Android Q- Exclusive Features, Version, Release Date and Everything To Know About

Android has announced its latest OS named Android Q.

But what do you think about this new OS version from Android? As of now, users are yet to get the update of Android Pie (9.0) on their phones and still rolling.

But the latest news is that Android Q is already set to release. Users are still waiting to see what unique features Android Pie has and now developers of Android have once again surprised users by announcing its new OS named Android Q (or Android 10).

According to XDA-Developers, it has done some experiments and tried to install this new feature on Google Pixel 3 XL which has confirmed a few AMAZING features.

Previously, Google released Android 9 Pie on August 6, 2018, and still now, users are waiting to get it on their devices. It’s almost half a year and again Google is about to release its new version.

What will be in this new Android Q version, what will be the name and when it will be released is a rumored till now. But we will see some of the features that users will get in this.

So let’s have a look at those new features of Android Q.

Android Q Features

Though, there can be several unique and unexpected features can be seen but here you will see some of the best and AMAZING features.

System-wide dark mode

You can expect a system-wide dark mode in Android Q and it doesn’t seem to be actual ‘dark mode’ because almost every supported app has dark mode enabled. It’s rumored to occur in Android Q and users are just eagerly waiting to experience it.

dark mode

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There is no difficulty in enabling this dark mode feature as only you have to move to Display Settings and then set dark mode. Even an option is allowed for users to select an Automatic change of system theme from light to dark mode and vice-versa.

Samsung DeX-like Desktop Mode

In this new Android OS, ‘force desktop mode’ was found which is an interesting Developer option. Its states as “force experimental desktop mode on secondary displays”.  It almost sounds like > a Samsung DeX or EMUI feature.

Though it’s not showing much effect let us see what will it give to the user when it is officially released.

samsung dex

Location permissions

You can see some new changes in Android Q in-app permission requests. It’s always a big concern about privacy for users and with Android Q, it seems that Google is implementing some extra and unique features to help you understand the app permissions and give you more control over the apps.

In the Settings page, a “Permission usage” shows that which apps have used how much permission.

Just for example, you have to give access to your location app, and in Android Q, it’s easy to set the app only to access that particular location when in use.

Though this seems to be a little change of course, it gives you more power over who accesses your data.

Carrier restriction in Android Q

It’s always exciting to know what Google provides its users with new OS and this time too. This time, some new features are expected to come in the Android platform, which will give users a little bit of excitement compared to before.

According to 9to5Google, a new code was added named “Carrier restriction enhancements for Android Q”.

In this new restriction, what carriers can do using SIM cards in the phone are listed below:

  • All blacklist networks phone will be stopped from using
  • Only whitelist networks can connect to it
  • If the phones are dual SIM then carriers will have the option to deactivate the second SIM when the primary is not approved SIM

However, it’s still too early to say all these features, and to get finally, you have to wait for its official release of Android Q.


On the accessibility page, two new things have been added named Time to take action and Time to read.

In Time to Take Action, you will have to select “how long to show messages ask to take action for but only visible temporarily”.


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Whereas the Time to Read feature allows you to select “how much time you wish to read and take action on those messages that go off automatically”.

The latter one seems to be like a heads-up notification that occurs with Android 5.0 Lollipop whereas the former one refers to snack bars.

Screen recording

Another important feature that might come with Android Q is screen recording. It will be operated the as same taking screenshots that is by holding the Power button down.

Though this might not seem you a big change it can help you a lot in explaining to your parents how to use an Android phone or do something about it.

It simply means that you can easily record your Android screen, show how you do it and then it will be easy to send the clip to anyone.

When Android Q will be released?

Everyone just waits for the moment when Google will officially release its Android OS version and the same is with Android Q.

It is expected to be released in March 2019 for developer preview and for public beta, it might release in May.


As earlier, Android P was released in August 2018 but with Android Q, Google will release ASAP according to the source. In the middle of March, Android Q will be available for developer preview and somewhere in May 2019, the first public beta may come out.

What will Android Q be named?

Now, a big question arises here about the name behind Android Q. What will be the name is a big concern for users and everyone expecting to experience it on their devices.

This is a very important question because users will know about the features but difficult to guess the name behind Android’s new OS version.

As it is already known Google always uses some typical names for its OS version. So far, we have seen a lot such as:

  • Android Donut (v1.6)
  • Android Eclair (v2.0)
  • Android Froyo (v2.2)
  • Android Gingerbread (v2.3)
  • Android Honeycomb (v3.0)
  • Android Ice Cream Sandwich (v4.0)
  • Android Jelly Bean (v4.1)
  • Android KitKat (v4.4)
  • Android Lollipop (v5.0)
  • Android Marshmallow (v6.0)
  • Android Nougat (v7.0)
  • Android Oreo (v8.0)
  • Android Pie (v9.0)

Now it’s almost clear that Google is following the alphabetical order in its OS. Previously, Android Pie was named Android P. Before that, Android Oreo was released named Android O, and this year, it’s Android Q.

Here are a few names that might interest you or maybe the names might come with this new version. All these are desserts named and maximum are from outside of the US.

  • Android Qurabiya
  • Android Quindim
  • Android Queen of Puddings
  • Android Qottab
  • Android Question
  • Android Queijadinha
  • Android Quirks

Google could always bend the rules and do something less sweet, such as:

  • Android Quinoa
  • Android Quail
  • Android Quesadilla
  • Android Quiche

Will I receive Android Q on my phone?

Most users are willing to know about Android Q features, when will be released, and what will be the name for it whereas many of them are confused about whether their devices will receive this new OS or not.

It’s an important question that users should be concerned about. But frankly telling, it’s difficult to say now because its too early to say anything confidently.


Generally, premium phones and some midrange devices receive almost two major updates of OS in a lifetime. If you remember OnePlus has promised about a third major OS upgrade from its OnePlus 3 and 3T.

Both devices came with Marshmallow and now it’s running on Android Oreo. Now this change will be done from Google’s side or not is difficult to say but it’s expected to see some change in the future in which Android Q be the OS for.

For your better understanding, I will only say that if your phone is running with preinstalled Android Oreo then there is a chance of getting an update of this new OS.

But you should also know that Google Treble can bring some new dawn in terms of software updates where midrange devices or even budget phones that have Oreo preinstalled will come in the field to receive Android Q updates.

Wrap Up

So all in whole, Android users always wait for any new OS to launch and as of now, it’s a confirmation from Google that Android Q will be officially released in the next few months. But for public users, you have to wait for a few months as well.

However, there are more to come and now it will be too early to say anything about what will happen and how exciting the features will be for users.

Let’s see how this new Android Q will attract users and what effect it will have on Android devices.

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