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Android Q: The 5 features you need to hear about

Google recently launched Android Q beta program for Pixel phones . Instead of releasing the first beta only to developers, Google allows someone to sign up and install beta . Of course, we installed it as quickly as possible. While we continue to dig around and find new, hidden and unannounced treats, below are five features that will come to Android Q worth getting excited about.


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Wi-Fi and QR codes


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Share your Wi-Fi network password with friends or ask if their can be cumbersome. Android Q has a new feature that lets you create a QR code for your Wi-Fi network, or scan a QR code to connect to a Wi-Fi network directly in the device's Wi-Fi settings.

Undo app deletion

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Ever remove an app from your home screen, and then see that you can't remember which app was there? I have.

With Android Q you have a few seconds after an app has been removed to undo the change. You will find the Undo button at the bottom of the screen. Tap it and bam, the app is back where it belongs.

Site Control

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Android finally gets more granular control over how an app can use location information. Currently, you can give an app access to your site either all the time or not all. With Android Q you get the ability to let an app access your location information only while actively using the app.

This is not just a privacy issue, but it certainly helps to save on battery life.

privacy settings

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With Android Q, there is now a dedicated privacy department in the setup app. Opening it will reveal the various permissions apps can request for things like calendar, location, camera, connectors and microphone.

Android has missed a clear path to see which apps have access to which data on your device. The new section makes it easy to detect and revoke permissions for specific apps.

Better notification check

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When you long press on a warning, you now get a few different options for managing how to warn the app: Block, "Show quiet" and "Keep alerting".

This is a small but important feature because you no longer need to dig into the Settings app to find out how to customize an apps alerts. You just keep long press, choose an option and you're done.

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