After a few days of repairs, Google reopened the upgrade channel, and I was finally reassured that Pixel 3 was being upgraded. I've been experiencing Beta 3 for some time before. This time, I'll take advantage of Beta 4 upgrade to pick up some highlights of Android Q system and share them with you. Let's take a look at the possible future of Android 10.
Towards the endBeautifulswipe gestures
Fully Gestural Navigation can be said to be the biggest highlight on Android Q. Google has come up with its own solution since the attempt of "dragonfly water" on Android 9 to embrace the sliding gesture completely.
Android Q currently offers three gesture options: full gesture navigation, double-key navigation and three-key navigation. When the full gesture navigation is turned on, the "small pill" at the bottom will become a flat bar similar to the iOS scheme, and the sliding gesture is similar to the iOS scheme - sliding back to the desktop, hovering up into the application background, sliding back on the left and right edges, and sliding the navigation bar to switch the background application. The experience is really similar to iOS, but it's the best solution right now.
Recent developments are that the animation of the return gesture in Android Q Beta 4 has been fine-tuned, and now there is a small change in the edge of the screen arrow, which feels slicker than before.
Another good news is that the mandatory rotation button in Android Q Beta 4 has returned, which seems to be popular, but you rotate when you turn off the auto-rotation screen.Mobile phoneMandatory rotation button will automatically appear, this function is still very useful when lying in bed playing with mobile phones.
Clear and Intelligent Notification Management
In Android Q, Google reorganized the notification logic of mobile phones. Now in Android Q Beta 4, when you open the notification authority of an application, you can choose between two modes:
Priority has been set: the prompt sound is emitted and displayed in the drop-down notification bar, status bar and lock screen.
Silent notification: all silent. Displays in the drop-down notification bar and status.
It can be seen that the main difference between the two modes is whether or not to issue prompt sounds. From my personal point of view, some non-urgent notifications (such as news) that need to be checked regularly at the same time are very suitable for working in silent notification mode.
What's more, Android Q adds a feature called Adaptive Notification, which automatically sets low priority notifications as silent notifications, and also provides jump suggestions in notifications. (Since I haven't been using Android Q Beta 4 long enough, I haven't felt the power of this feature yet.)
In terms of notification, Android Q Beta 4 has another detail change, with the Bubbles option moving from developer mode to the normal interface. Bubble is a new notification mode, which can float on other application layers, Click to expand application functions and information, and fold up when not in use.
Personally, I think it's a little like Samsung's quick response function. At present, bubbles are not fully open, and I have not found any supporting applications in my daily experience, so I can expect the performance of the official version.
With the Dark Patterns, it's up to the developers.
GooLGE and Apple have joined in the latest system to support the dark mode. Whether it's for power savings or eye protection, it's always good to give users one more choice.
The formal name of Dark Mode on Android Q is Dark Theme, which is a globally available theme mode. At present, the Beta system is still fine-tuning the UI of the system, but the completion of the dark mode is very high.
Like the current iOS 13 problems, Google's own applications are better adapted to the dark mode (the entire Google bucket has been adapted), and third-party applications need to continue to work hard. Previously, it was possible to force third-party apps to implement imperfect dark mode by opening the Override Force Fark option in the developer mode, but this option seems to have been turned off in Android Q Beta 4, so wait for the developer to adapt.
Continuous optimization of digital health
Digital Wellbeing is a relatively broad concept. If it is embodied in Android operation, it is a function used to manage the time used by devices. Android P has added digital health, and Google is still optimizing it on Android Q.
At present, Android Q's digital health shared device use time, application timer and relaxation mode are three modules, which can reduce the distress of using mobile phones from two levels of disconnection and interference reduction.
In Android Q Beta 4, the digital health application timer function has been enhanced. When you set a time limit for an application, you can see the remaining usage time of the corresponding application in the multi-task background. Clicking on the bottom timer area can also enter a detailed management interface, which is intuitive and convenient.
In addition, Wind Down adds a timetable that can be opened on a specific date of the week, which enriches the trigger mechanism of the relaxation mode.
In the future, digital health will also add Focus Mode, which can temporarily help us set some mobile phone restrictions and focus on the work at hand.
According to the testing schedule of Android Q, there will be six Beta releases before the official release of Q3 this year. Beta 4 will identify the final system API and official SDK, and to some extent the experience is close to the final official version.
As far as current experience is concerned, in addition to the obvious changes in global gestures and dark modes, Google has also spent a lot of energy on "fixing" notification and privilege issues. With the help of clearer system management logic and AI algorithm, some of the old problems have been solved positively, including the Project Mainline scheme not mentioned above. Planning is also important to solve the problem of Andriod fragmentation upgrade.
At the same time, Google's ongoing investment in digital health has seen some results (the emphasis is also increasing), which I believe will become a bright spot of Android 10 system in the future.