The next version of the smartphone operating system Android gets support for phones with foldable displays as well as better privacy settings. Among other things, users will be able to determine more accurately when an app may know their whereabouts, as Google announced for the launch of the first beta version of Android Q.
In the future, as with Apple’s iPhone, users will be able to specify that an app can only access their whereabouts when it’s being used. Previously, the granted approval on Android was without restrictions, so that apps could basically access the GPS data, if they were active in the background.
New tools for folding smartphones
For the new device class of smartphones, whose displays can be unfolded to the size of small tablets, Google gives the app developers Android Q additional software tools in hand. The main thing is to keep an application running when changing the screen size or from display to display.
Different Concepts on Falt Smartphones
Android needs to support two fundamentally different concepts of Auffalt smartphones. Thus, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold two screens: one can unfold like a book to tablet size and is not visible in the folded state, whereas another small display takes on the outside of the smartphone features. When Huawei’s competition model Mate X , the screen remains on the outside when folding and can be used alternately from both sides at half size.
Other new features of Android Q include direct access for apps to depth of field settings of the camera. More details on Android Q are expected at the Google I / O developer conference in May, before the software will be rolled out later this year.