Google starts the first testing phase of its next operating system that will put the accent on privacy Google is preparing, one more year, and there are already sixteen major updates in its history, for the renewal of the Android operating system, the one with the highest penetration in the world for many years. Although there are many months ahead to perfect some details and add new improvements, the ecosystem has begun its testing phase. Among the novelties of Android Q, there is a greater burden of privacy, a new application to manage the files of the devices and a design for flexible terminals.
These are the first features of a platform that, if everything goes as expected, will debut officially among consumers in the fall. Meanwhile, its developers begin a long journey in which, of what it is to what it will become, there may be a very large stretch.
Greater privacy control
Under the promise of “the safest version”, Android Q -name still in code- will incorporate new ideas to guarantee the privacy of its users. We are now in an interesting era in which greater protection of personal data is demanded, and more in the wake of the latest scandals. Therefore, the multinational aims to champion this mission that seems that Apple has led to date.
One of the functions that will house the next version will be aimed at covering this objective. The users, as well, will be able to choose when an application is given permission to access the geolocation of the mobile. That greater control of the location will result in two aspects. First, and like previous versions, applications can only obtain the location once permission has been requested. But, from now on, you can choose between three models: always, while using the “app” or never.
Another aspect in which the company works is greater control of shared files. Thus, users can manage the access of applications to your photos, videos or audio notes through new permissions on the execution time. For downloads, applications must use the system file selector, which allows the user to decide which files the digital service can access in use. This means that if we want to send a particular file the tool will only have access to the content that we are going to transfer, and not to the stored folder.
In addition to these options, Android Q will prevent applications from “waking up” or entering activity while they are in the background. If you are in this “sleeping” phase and you need to get the user’s attention quickly, such as when incoming calls or alarms appear, a notification – of high priority – can be activated. In order to reinforce the security of the device, this update will try to limit the access to devise identifiers that can not be restored, that is, the IMEI code of the device, the serial number and other identifiers. And also the software will connect to WiFi networks with random MAC addresses in order to leave no trace.
Adaptable to flexible screens
One of the hottest trends in the telephone industry at the moment is the so-called “flexible mobiles”. A very innovative mobile concept that takes advantage of the malleable characteristics of organic type screens, OLED. The idea behind all this, as they have been able to demonstrate the first prototypes of Samsung and Huawei, is to get a hybrid mobile that is able to double as a book to have, in this way, two formats (mobile and tablet) at the same time.
An incipient reality for which manufacturers have placed great hopes as the future of mobility. Google, owner of the most popular mobile operating system, does not want to lose this opportunity with what Android Q will hide some adaptive functions for this new environment. For the moment, and although it has not yet been possible to analyze its operation, the idea is that the software can be adjusted to the different formats of the interface. It will be something quick and will allow, among other things, that the reproductions or activity within an application be paused at the moment when the device is bending.
More options when sharing
In Android Q, in addition, the action of sharing content or documents will be faster. It will be done through a series of direct shortcuts to a certain function of the application. It can be selected by the users themselves and the idea is that the developers can adapt or propose their own shortcuts in the developments they have planned.
A floating configuration panel invoked from your application can show the system configuration that users may need, such as Internet connectivity, Wi-Fi, NFC, and audio volume. For example, if a service requires the use of Bluetooth and it is not activated the application will suggest that you can do it quickly with a direct icon. So you do not have to abandon the application.
Improvements also in the camera
Although the photographic part depends, in large part of each manufacturer (both software and hardware), Google wants to introduce some aspects that dominate in its own ecosystem. Thus, many cameras can simulate depth of field by blurring the foreground or background in relation to the subject. It is the so-called “bokeh” effect, but from Android Q, applications can request a dynamic depth image consisting of JPEG, XMP metadata related to depth-related elements and a depth map integrated into the same file. It will allow offering specialized blurring options.