can, it's just a bit of a pain: you have to use the Android Emulator and grab the emulator images from the SDK Manager in Android Studio (this really is intended for devs). Be warned: this is unstable beta software.

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