While many of us lay-users are still content with what Android 9 Pie is providing our smart devices with, many enthusiasts and Android developers are already anticipating what the next Android Q update will bring. Thanks to a leak, as well as the good people at XDA, we now have some inkling over what to expect from the next big update.
According to the leak, one of the biggest changes to the operating system (visually, at least) seems to be a system-wide dark mode. To be precise, the feature won’t automatically be implemented, but there will apparently be an option for users to activate it via the settings. Bear in mind, this feature will apply to all Google-related apps, as well as third-party notifications.
XDA also seems to point out a slightly greater emphasis for security, and to that end, Android Q will reportedly have revamped Permissions. Specifically, Permissions will now provide users with an overview of permission access for apps. Along with a greater level of privacy and function of the app.
The most interesting point of the leak though, is the discovery of a supposed “Forced Desktop Mode” found by the developer site. XDA says that the description reads as a “force experimental desktop mode on secondary displays”, but if one were to break it down, it sounds as though Google is working on a function similar to Samsung’s DeX or Huawei’s EMUI Easy Projection feature.
There are other updates included in the leak, but so far, the aforementioned features seem to be the key – if not major updates that are worth the mention. When Android Q will be made available for the general public is as good as anybody’s guess.
However, it’s likely that we could hear more about it later in the year, probably during Google’s annual I/O conference.