Android Q: exclusive hands-on with the new features


– The new Beta for Android Q is here and we have the exclusive first look. It’s finally time for Google to do what it does at every Google aisle lately, tell us what all the new
features that are coming to the next version of
Android actually are, and we’ve got ’em right
here on this phone. There’s new gestures. There’s new notification stuff. There’s always that kind of stuff, but Google’s doing some other things that they don’t do every year. So for example, there’s a
new way to get OS updates, and there’s an amazing
feature called live caption. Let’s check it out. So the first features to talk about are probably the ones that
most people are gonna notice, and maybe even be the most excited about. Number one, fan favorite,
everyone’s been waiting. There is finally a dark theme. You just pull down the notification shade. You tap that dark theme button, and ta-da, it’s in dark theme. The thing to notice about dark theme is it has true proper black, so that will help save battery life. If you turn on battery saver, it defaults to turning on the dark theme. Also, a bunch of Google apps
are gonna support it natively, so for example, photos, dark theme. We can go and look at calendar. Now you may have noticed when I was showing you
all those dark theme apps that I was getting around the OS in a completely different way. There was a new gestural
navigation system. Google will try to take a baby step towards it with Android P. With Android Q, it’s
finally going all the way, and it’s not that different
from how an iPhone works, so if you’re inside an app, you
swipe up, it takes you home. Pretty basic. If you’re home and you swipe up, it takes you to the app drawer. But you’ll notice that
all you see on the bottom of this thing is just a little white bar, so how do you go back? Well, you swipe in from
either side of the screen, anywhere on the side of the screen, so if I just swipe in from
the edge of the screen, that serves as a back button. Swipe in from the right
edge of the screen, the arrow shows up, that
serves as a back button, and that new back gesture is interesting because a lot of Android apps have a app drawer over on the left, and now they’re gonna have
to decide if they want the first swipe to open up
the drawer or to just go back. They can decide that app by app. Now, if you want to do multitasking, you’ve got a couple of options. You can still just quickly
swipe along the bottom of where that little home
button lozenge bar thing is, or you can swipe up and over to get into a proper multitasking view where you can swipe
between different apps. So dark theme and the new
gesture navigation system. It’s a thing you’re gonna notice. It’s a thing everyone’s probably
most excited to talk about, but I don’t think they’re
the most important things that Google is doing in Android Q. When it comes to Android updates, the biggest problem’s always
just getting the updates. You never know if your
phone is gonna get it. You gotta wait for all these approvals. It’s a mess, and every year, Google tries something a
little bit different to fix it. This year, they’re trying
something really fascinating. Google is going to start
delivering OS updates, specifically security and privacy updates, not really big giant feature updates via the Google Play store in
the Google Play infrastructure. So I ask Steph Cuthbertson, the Director of Android
to explain it to me. – Project Mainline is
about enabling us to, especially for say those
security sensitive updates to deliver them to you very rapidly. In fact, as rapidly as I
can update a Google app. So let’s say for example, you’ve got a security
sensitive part of the OS, which is where this is
particularly useful. Say media. With Mainline, we can now deliver those updates
directly over the air. – If you don’t have a Google Play phone, say you’re in China or you’ve got some weird knockoff thing. You might miss out on that, although it is an open-source project, so it might also be able
to help those phones too. All that security stuff is great, but you’re probably wondering about the big major feature updates, and whether or not
they’re gonna come faster. – One of the things that we announced in past years was Project Trouble, which is a great advance towards updating, updates and the release, and one of the things that
we’re seeing with Android Q is the update rates have accelerated. In fact, for Q Beta Three,
we’re gonna see 21 devices from 13 OEMs all running Beta Three. – So that’s the update story on Android Q. It’s a little bit of like
they’re getting better on getting it pushed out to
more manufacturers faster, but the bigger deal is
they’re gonna get those security updates pushed out much more quickly to much more phones. Google’s making privacy and security a big part of its push for
Android Q, and I don’t know, they’re gonna have something like 40 or 50 different updates
that are related to that, but the one that you’re probably most likely to see is in settings, there’s a new top level privacy option, and that gives you a bunch of different controls for
managing your data on your phone, and that includes both Google stuff, like clearing your
Google location history, but also permissions on the phone itself. So if you go into the permission manager, it shows you all the different
pieces of data you have. Microphone access, calendar access, call logs, all that stuff, and how many apps had access to it, and you can just dig
in and turn off access for any app individually. – Location reminders are
also a great feature, because you’re also maybe wondering now, which apps did I turn location on for? I’m not sure I remember all of them, and what’s helpful with reminders is in Q, every app that accesses location in Q, it will remind you and say, look, do you want this app
to have location access? So you don’t have to
wonder if there’s some app running in the background
that has that access. – All those permissions
and data privacy changes are super, super important, but they’re are still a few more user facing features to talk about. In notifications, if you get a message from any messaging app, you’ll see that there
are these new buttons you can press to reply to it, and what’s happening here is Android is actually locally on the
device reading that message. Nothing gets shared, and then figuring out how to reply to it. So there’s a context relevant reply like show a time or sure, or there’s a button for open map, so if it sees that there’s
an address in there, you can just tap that open map, and it’ll jump to the
address inside Google Maps. Google’s able to do that
because it’s figured out how to do a bunch of
local machine learning on Android itself right on the device, and there’s another thing
that it can do that it’s just, it’s frankly flat-out amazing. So I’m just gonna open up photos here. I’ve got a presaved
video here from Google. Start watching it, a person here talking, but you can tap this button and once you hit the volume button, and it starts showing you a live caption of what’s being said on the video. You can drag the caption around. Use a double tap to
get more text on there. You can even resize it if you want to. What Android is doing
is locally on the device listening to the video
that’s being played, and then showing you a live caption of what is being said on the video, which is legitimately amazing, but also a real human good if you’re deaf or hard-of-hearing, you’ve got more access to more videos because you can use this in
any app, it doesn’t matter. Also if you’re not, you can still just watch a video and not annoy everybody
else that’s around you by turning the volume up. There’s a new mode called focus mode which is sort of like do
not disturb, but not really. Basically what you can do is you can say, I’m in focus mode now, and turn off these apps that annoy me, and then they get grayed out, and you can’t open them
without a little popup saying you don’t want to open this thing. It’s exactly what I want the digital well-being app timers to be. It keeps you from opening
them instead of waiting ’til you run out of time
when you use them too much, and speaking of that digital
well-being app timer thing, Google is finally integrating its family link software into it, so it’s now combined app
timers digital well-being and parental controls
all in the same space right built into the OS. All right, so after all of that, what do I think of Android Q? Well, we’ll have to review
it to know for sure, but I have two things to say right now. The first is that a lot of the stuff, it just feels a little bit overdue. Better gestures, dark mode, and especially better permissions are things that I wish Google had done one, two, four, five years ago even. So I’m glad they’re finally here, but I wish they had come
a little bit sooner. The second thing is that Android Q doesn’t have any big grandiose huge ideas about what an operating
system on a phone could be. Last year’s Android Pi had all the stuff about slices and actions, blowing up apps, and exploding them all over the interface of the phone, but Q is a little bit more well, it’s honestly it’s iterative, and that iteration is super important, but I don’t think it’s gonna fundamentally change the way that you
think about your phone. Hey everybody, thank you
so much for watching. We’ve got a ton more Google IO content, but I want to know in the comments, what do you think the Q should stand for? I think it should stand for Quibble. – [Man] That’s not a dessert. – You know what? Let’s not argue about silly things.

