The fifth Android Q developer preview is here! The first and second developer previews may not have brought a ton of user-facing changes, but that’s certainly not the case for Android Q beta 3. A system-wide dark mode, a new gesture navigation system, and much more have been added to the latest preview of Android Q. The fourth beta build was much more about refining Android Q. Instead of shaking things up, Google decides to introduce new theme colors, slightly tweaked icons, and more. Now, Google is rolling out the fifth Q beta. This month, the Android beta focuses on improving gestures. On top of making things smoother, Google is introducing “handles” to make it easier for users to trigger the Assistant while using gestures and more. Here are all the changes we’ve been able to find so far. Further reading: How to install Android Q on your phone right now Android Q Beta 5 Google Assistant “handles” As mentioned by Google in the Android Q … [Read more...] about Everything new in the fifth Android Q developer preview
The third Android Q developer preview is here! The first and second developer previews may not have brought a ton of user-facing changes, but that’s certainly not the case for Android Q beta 3. A system-wide dark mode, a new gesture navigation system, and much more have been added to the latest preview of Android Q. Here are all the changes we’ve been able to find so far.Further reading: How to install Android Q on your phone right nowAndroid Q Beta 3 System-wide dark theme Google added a system-wide dark theme to Android Q! You can toggle it on or off in the settings menu, or by tapping the Dark Theme quick setting. By doing so, your notification shade, app drawer, home screen folders, settings menu, and much more will turn almost completely black. Some apps will abide by Android Q’s dark theme, others will not. If you want everything dark all the time, there’s a way to do that. An all-new gesture system Google yet again revamped gestures in Android Q. … [Read more...] about Everything new in the third Android Q developer preview
The first Android Q developer preview is here! While it might not seem like there are many user-facing changes in the first Android Q beta, we’ve actually found quite a few. Here are all the little (and big) changes we’ve found in Android Q so far. Further reading: How to install Android Q on your phone right nowAccent colors and theming options default blue purple green black It’s been a long time coming, but Android Q finally (finally!) supports different accent colors. In the developer settings at the very bottom, you’ll find a new “theming” section with three options: Accent color, Headline / Body font, and Icon shape. You now have the choice between four accent colors: default blue, green, black, and purple. Choosing the Headline / Body font option in your settings menu will allow you to choose between the device default font (the one shown in the images above) and Noto Serif / Source Sans Pro. Here’s what it looks … [Read more...] about Everything new in the first Android Q developer preview
Google just released the first Android O Developer Preview! For real, though, it’s here! Android O will introduce new features by way of background limits on apps (think battery life boost), notification channels (more control over notifications), picture-in-picture, adaptive icons, autofill in apps, and more. Full details on what’s new can be found here. UPDATE: Want to see all of the little changes in Android O? We’re compiling those at this post. The new version of Android will run through four preview versions, with preview 2 hitting in mid-May, preview 3 in mid-June, preview 4 likely some time in August, and then the final release in Q3. It’s a similar schedule to last year’s Android N preview program. The first Android O Developer Preview is available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Nexus Player. You can download the Preview 1 images right here. Instructions on how to flash a factory image can be found here. Android O is … [Read more...] about Android O Developer Preview Released and Now Available!
Android P is now available in a first Developer Preview! It’s currently available to the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. This is the first Android P build and is labeled as an “alpha” release. It’s for developers here, rather than you and I with our daily phones. In other words, you probably shouldn’t flash this as there could be plenty of stuff that is broken. This is not a beta, so this isn’t available in the Android Beta Program. Android P Developer Preview 1 Release Notes Date: March 2018 The current schedule for Android P Developer Preview shows a preview 2 arrival in May (at Google I/O), followed by preview 3 in June, preview 4 in July, preview 5 shortly after, and then a stable release in Q3. You can download the Preview 1 images right here. Instructions on how to flash a factory image can be found here. MORE ANDROID P: Android P’s Fun New Features: An Updating List Here’s Everything New in Android P (Developer … [Read more...] about First Android P Developer Preview Released and Now Available!