29 April 2019
Google has released Android Q beta 2 for all the beta testers out there. It is the second developer beta and has arrived within three weeks of the first beta last month. Like the previous build, the focus continues to be on improving the user experience which is evident from the changes included.
The first major new Android Q beta 2 feature is the introduction of notification and multi-tasking Bubbles. It is aimed at allowing users to engage with certain apps (mostly messaging ones) without having to exit the app they are currently using. Bubbles work exactly the same way as Facebook Messenger app's chat bubbles.
It means these bubbles can be moved around and placed anywhere on the display. Tapping on the bubble will open a small window allowing the user to perform actions related to that app. For example, if it is a chat bubble, it will show the ongoing conversation along with ta ext input field to help users read and reply without having to leave the app they were using before.
It goes without saying that Bubbles functionality is something that an app developer will have to implement beforehand. It means even though Android Q will feature Bubbles, it will work only with those apps which will support it. It should be available with all the major instant messaging apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, and Telegram.
Google has further added foldable emulator support for developers. This will allow devs to test their apps for foldable smartphones which are supposed to be the next big thing. It will make it easier for them to see how their apps work on such devices and how they can make them work better to take maximum benefit of the foldable functionality. The foldable emulator is available on Android Studio 3.5 or higher (canary channel).
There are lots of other developer-focused features as well. The detailed list is available on the official Google post explaining the build. If you are a developer or anyone who is interested checking that out, click the source link below.