100 Comments

  1. The Verge said:

    What do you think the Q should stand for?

    May 7, 2019
    Reply
  2. Jacob Alderman said:

    Using android Q right now!

    June 12, 2019
    Reply
  3. Hemanth hy said:

    Redmi note 5 pro got all the feature of Android q even this it's running in android pie… Its Amazing

    June 15, 2019
    Reply
  4. ImBsal said:

    Dark mode? I already have that on my Android P on Nokia 6.1 plus

    June 16, 2019
    Reply
  5. Andrés Cevallos said:

    A lot of user new user interface tweaks have been already implemented by Samsung. Try "One Hand Operation".
    Edit: Also, automatic night mode and blue filter, routines and digital well being.

    June 16, 2019
    Reply
  6. mysecond emailatl said:

    The vertical bar should come up on the right side perhaps like it does on Windows and you swipe from the right side to the left for it to come up you do the other side for the back button or a forward button to come up

    June 16, 2019
    Reply
  7. Ayden Cook said:

    I hope they make the area around the navigation bar transparent

    June 17, 2019
    Reply
  8. Wasim Ta said:

    Thank god i have a redmi note 5 pro n all those features are in this phone already… In miui10… Even though its android P still have those features… And sliding from the either side and holding switches apps cool ri8…

    June 17, 2019
    Reply
  9. TGS said:

    A whole year and that's the result

    June 17, 2019
    Reply
  10. Joben Obeña said:

    Most of these features are in my samsung device already for a while.

