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Android update - Huge new Google features announced and here's everything new Express.co.ukANDROID has just received huge new features thanks to an update from Google and here is everything fans need to know about them.
Android is mobile operating system that is expected to receive its next substantial upgrade, Q, later this year.
Ahead of its full release, Google has already debuted a beta for Android Q that provided a glimpse into some of the new functions it could offer.
The first beta for Android Q introduced new permissions, an improved sharing sheet, hinted a system-wide dark mode could be coming and more.
Google released the first Android Q beta on March 13 and less than a month later, on April 3, it debuted the second iteration of the software.
One of the biggest changes introduced in the new version of Android Q comes with a feature Google is dubbing "bubbles" that appear determined to provide users with a new way to multitask.
Bubbles is similar to the Chat Heads tool already offered by Facebook Messenger.
Essentially, bubbles allows the user to minimise a message thread with someone down to just their contact photo.
This can then be moved around the user's display while they perform other tasks and can be opened again if the icon is tapped.
Google has branded bubbles a "new way for users to multitask and re-engage" with apps.
The Mountain View firm admitted other programmes have already added a similar feature to their apps but insisted it wanted to improve the functionality and bring it to the platform level of Android.
Google : "In Android Q we're adding platform support for bubbles, a new way for users to multitask and re-engage with your apps.
"Various apps have already built similar interactions from the ground up, and we're excited to bring the best from those into the platform, while helping to make interactions consistent, safeguard user privacy, reduce development time, and drive innovation.
"Bubbles help users prioritise information and take action deep within another app, while maintaining their current context. They also let users carry an app's functionality around with them as they move between activities on their device."
While the tech behemoth admitted the new feature lends itself to being used for messages, it also discussed a number of other instances in which it could be useful.
Google went on: "Bubbles are great for messaging because they let users keep important conversations within easy reach. They also provide a convenient view over ongoing tasks and updates, like phone calls or arrival times. They can provide quick access to portable UI like notes or translations, and can be visual reminders of tasks too."
The newest Android Q beta brings improved support for foldable phones thanks to a new screen emulator from Google.
Essentially, the tool can be used by developers to see how software may look on their futuristic devices more easily.
Another handy change present in the new beta comes by way of the system's share sheet that will now show a preview of what is being sent to others.
Moreover, also discovered Android Q now has a new way of quickly navigating between apps.
Now, if multiple programmes are open a swipe to the left will take the user to the previous app they had open and a gesture to the right will take them back to the original app.
This method is incredibly similar to how navigating forward and backward between apps works on all-screen iPhones.
While the two Android Q betas have given fans an early glimpse into some of the software's new features, Google is expected to discuss the new operating system in more detail at its I/O developer conference next month.