Android Q early leak shows native Dark Mode, better permission management, and more

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Android Q is said to be the next version of Android OS for smartphones. Google has been working hard on pushing out new features for the mobile OS. It was previously suggested that Android Q would come with a native system-wide dark mode. Well, an early build of Android Q has been leaked and it sheds some light into what all to expect from the next version. Intrigued? Well, then take a look:

Also read: Google promotes Dark Mode on Android, urges developers to use it to preserve battery life

Android Q Dark Mode

One of the most anticipated and widely requested features for Android in recent times has been a native dark mode. Thankfully, the early build of Android Q does feature one. It’s not completely AMOLED, but hey, at least its a dark mode. Android Q comes with a system-level “Dark mode” that can be enabled in Display settings. It also features an “Automatic (based on time of day)” option. Toggling the dark mode on makes almost every system UI element go dark, as shown in the screenshots here.

What’s more, is that embedded within the Developer Options is an “override force-dark” feature. This allows you to turn force native Google apps such as Email, Messaging, and Dialer to undergo a dark mode switch as well.

Android Q Dark Mode

Android Q Permissions control and App info

Privacy is another growing concern amongst a major portion of Android users, and Google is taking it seriously. Android Q comes with a revamped permissions option. For instance, just like iPhones, users will get an option to limit the location access. As such, the access can be limited to “only while the app is in use”. Additionally, there’s also a new “Permissions usage” page that lists out the “Top permission usage at any time”.

Android Q follows up on the Material design UI and adds this to the App Info screen as well. Now, you get a new row of buttons for uninstalling, force stop and opening the app. The icons are considerably bigger, making it easier for one-hand usage. This also lists out a deeper integration of Android’s Digital Wellbeing, showing the user how many notifications were sent “per day” from that app.

Android Q Desktop Mode

Within the Android Q Developer Options, there’s a new “force desktop mode”. While the feature doesn’t work yet on this early build, it does suggest a desktop mode which could be similar to Samsung’s DeX. From what it seems, it would allow the user to connect their smartphone to a monitor and use Android in the form of ChromeOS. However, at this point in time, it is anyone’s guess what this feature would end up looking like.

Android Q other changes

Apart from the major features listed above, Android Q also comes with some minor tweaks here and there. For instance, the Always On Display has undergone certain changes. The setting is now available under Display –> Lock screen display. Also, during the AOD, the battery icon seems to have shifted from the center of the screen to the top-right. There’s also a new shortcut to access a native screen-recorder under Developer Options. The screen recorder can be accessed by long-pressing on the screenshot button in the power menu, but the UI is currently unfinished.

Android Q download and availability

As of now, there is no word on when will we get the first taste of Android’s next flavor, that is Android Q. Android Pie got its first alpha build back in March 2018. As such, we’d expect a similar timeline for Android Q. In the meantime, make sure to leave a comment below telling us what you think the Q will stand for.

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Varun is your go-to guy for everything related to technology. Someone with a keen interest in the Android world, he installs a new custom ROM every week and is always living on the bleeding edge of technology. When not writing for Mr. Phone, you can find him gaming on his beastly gaming rig which is also his prized possession.