Earlier today, a redditor claimed to have received the Android Q Beta 5 update early. At the time, a few details in the apparent leak gave us pause, but the folks at 9to5Google have seemingly confirmed that the update was legit, and a new “Back Sensitivity” setting related to Android Q’s fully gestural navigation system was discovered. It could have something to do with the gesture-related tweaks that Google revealed yesterday. Read MoreAndroid Q Beta 5 may have leaked early, showing off new ‘Back Sensitivity’ setting for gestures was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Side menus — or navigation drawers or hamburger menus, whatever you want to call them — are a burr in the saddle of Android Q’s gesture navigation system. Swiping in from either side of the screen with gestures enabled takes the user back one layer, a behavior obviously at odds with menus meant to be accessed by the same action. The next beta update will address that discordance, though, according to Googler Chris Banes. Read MoreAndroid Q Beta 5 to make back gesture and side menus work better together was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
When it comes to sharing files between mobile devices, there are a myriad of ways that one can go about doing so. For example, you could send files over email, messaging apps, sharing cloud-based folders and links, and so on. While those are pretty decent ways, sharing files directly between device to device is preferred.
At the moment, Android has “Android Beam” which uses NFC to communicate between devices, but as that feature is expected to be deprecated with Android Q, it seems that Google is working on an alternative, which 9to5Google has unearthed and found that the new sharing protocol will be known as “Fast Share”.
Based on their findings, it appears the Fast Share could end up being similar to Apple’s own AirDrop protocol that would use a combination of both Bluetooth and WiFi. This would allow Android users to locate other Android users nearby, after which they can then connect to each other to send files or even text snippets.
What makes Fast Share potentially better than AirDrop is the fact that it will work with iOS devices. Screenshots taken by 9to5Google have shown that Fast Share can discover iPhones that have the feature, although presumably it will require the iPhone user to own a special Google app for it to work. No word on when the feature will be released, but presumably it could be part of the Android Q update.
Android Beam was a feature introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) that allowed people to share photos, sites, apps, and more by tapping their phones together. It was a neat feature when it launched, and it still works great for sending links and small files, but Android Beam’s future is now uncertain.
According to a series of AOSP commits discovered by XDA Developers, Android Beam and its accompanying APIs may become deprecated in the next major release of Android. Read MoreAndroid Q might drop NFC-based Android Beam APIs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.