Huawei has confirmed that Android Q will be available for its smartphones. And now according to leaks, EMUI 10 will be based on Android Q.
This first look comes courtesy of FunkyHuawei.club, a service which lets you update, rebrand or bootloader unlock your Huawei or Honor device for a fee. He has shared a method on our forums that lets you install a pre-release EMUI 10 build on the Huawei P30 Pro for those of you who are feeling adventurous.
The overall user interface doesn’t see too many changes visually, with XDA noting that the launcher, status bar, Quick Settings, notifications, and Settings are all identical to EMUI 9.1. In the Settings menu, though, the new permission controls from Android Q are present in EMUI 10 including the useful “only while in use” location permission. It’s also noted that the camera UI has been slightly changed.
Currently, there is no official confirmation about the name of next OS version but it will probably be called EMUI 10. Also, there are no official words on the features and its release date. What we know here is Huawei releases its own OS version based on Google’s latest Android version every year – EMUI shares most of the features of the latest Android version but it comes with few additional features which don’t come with the Google’s Android. Now, we are breaking out the details.
Huawei announced Android 9.0 Pie-based EMUI 9.0 at IFA 2018 in September in Berlin. The EMUI 9.0 based on the Android 9.0 Pie came pre-installed on the Huawei Mate 20 series. For your information, Google officially announced the final release of Android 9.0 under the title “Pie” on August 6, 2018.
Now the important question – When will we see the EMUI 10 for the very first time? The EMUI 10 will be there in September 2019. It’s because Huawei announced the EMUI 9.0 in September 2018, after one month of Android 9.0 Pie release, which was August 2018.
Google has released the second Android Q beta update. You can expect the final version of the Android 10 Q in August 2019, just like last year, according to Google’s official developer beta timeline.
Android Q release timeline:
- March 13: The first Android Q beta has launched
- April 10: The second Android Q beta has launched
- May: Android Q beta 3
- June: Android Q beta 4
- July: Beta 5 and beta 6
- August: The final release
EMUI 10 FEATURES
Google officially confirmed a bunch of features coming with the Android Q. It’s unclear if they’re all available in the first release, but at least we know some of what’s coming. According to Google, the Android Q will come with the following features:
Android Q will switch to a desktop mode when you connect your phone to an external monitor. You’ll be able to use free from multi-windows to open and move apps anywhere on the screen.
The next OS update will include support for “Deep Press” interactions on the screen. The idea is that you’ll be able to activate separate actions by pressing harder on the screen. It’s different to a regular short press, or a long press, in that it’s based on how hard you press.
“The current even stream represents the user intentionally pressing harder on the screen. This classification type should be used to accelerate the long press behavior.”
In the next OS update, Google offering new app permissions that give you more control over the amount of information you share with apps.
For example, apps now need explicit permission to track your location in the background. With features like runtime permissions, you can only allow access to location when an app is running, limiting the amount of information that particular app can gather in the background.
Foldable phone support
This helps get apps and games to support foldable phones. According to Google: “To help your apps to take advantage of these and other large-screen devices, we’ve made a number of improvements in Android Q, including changes to onResume and onPause to support multi-resume and notify your app when it has focus. We’ve also changed how the resizeableActivity manifest attribute works, to help you manage how your app is displayed on foldable and large screens.”
With Android Q, you’ll see a floating settings UI pane that can be automatically triggered by apps. For example, if Chrome detects that the Wi-Fi network doesn’t have connectivity, it’ll show a settings window with options for Wi-Fi, mobile data, and airplane mode. The feature is designed to make it easier to change settings without leaving an app.
Share content fast
Sharing Shortcuts lets you quickly jump into another app to share content, with the share menu now loading instantly. It’s an evolution of how App Shortcuts worked in Pie and should make it that much easier to share content. From Google:
“Developers can publish share targets that launch a specific activity in their apps with content attached, and these are shown to users in the share UI. Because they’re published in advance, the share UI can load instantly when launched.”
Share WiFi with QR codes
With Android Q, you’ll be able to easily share your Wi-Fi details via a QR code. When you select a network name to view more details about the connection, you’ll see an option to share the Wi-Fi details using a QR code.
Always On Display is getting a few tweaks with Android Q. The battery indicator is now located at the top right of the display instead of the bottom, and you’ll be able to see currently playing music.
Bubbles are a new feature in Android Q. With bubbles users can easily multi-task from anywhere on their device. Bubbles are built into the Notification system. They float on top of other app content and follow the user wherever they go. Bubbles can be expanded to reveal app functionality and information and can be collapsed when not being used.
Dual SIM Dual Standby
Google has offered eSIM support on the Pixels for a few years, but you couldn’t use the eSIM and the physical SIM at the same time. It looks like that’s changing with Android Q, with the Pixel 3 now offering Dual SIM, Dual Standby compatibility. That means you can use the eSIM and physical SIM in a dual SIM configuration, but only one can be in active use.
- Google is including limits on the access apps will have to photos, videos, audio, and downloaded files on devices.
- Android Q will have more control over how apps resume and pause when running in the background.
- A new Settings Panel API that’ll let developers push a pop-menu for settings like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC, so users won’t have to exit apps to go to settings and back.
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