Yesterday The 4 beta version of what will be the next major version of Android was released, version with the code name "Android Q" with which some updates have been added to this new system build and it does not add new functions so it is basically an update version.
As usual, this preview is mainly for developers, where Android Q has as its main focus three themes: innovation, security and privacy and digital well-being.
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Main changes in Android Q beta 4
With the release of this Android beta 4 Q stands out as the main novelty the arrival of the new APIs are stabilized.
So with it developers are advised to test their apps for Android Q retrieving the SDK for API 29.
The arrival of These new APIs open the possibility that applications on Google Play can reach the new version of Android.
On the other hand in Android Q, it is highlighted that developers can take advantage of new features such as a new sharing menu, better support for folding phones and an official dark mode.
"With the completion of the development APIs and the release of the next version of candidates, it is essential that all Android developers test their current applications for compatibility with Android Q. We recommend that you start as soon as possible," Google wrote.
Before this Google people recommend updating the platform to API 29 and that developers also consider testing with different types of permissions such as storage, location permissions for wireless scans, and permissions for full screen attempts.
They also recommend testing non-SDK restricted interface uses and moving to public SDKs or NDK equivalents instead.
Features of the new APIs
New APIs for Android Q offer new functions and capabilities for users and developers, which is why some are highlighted in this new beta.
Such is the case of dynamic depth format when working with the API for the camera. With it means, you can use AV1 for streaming video and HDR10 + for high dynamic range video. For voice and music transmission, Opus encoding and more can be used.
Another, for example, can provide end-to-end device experiences by optimizing folding elements and support gesture navigation.
You can learn more about the new APIs In the following link.
Already working on a Face ID for Android
Although this fourth beta version does not offer a multitude of functions for users and where reports the presence of a facial authentication option is highlighted, which suggests that Google is working on a feature similar to Face ID on Android.
Like Apple's technology, you should unlock devices, authenticate apps, and make payments. It remains to be seen if this feature will be as robust as Apple's Face ID and not a simple 2D image recognition system captured by the front camera.
This fourth beta version also brings a new feature called "Screen Caution" to avoid reducing screen brightness when the user is looking at the screen. Other new features include minor changes to the system icon on the status bar and on the lock screen.
Each Users of Google Pixel devices can now access this new beta version of Android Q.
While for other third-party equipment they will have to wait a few more days for the manufacturers to test and adapt this beta version.
At the moment only 12 equipment manufacturers are enrolled in the beta version of Android Q this year. For now, only Essential publishes Beta 4 on the same day as Google.
While The final version of Android Q is expected to be available by the end of this year, Google has released a fourth beta version of the next major version of Android.