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EMUI 10/Android 10 Q: Latest news, rumors, and eligible devices [Updated]

Huawei has announced its first list of EMUI 10 or Android 10 Q compatible device. This is good news for every Huawei/Honor device owner because the company revealed the list before any other company. It means there will be more list of EMUI 10 compatible device in the future.

How to download Android Q beta on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro

There’s a possibility that Huawei could release stable Android 10 Q-based EMUI 10 update for its eligible devices just after the official announcement of Google’s Android 10 Q.

Eligible devices: A list of devices that will get the EMUI 10 update based on Android 10 Q

[Update 3: P30 and P30 Pro will surely get Android Q/EMUI 10: Huawei]

[Update 2: Breaking: Huawei officially confirmed 17 devices for Android Q/EMUI 10 update]

[Update 1: Google once again added the Mate 20 Pro on Android Q Beta Page]

Google previously removed the Mate 20 Pro from the list of Android Q beta eligible page.

EMUI 10: Release date

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 7: The third Android Q beta has launched
  • June 6: The fourth Android Q beta has launched
  • 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:

Live Caption

Live Caption brings real-time captions to media on your phone – videos, podcasts, and audio messages, across any app—even stuff you record yourself. Best of all, it doesn’t even require a network connection — everything happens on the device, thanks to a breakthrough in speech recognition that we made earlier this year. The live speech models run right on the phone, and no audio stream ever leaves your device.

A great example is a Live Caption, a new feature in Android Q that automatically captions media playing on your phone.

Many people watch videos with captions on — the captions help them keep up, even when on the go or in a crowded place. But for 466 million Deaf and Hard of Hearing people around the world, captions are more than a convenience — they make content accessible.

Dark Mode

Many users prefer apps that offer a UI with a dark theme they can switch to when light is low, to reduce eye strain and save battery. Users have also asked for a simple way to enable dark theme everywhere across their devices. The dark theme has been a popular request for a while, and in Android Q, it’s finally here.

Starting in Android Q Beta 3, users can activate a new system-wide dark theme by going to Settings > Display, using the new Quick Settings tile, or turning on Battery Saver.

This changes the system UI to dark and enables the dark theme of apps that support it. Apps can build their own dark themes, or they can opt-in to a new Force Dark feature that lets the OS create a dark version of their existing theme.

Gesture navigation

In Android Q we’re introducing a new fully gestural navigation mode that eliminates the navigation bar area and allows apps and games to use the full screen to deliver their content. It retains the familiar Back, Home, and recent navigation through edge swipes rather than visible buttons.

Users can switch to gestures in Settings > System > Gestures. There are currently two gestures: Swiping up from the bottom of the screen takes the user to the Home screen, holding brings up Recents. Swiping from the screen’s left or right edge triggers the Back action.

Notification

Long-press on a notification and, if you’re allowed to, you can set the app to either “Interruptive” or “Gentle” notifications:

You’ll also note that the ability to snooze notifications is now gone. It’s unclear if this is a temporary move from Google, or whether that little trick—previously accessible by slowly swiping left or right on a notification and tap the clock icon—has been removed permanently in favor of the new Interruptive/Gentle treatment.

Deep Press

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.”

Privacy

New to Android Q is an updated “Privacy” section that’s been pulled into the main portion of Google’s Settings app. Within this, you’ll find “Permission Manager,” formerly “App permissions” in the Apps & notifications portion of versions prior to Android Q.

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.

Bubbles

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.

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.”

Desktop mode:

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.

Improved settings

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.

Improved AOD

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.

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.

Additionally:

  • 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.
  • Incognito mode for Google Maps
  • The speedier “next-generation” Google Assistant
  • Google Assistant’s new “Driving Mode”
  • Digital Wellbeing improvements, including a new “Focus” mode and “Family Link,” which lets parent limit specific apps and even reward their kids with “bonus time.”
  • Smart Reply – In Android Q’s final release, you should be able to send Smart Replies in response to anything you receive on any messaging app.

That’s just a very early look at some of the new features coming to Android Q or EMUI 10.

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