Android Q: Everything you need to know

Android Q

Google announced Android 9 Pie on August 6, 2018, and despite being the earliest to be released in recent times, only a handful of devices will have received the OS by the close of the year. In fact, a good chunk of users are still waiting on Android Oreo to arrive over a year down the line, but talks of the next version of Android are already gathering pace.

Since we know Google’s naming scheme, we also know that the next version of the popular OS will be called Android Q, probably version 10.

Related: What inspired Android Pie update?

When will Android Q be released?

  • March 2019 outing expected for the developer preview build
  • May release for the public beta

The last time Google announced a new version of Android OS earlier than August 6 was back in 2012 with respect to Android Jelly Bean. With Android Q, we don’t expect the search giant to relent on its approach to releasing the next version of its OS as early as possible.

With this in mind, we expect to see Android Q developer preview 1 (Android Q DP1) to hit us sometime in mid-March, while the first public beta build could be out somewhere in May 2019, with the stable release to follow at about the same time as Android Pie – August 2019.


Which dessert will Google pick for Android Q?

Now that Android 9 P is officially called Android Pie, the question that’s on many enthusiasts’ minds is what dessert Google will pick for its next version of Android, Q. Honestly, there aren’t so many names that Google can pick from because, letter Q. The likes of Quesadilla, Quiche, and Quinoa are already emerging as fan favorites, but Google also has other options like Quail, Quesito, Qurabiya, Quaker Oats, Quenelle, Quinoa Pudding, and so on.

In short, let the guessing games begin for at the moment, what we know is what you know.

Will my device receive Android Q?

While some might be concerned about the name of the next version of Android Q, what others want to know is whether the OS will be released for their current devices.

At the moment, it’s not easy to tell. Typically, premium phones and a few midrangers receive two major OS upgrades in their lifetime, however, we recently saw OnePlus promising a third major OS upgrade for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. The two came with Android Marshmallow and are currently running Android Oreo, the second major OS upgrade since their 2016 launch. Whether other OEMs will follow this pattern is still early to tell, but with the help of Google Project Treble, we could see a change in future – a future that has Android Q in it.

As to whether your current device will receive Android Q, you can only be sure of this if you own one of those $700+ smartphones that come preinstalled with Android Oreo. But as pointed out, Treble could bring us a new dawn in terms of software updates, where more midrangers (and even budget phones from the likes of Nokia) with Oreo preinstalled will also join the high-end models in receiving Android Q updates.

Related: These devices will receive Android Pie update

What can I expect from Android Q?

The newly launched Android 9 Pie is a major overhaul of the OS as we know it, especially with respect to the user interface. The major highlight is the addition of new gesture controls that are expected to get even better in Android Q.

The fact that Android Pie represents a major change compared to Android Oreo and the versions before gives the impression that Android Q won’t be accompanied by yet another overhaul. Instead, the update will be more of an incremental upgrade building upon the changes introduced in Pie. Still, this doesn’t mean Android Q will be short of nifty features worth looking forward to.


Android Q features [Rumored]

As pointed out at the beginning, we don’t expect Android Q until somewhere in Q1 2019. That’s quite long, meaning there’s still plenty of time to speculate on what’s coming as part of the update. To make things a little easier, we’ve created a table with all the expected (rumored) features in Android Q and while some of them might materialize, we cannot guarantee which ones they are.

Android Q feature What it does
Assisted dialing Automatically adds a given country’s code to a dialed number. Quite a handy feature for international travelers.
Emoji 12.0 (Unicode 12.0) Adds emoji for a deaf person, emoji sequences for a couple holding hands, up to 55 skin tone and gender combinations, service animal vest changes to safety vest, new emoji characters for skunk, axe, a yawning face, kite, sloth, briefs, diving mask, onion, parachute, and more.
Desktop experience (for tablets) Allow users to use the device as a PC via a built-in desktop UI similar to Samsung DeX.
Multi-monitor support Ability to connect to an external monitor and keep using both screens (phone/tablet and monitor) at the same time, much like Samsung is already doing with the Galaxy Note 9 and Tab S4.
Manual Google Drive backups Back up files to Google Drive when on battery power or without Wi-Fi
Vulkan API for UI rendering Depending on how this technology is implemented, the end result could be better battery life as well as smoother animations and menu transitions.
Warning for users running apps whose target OS is Android Lollipop and older Android Q will warn users whenever they have an installed app that was developed to work on Android Lollipop or older operating systems.
Prevent incoming call’s ringtone from playing over a held call When you put a call on hold and in the process, even before you get your phone off the ear, another call comes in, your eardrum might get blasted if the ringtone volume is really high. Android Q will have a feature that prevents your phone’s ringtone from playing for an incoming call just in case there’s another on hold. Cool huh!
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