Google is getting ready to drop the first developer preview of the next iteration of Android while the latest update, Pie is still on the way for major flagships except Pixel devices. The Google Pixel, Pixel 2 series flagships received the Pie update long time ago, about four months. Sony also rolledout the Pie for its flagships like Xperia XZ2 and XZ1 recently.
The information received through insiders and leaks indicates that Google is going to bring some major changes like System-wide Dark mode with Android Q developer preview 1. The commits made in the Android Q bug tracker makes very clear that the System-wide dark mode is under development and may come with DP1.
Apart from dark mode, the next iteration of Android is coming with exclusive support for screen continuity and foldable devices. So foldable devices from tech giants like Samsung and Huawei will get additional benefit from Android Q update.
Other leaks suggest that the Android 10 OS will show warnings when installing apps designed for older versions of android, so developers will update their apps to specifically work with Android 10.
Multi window feature also get improved with Android Q because of multi-resume function, so two windows can run simultaneously. Thus, with Android Q, users will get true, fluid like multi-tasking experience.
Previously, the Search giant launched the DP1 of Android P on March 9th. This time, the launch of the tenth iteration of Android may take place sooner as the development started early. So we expect the first preview of Android Q will be available for registered Pixel 3 and Pixel 2 series devices in the first or second weeks of March, 2019. Download links of DP1 of Android Q for Pixel devices will be posted here, so please bookmark this page and keep visiting regularly.
We update this post as soon as we hear from Google about Android Q.
Update on 13/3/2019 :
As we expected earlier, Google dropped the first Beta of Android Q today. The Beta program of Android Q now opens for Pixel users. So interested Pixel device users can log on to Android Beta and get a taste of the next Android version. The rollout of the Beta will begin through OTA shortly, and the factory images are available to download.
The Beta comes with improvements in Privacy, Location permissions, granular control over sharing of files and New file manager with revamped Material design. We still digging inside the Beta, so in a few days, we will reveal more details of the Android Q Beta.
The Search Giant scheduled to release another five betas before the final release. We expect more changes in the upcoming Beta at I/O 2019 in May. The final version of Android Q will come in Q3 of 2019, according to Google.
Update on 19/1/2019 :
The folks over XDA developers managed to get a very early build of Android Q, so some of the refinements of the tenth iteration of Android come to light. The early build includes system-wide Dark Mode which is still under development, but it looks very nice and easy for eyes. Another remarkable refinement in the build is permissions revamp. App info screen in Settings app also got new look in Android Q.
It seems that Google is working to introduce Samsung Dex like Desktop mode with Android Q, as XDA developers found an option named Force desktop mode in Developer Options. Battery info and notification icons on Lockscreen changed thier places. New options called time to take action and time to read have been added to the Accessibility menu of Android 10 Q. However, as this a very early build, more refinements and new features may arrive in coming official previews.
Update on 22/2/2019 :
According to XDA developers, the Search Giant might ditch the back button in Android Q with full Gesture navigation. In a very early build grabbed by the guys at XDA, the navigation bar contains only pill shaped home button without the Back button. It is very unlikely that we see the first developer preview of Android Q without the Back button. Previously, Google introduced the Gesture interface at I/O 2018. So Google may unveil the improved Gesture interface at I/O 2019 which is going to begin on May 7th.
Other features discovered in the new build includes refined transition animations. The animations of interface in Android Q seems very similar to iOS animations. As this is a very early build, many changes may take place in coming days.
Update on 6/3/2019 :
Before even the release of First Developer Preview of Android Q, Magisk developer, John wu has done the rooting of early leaked build. John wu has a history of rooting of new Android versions as soon as they landed, now he breaks his own record. As the version of Magisk manager did’nt change, the current canary build works even for Android Q early build.