    June 18, 2019
    Reply
  11. bilal malik said:

    Multi window

    June 18, 2019
    Reply
  12. Dikka Do said:

    Can you hide that white bar at the bottom of screen?
    I like Samsung One UI can hide the navigation bar, and change it with swap gesture. I hope that will not change in Android Q for S10.

    June 19, 2019
    Reply
  13. Humberto Aleman said:

    since I updated it i'm not able to play clash royale anymore T_T

    June 19, 2019
    Reply
  14. Mitch R said:

    seems like a really small update in terms of UI changes.
    The dark mode is nice, samsung already has it though.

    Would like to see more memory optimizations for the OS ittself.

    June 20, 2019
    Reply
  15. John Charles said:

    Does Q stand for Queso or Quesadilla?

    June 20, 2019
    Reply
  16. Hash said:

    iOS 13 is way better.

    June 20, 2019
    Reply
  17. Abhilasha Rai said:

    Not big improvements for users of android. I believe it can be quiche.

    June 20, 2019
    Reply
  18. Mokyklinukas said:

    Nokia 5 will gets update???

    June 20, 2019
    Reply
  19. Red Band Beta said:

    One plus back gesture gets it right.swipe up bottom left corner . prevents issues with different behaviour in app like android q and iPhone

    June 20, 2019
    Reply
  20. Shinod said:

    Why so some many iZombies in the comments around here?

    June 21, 2019
    Reply
  21. BebéTechManiac 2018 said:

    The Q… Quit, especially if they keep Huawei out. Huawei will blast the Android we know with their own version, you know… Ark or Oak OS.

    June 21, 2019
    Reply
  22. chiranjib bose said:

    I already have most of the feautures you stated above. I am using nokia 6.1 with android pie latest update. Including those app permission list, dark mode on notification bar, settings, calender and others features.

    June 21, 2019
    Reply
  23. ilham rhamadan said:

    okay everything just like iOS now Lol

    June 22, 2019
    Reply
  24. Jordy Pérez said:

    The only security issue that I have is Google.

    June 22, 2019
    Reply
  25. Lek Vol'jin said:

    I need that focus mode

    June 22, 2019
    Reply
  26. Setti k said:

    Android Z dead

    June 22, 2019
    Reply
  27. Mat GG said:

    Kinna disappointed?

    June 23, 2019
    Reply
  28. che eks said:

    dark theme? ice cream sandwich and kitkat already has that wtf android

    (for kitkat the dark mode is half and the default theme is almost full)

    June 23, 2019
    Reply
  29. Aditya Chohan said:

    The back gesture and automatic night mode is already available in Samsung note 8 and all Phones with one ui. Grt and proud to be the user of Samsung

    June 23, 2019
    Reply
  30. sid rajawat said:

    the new gestures are basically pocofone UI

    June 23, 2019
    Reply
  31. Pavithra Kumar said:

    2:41 The irony of Google delivering security and privacy update. Nice try!

    June 23, 2019
    Reply
  32. Narayan Babu said:

    Don't send updates through the google play store

    June 24, 2019
    Reply
  33. Louie Salvador said:

    Android Quake, chocolate sandwich

    June 24, 2019
    Reply
  34. محمد الجزائري said:

    good

    June 24, 2019
    Reply
  35. Limelines said:

    so the p20 pro from huawei has a button explicitly for gestures and fingerprinting… so that you don't have to worry about gestures on the screen messing with the app you're using in ways you don't want it to

    We also have dark mode already.

    Huawei ftw.

    June 25, 2019
    Reply
  36. Bredah said:

    Got a few things to say.
    firstly, I'm deeply depressed my nexus 6p doesn't get to experience any of this, so do I. we got stopped from Android oreo and won't get to experience the new navigation gestures.
    Secondly, whats with the swipe to go back gesture? its not bad in itself, but it's just gonna interfere with almost every Android app, like when I'm playing games. Another common problem would be the navigation drawer that slides from the left? It's not Playstore, play music, snapchat, instagram, pretty much all the apps I use day to day. I can see you tapped the hamburger menu to open it, which is something I never do because it's anti-user-friendly, because I need to reach the top-left corner and some apps dont have that hamburger menu and completely relies on swipe.
    lastly, I dont f—- care what they'll name Android Q but Quorn is alright.

