11 February 2019
We are currently about a couple of months away from the time when Google usually releases developer build for the next major Android version. But folks at XDA Developers have got their hands on an early Android Q build which gives an idea of what Google is considering for the future.
The biggest change in the early Android Q build is support for the system-wide dark mode. This is something which many Android fans have been asking for quite some time and now, it seems like Google is finally set to offer the feature. It should be noted that even Android Pie has dark mode but it is limited to select places like notification panel and settings interface. With Android Q, it will be almost everywhere and can even be forced upon apps which don't have native support for the mode.
Next big change revealed in the early Android Q build is more refined controls regarding app permissions. Google currently allows users to either allow or completely disallow app permissions. But as per the build, itis working on adding a third option which will grant the app permission only when in use. It means let's say an app is asking for permission to use the camera, then instead of just turning it on or off, users will be able to choose the option which will allow the app to use the camera only when the app is being used. This way, one will not have grant the permission while using the app and then disable it afterward. It will make the whole process a lot more convenient.
Google has further added an option to filter apps on the basis of app permissions. This will make it easier to find apps seeking a particular kind of permission which will eventually be helpful in finding culprit apps faster. There are also insights related to what kind of apps permissions were asked for how many times in a particular time range.
Other than this, Android Q is likely to bring a new mode called "Desktop Mode". The details regarding this mode are currently scarce but it seems like Google's answer to Samsung's DeX mode. It means it should allow users to run Android on their desktop by connecting their phone. It will be native support which will open the number of choices for users looking for a phone with such a capability.
It should be noted that this is an early Android Q build. It means there is no surety if we will see any of these features in the stable build or even in the developer build itself. Google can always change plans as the development will proceed but we will keep you updated on the same.