Dark Mode is coming in Android Q

Posted May 08, 2019

Users will likely adore the new "dark mode" that blends in better with most cars.

Android Auto is getting a mini update ahead of Google's I/O conference. With Assistant's new Driving Mode, which is also coming this summer, you only need to say "Hey Google, let's drive", and your handset will immediately serve up a list of relevant notifications and actions, from friends and family to call, to a link to the last podcast you were listening to, so you can hop right back into it once you're in the vehicle. However, by figuring out to how to reduce the size its speech recognition library to under half a gigabyte, Google has made it possible for the Assistant will be able to respond to voice commands completely using on-device, without the need to ping the cloud.

As for Digital Wellbeing, Google says that 90% of Android device owners who use the app follow through on their app timer goals.

Low-level changes. Android Q is also bringing a long list of low-level changes and improvements to the platform, including Improved peer-to-peer and internet connectivity, Wi-Fi performance modes, full support for Wi-Fi RTT accurate indoor positioning, audio playback capture, dynamic depth for photos, and much, much more.

You can see Live Caption in action by watching the video below. There are now two gestures: Swiping up from the bottom of the screen takes the user to the Home screen, holding brings up Recents. With Android Q, you will always receive a notification when a device tries to access your location. Google Assistant Driving Mode allows you to mount your phone on the dashboard and then load up the Assistant app.

As expected, Android Q will also be featuring an updated gesture-based navigation experience. When you are done, you can resume all other apps. With the Map open, you'll get music controls at the bottom.

"Finally, we're introducing a way for you to get the latest security and privacy updates, faster". If you're already running Beta 2, you will get Beta 3 via system update normally.

Android Q is also ready for the next wireless innovations, such as 5G and folding displays.

For reference, Android Auto now looks like this.