14 March 2019
With each passing day, we are coming across more and more reports detailing expected new Android Q features. It is already rumored to feature system-wide dark mode and a Face ID-like functionality, it is now time for a new report. The latest report from XDA Developers has listed a number of new Android Q features while also sharing significant details about them.
It is reported that Google is working on limiting background clipboard access with the release of Android Q. In its current state, Android allows all apps to read clipboard data in the background even without asking for the runtime access. This can be risky considering that many users do copy insensitive data like usernames and passwords. This seems to be the reason that Google will limit what kind of apps can read the clipboard data in the background. The spotted source code lines mention protection level set to "signature" which suggests only OEM signed apps will be able to do so.
The next Android version is said to allow users to downgrade apps which will be beneficial in situations like installing an update plagued with some bug. This will make the process of avoiding those issues after update installation a lot more convenient. As of now, users are limited to keep waiting until the developer releases a fix or simply to uninstall the currently installed version and manually install the previous version's APK.
Google is further working on changing the way external data storage read and write permissions work. Currently, once an app is granted the permission, it is able to read and write any kind of data stored in the external storage. With Android Q, there will be a new set of permissions which will be specific like Ability to access music files, Ability to access photos, and Ability to access videos.
With the newer version, apps are likely to get back the ability to access user's location even when in the background. Google disabled this particular aspect of location access with Android Oreo and Pie as it wanted to make the system more secure. While it is a good enough reason, it also means it limited users' options who wanted to track their location even in the background. But going forward, Android is likely to mention that the app will access your location in the background and a user will have the option to grant or deny the permit.
Other than these, Google is working on bringing visual changes to Android Q as well. These include new fonts, icons, and accent color overlays. As noted by XDA, new font options include Rubik and Arvolato. The new icons are square, rounded rectangle, squircle, and teardrop. Lastly, the new accent colors are Purple, Black, and Green.
It should be noted that all these expected Android Q features are based on the findings spotted in an early build. It means there is always a possibility that Google can decide to make more changes or completely scrap any of these. In either case, we will keep you updated as more information will become available.