    June 25, 2019
    Reply
  37. Ikhwan Yusuf said:

    "slide at the edge of the screen to go back"
    laughs in MIUI 10

    June 25, 2019
    Reply
  38. Elvisjak said:

    Nice ad Google

    June 25, 2019
    Reply
  39. Cricket, cricket and cricket said:

    Director of Android is beautiful…😍

    June 25, 2019
    Reply
  40. Asit Debata said:

    Which phone you did show here?
    And you didn't mention about any assistant update of android Q.

    June 25, 2019
    Reply
  41. DIVINE SHOTRU said:

    Copying iOS

    June 25, 2019
    Reply
  42. Acrd. said:

    My OnePlus 5t already has a dark theme 😎

    June 25, 2019
    Reply
  43. Dal A. said:

    the gestures is already available at huawei phones on pie.

    June 26, 2019
    Reply
  44. Muhammad Ameer said:

    doesn't look elegant

    June 26, 2019
    Reply
  45. Enderminion Playz said:

    What desert starts with q because Google is hungry for deserts

    June 26, 2019
    Reply
  46. George Minchev said:

    "finally what everyone's been waiting for: a dark theme!!!"
    laughs in Samsung one ui

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  47. Randolp Ascano said:

    Most of these is in MIUI

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  48. Ayush Singh said:

    Dark theme was present in pie

    June 28, 2019
    Reply
  49. Happy Pupper said:

    I had a bad feeling that the director of Android has an iPhone :/

    June 29, 2019
    Reply
  50. Adel Farouk said:

    I don't see anything worth liking.

    June 29, 2019
    Reply
  51. Park Manoban Daughter said:

    Watching on a iPhone

    June 30, 2019
    Reply
  52. Daniel Villeda said:

    Dark theme is nice but for Samsung's users is not new, we have already dark theme…

    June 30, 2019
    Reply
  53. Nishant Parikh said:

    I am waiting for the new version on my OnePlus 6t

    July 1, 2019
    Reply
  54. Aris Tocratic said:

    Nokia 3310 with Android Q

    July 1, 2019
    Reply
  55. Sateesh Patil said:

    Permission! I already have it on my Samsung.

    July 2, 2019
    Reply
  56. Sachin Pal said:

    Most of the features are already in my Huawei's EMUI.

    July 2, 2019
    Reply
  57. Devalla Sai Charan said:

    The gesture system is same as MIUI10 on Xiaomi.

    July 2, 2019
    Reply
  58. ArjunTheGamer said:

    Hu.. it's miui full screen gursers copy

    July 2, 2019
    Reply
  59. Berkutschi said:

    6:17 is he trying to skip some of the video?

    July 3, 2019
    Reply
  60. 許哲豪 said:

    every one want to make update be esaily,windows, what are you doing??

    July 4, 2019
    Reply
  61. Rhio Raye De Vera said:

    Google: Presents the Android Q
    Apple: Atleast we have a screen recorder

    July 5, 2019
    Reply
  62. bulitz ecroz said:

    Qid. How about QED?

    I am löÖking forward to Android Q system-wide dark mode. Play books/E-book has no dark mode yet; been waiting for it. 👌🏿

    July 6, 2019
    Reply
  63. Xiao Mi said:

    I will go for ARK OS anyway

    July 7, 2019
    Reply
  64. Bogdan Draghici said:

    They should've done a navigation pill, not a navigation bar. I have a Motorola with the same feature and it looks half-baked since it sacrifices screen estate… We have to wait for android r (or latter) to fix it… navigation is getting better but it's a long way to go.

    July 8, 2019
    Reply
  65. Miku Hatsune said:

    This Android Update is similar to EMUI 9.0 Update in Huawei

    July 8, 2019
    Reply
  66. KHALED AlMutairi said:

    True fact : Android is nothing without Samsung and Huawei

    July 8, 2019
    Reply
  67. Actionjac1 said:

    One Plus has had dark mode for a while.

    July 9, 2019
    Reply
  68. Matthias Rambally said:

    Apple and MIUI gestures lol
    And dark theme from one UI and Oxygen OS
    How original

    July 9, 2019
    Reply
  69. Rickle Pick said:

    Android Quentin? Since we're going through the alphabet now???

    July 9, 2019
    Reply
  70. Ch'ng Sean Eu said:

    i just need the phone call show the time and date instead of 2 mins ago, 22 hours ago. add on the speed dial, and T9 on the phone pad from 1~9. that would be more user friendly compare with existing design of UI.

