Google had launched Android Q Beta 2 with a lot of new features in hand. We are talking about multitasking Bubbles, a foldable emulator, zoomable microphones, and many more. Also, the update includes an updated SDK with system images for Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and the Android Emulator. If you aren’t a testing user, you can start by downloading it. But if you are enrolled in the beta program, you will receive the update to Android Q Beta 2. Let’s see what the new update is bringing us.
Android Q Beta 2 Features
- Scoped Storage is enabled – this will give you more control over the files you shared and to let users see the changes. The feature enables apps users to use their own sandbox without permission, but you will need permission for access shared files. For enabling Scoped Storage, you must use the adb command.
- The Bubbles feature is for multitasking and re-engages with apps. Bubbles will help the user to prioritize information, take action with another app but maintaining the current context. The feature is useful for messaging, update for arrival time, phone calls and ongoing tasks, quick access to notes, translations, or tasks.
- Android Q enhanced the platform support for foldable devices and a foldable emulator available as Android Virtual device in Android Studio 3.5. Using the emulator, you can test hardware configurations, behaviors, and states. Also, the feature supports runtime configuration changes, multi-resume, and new resizeableActivity behaviors. Using Android Studio 3.5, you can create a foldable virtual device that will support two hardware configurations: 7.3 inches and 8 inches with Beta 2.
- Beta 2 update is giving apps more control over audio capture with the help of MicrophoneDirection API. Using this feature you can specify the direction of the microphone when talking or recording, and the apps let you choose the recording filed dimension by using setMicrophoneFieldDimension.
Finally, Google wants developers to make their apps to be compatible with Android Q, for a better transition when they upgrade it.
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