Android Q Beta

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    vbetts Don Vincenzo Staff Member

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    This is not including any custom roms that might be out there, this is strictly officially supported devices for the Android Q Beta.

    If you want to test out Android Q and have a compatible device, you can.

    A list of supported devices here through Google or their partner https://developer.android.com/preview/devices
    Pixel 3a series is also eligible.

    Android Q brings in a number of changes, including a system wide dark mode and new gesture navigation that more relates to iOS gesture navigation.

    https://developer.android.com/preview
     
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    vbetts Don Vincenzo Staff Member

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    Reserved post for my time with Android Q on the Pixel 3a

    So having been an adopter of the Pixel 3a since launch, my time with pure stock Android has been amazing to say the least. May not look as polished as some other releases, but stock Android is completely clean. But let's go over my experience from moving to Pie to Q Beta 5.

    Q Beta 5 is the first release candidate for Q final release. This was the only reason why I decided to take the plunge as my daily driver.

    Looks
    New icons here and there, text looks a little different, overall it's the same feel. Until you get to using Dark mode. Android Pie on the Pixel has a night mode, but this system wide dark mode takes it. If your app has a dark mode, it should automatically default to dark mode. I don't believe I have any, so I am just going to be using system applications for examples.
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    Except Messenger and the Play Store, which do not have dark mode themes. I'm going to chop this up as it's still in beta being why there is not, but I'm really hoping Google does not ship the final version without these dark mode themes.

    Features
    Android Q has a few new features, A lot of it being background changes in development. Dark mode is one, but another is navigation styles. Android Q has 3 different navigation styles, classic 3 button nav, 2 button nav with gesture from Android Pie, and full on gesture.
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    Neat way of navigating. It was different as first, but when you get used to it it's really nice. You swipe up to go home, you swipe up and hold to see your running apps, if you have multiple apps running you can swipe from the bottom left to right or bottom right to left to quickly switch through the apps, and to go back you just swipe anywhere from the left edge of the screen to the right and you go back. You can swipe up from either corner to access Google Assistant as well. I really like this method of navigation, it's simple and clean. It does take some getting used to, but when you do get it down it's nice. There is no beta version of the new Android Auto yet.

    Performance
    Let me just say first that this being in Beta, except some issues. Google even has a known issues section on their page for Beta 5. That being said, I have not had any major hiccups or restarts. Performance seems pretty solid so far. If you play games on your phone, you have an option of default drivers, or Game performance drivers you can either set as default for all apps, or set per app. Games like Fortnite and Pubg mobile I notice the same averages, but a lot less random spikes with the Game performance drivers. Dragon Ball Legends though, I see a huge decrease in loading time with Game performance drivers. Emulators though like Dolphin and Drastic, I did see a performance hit on Android Q using either the default or Game Performance drivers.
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    Here is a Geekbench score running Android Pie. https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/13941787 Relative performance.

    Battery Life
    I'm not a huge tester of battery life honestly, all I know is on both Pie and Q so far about the same. From daily moderate usage, I get about a day's worth and usually end up around the 30-40% mark at the end of the day. Not bad.

    Overall, I am really impressed so far with Android Q. It does not bring any major performance upgrade(not that it is needed with specs of phones now), but definitely brings in a nice face lift to give Android Q a more polished clean look. Definitely it is worth checking out if you want to try this on your device.
     
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