    July 12, 2019
    Reply
  71. Arthur Vinicius said:

    im still testing it today on my Pixel 2 xl and looks amazing

    July 13, 2019
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  72. federico acosta said:

    android Q have mayor upgrades (maybe thanks to google pixel phones) compare to the previus upgrades…looks solid and with a lot of features that u dont see, but are in background to make a ultimate experience

    July 15, 2019
    Reply
  73. Rukia Kuchiki said:

    U think Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite will get this?

    July 15, 2019
    Reply
  74. Saitama said:

    Android Q? My phone just got pie!

    July 16, 2019
    Reply
  75. Stig said:

    Miui, emui, oxygen os already have some of those features

    July 18, 2019
    Reply
  76. Bali Mushroom said:

    White bar? Isn't the features like the iphone?

    July 23, 2019
    Reply
  77. Corbin Handley said:

    Its good got it on my pixel

    July 24, 2019
    Reply
  78. Vishal Singh said:

    I already have gesture navigation, permission manager, dark mode (via 3rd party apps), quick message replies via notification 5:10

    July 26, 2019
    Reply
  79. Muhammad Rahadiansyah said:

    I'm going to unironically say that most of these features are already on Samsung's One UI. As usuall.

    July 27, 2019
    Reply
  80. Vinuthan Vijay said:

    you forgot the Desktop OS convergence support in Q

    July 27, 2019
    Reply
  81. Dasrix said:

    Lmao I use OxygenOS and I have legit zero things to look for in android Q. Already have all these features

    July 28, 2019
    Reply
  82. Lg Marquez said:

    I don't like the gesture navigation I want to keep my OnePlus gestures… hopefully OnePlus doesn't take that from my OnePlus 7 Pro 😭

    July 28, 2019
    Reply
  83. Sam Johns said:

    Thank christ the back swipe is coming… had to bring my Pixel 3a back to the store as it annoyed me so much on the twitter app

    July 29, 2019
    Reply
  84. Akhshay Srinivasan said:

    Hey verge, a few suggestions to Google :

    – Need the close bar in the recent menu at the bottom ;
    – double tap on the home screen n' lock screen and ;
    – finally no stoppage of updates to its predecessors.

    July 31, 2019
    Reply
  85. Help me reach 600 subscribers with no videos said:

    My s8 will most likely not get android q but I'm lucky that it has one ui. It has most of the q features.

    July 31, 2019
    Reply
  86. John Gordon Norris said:

    But. Is there going to be a 1 + 8 pro very soon?? Or a Huawei P50 pro, for even more competition worldwide?! Mmm. I just Can't Wait.

    August 1, 2019
    Reply
  87. Vinayak Jaiswal said:

    Lineage os16 is better as it is trying to give update monthly

    August 1, 2019
    Reply
  88. Dave Soodeen said:

    aww..huawei already has that feature.

    August 2, 2019
    Reply
  89. Amaan Dehlvi said:

    Amazing upgrade but still not there.

    August 3, 2019
    Reply
  90. ストリートホーク said:

    "all of this is done in the device, securely"
    Sure… Because Google has always been up front about the information they gather and she'll about you…

    August 6, 2019
    Reply
  91. Dr. 47 said:

    Android Q's New Features :

    Custom Roms: Am a i joke to you?

    August 6, 2019
    Reply
  92. Iyas Massoud said:

    Quesadilla!

    August 8, 2019
    Reply
  93. Akhshay Srinivasan said:

    Q stands for Question 😀

    August 9, 2019
    Reply
  94. ALSAHAFI13 said:

    Q should stand for Qatayef. Arabic dessert made of sweet dumpling filled with cream.

    August 9, 2019
    Reply
  95. Badr Haddy said:

    The new security things are cool, but it just seems fishy that Google, who enjoys stealing data lol, would do that

    August 11, 2019
    Reply
  96. Shane Kräuchi said:

    I can change the app permissions already. I don't get how that's a "new" thing.

    August 12, 2019
    Reply
  97. Negative Vizion said:

    I just got Pie and now Q is coming out soon. Wish major OS updates only came around once every 2 or 3 years instead. IOS included.

    August 13, 2019
    Reply
  98. Francis Gibbons said:

    Dieter how did you get background images on your calendar widget?

    August 13, 2019
    Reply
  99. s0ur4pplem4rtini said:

    All that and STILL no AM/PM by the clock.

    August 14, 2019
    Reply
  100. bakalem reda said:

    oh yes ! good doesnt copy apple

    August 14, 2019
    Reply

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