The beta version of the new Android 10 Q software is available to download now.
Google has announced new features for the highly anticipated system update that include a new “Dark Theme” mode and a live captions for videos feature, which can turn the audio of any video into onscreen text.
Google has announced a new “Dark Theme” for Android[/caption]
Android Q is the upcoming 1oth major release and the 17th version of the Android mobile operating system.
It should be officially available for all Android users sometime this autumn and is said to be the first operating system to support 5G.
Google recently announced that the third beta version of Android Q was available for people to download and test on more devices that any before.
The tech giant has said that this third beta version of the upcoming software is not only focused on innovation but also security, privacy and digital well being.
Android Q will have a video feature that allows any audio to automatically become subtitles, which you can move anywhere on the screen or turn off[/caption]
All the devices that Android Q beta can be downloaded on
You can now test this version on more devices than ever before…
- Asus ZenFone 5Z
- Essential Phone
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro
- LGE G8, Nokia 8.1
- OnePlus 6T
- Oppo Reno
- Realme 3 Pro
- Sony Xperia XZ3
- Tecno Spark 3 Pro
- Vivo X27
- Vivo Nex S
- Vivo Nex A
- Xiaomi Mi 9
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
- Google Pixel 3
- Google Pixel 3 XL
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
Due to popular demand, Android Q will have a dark mode that Google is calling “Dark Theme”, which turns the interface on the phone from white to black.
This feature has been seen before on other devices and is supposed to help save battery life and make it easier for users to go on their devices in the dark.
The gestural navigation system, or how users swipe on the screen to move around features on the phone, is also being updated.
Privacy and security on Android will be getting a revamp and users can now control and limit things such as when and who can access their location data.
‘Live Caption’ is potentially the most impressive feature coming to Android as it involves the real time transcription of video audio into captions.
This feature will work in any app so you could technically have all of your Instagram stories contain subtitles.
Google has stressed that none of the transcription data will be collected or stored.
How to get Android Q?
If you can’t wait for the official Android Q update to come to all Android phones then you can download the beta version on one of the 21 devices listed above.
Each of the companies who have partnered with Google for this have explanations about how to download the beta version on their particular devices on their websites.
For Google Pixel devices, users can enrol in the Android Beta for Pixel program by visiting g.co/androidbeta.
Once you’ve enrolled a device it will receive the latest beta updates over WiFi, including the final release.
How to live caption videos with Android Q?
Tap the volume button either up or down.
The onscreen volume slider appear will appear and you’ll need to tap the icon below it.
Play the video.
When the live transcription appears, you can drag the text box and move it around the screen.
Optionally, tap the text box to make it bigger.
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In other news, Google Chrome gained its own ‘Dark Mode’ feature fairly recently, which turns app dark for nighttime viewing.
Apple may be adding a new swipe-to-type function for iPhone keyboards in the next big update.
And, Samsung is working on an Android phone with a camera that can be hidden underneath your smartphone’s display.
Are you excited for the official release of Android Q? Let us know in the comments…