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Leaked version of Android Q shows system-wide dark mode

By James Lu - on 18 Jan 2019, 11:10am

Leaked version of Android Q shows system-wide dark mode

XDA Developers has managed to get their hands on a leaked version of Android Q on a Google Pixel 3 XL.

The biggest new feature is a Dark mode that can be applied across the entire OS, even for apps  that don't have a built-in dark mode option.

Android Q also includes a big update to permission settings. The OS now gives you an overview of permissions accessed by apps and lets you tweak them accordingly. For example, you can set an option to only giving certain permissions while the app is in use. Each particular app’s permission page has been updated to see which ones have been given access or blocked from certain permissions, and you can quickly open, uninstall or force stop the app, too.


The Files app now lets you filter by images, documents, audio, video, and other options to more easily browse content on your phone.

According to XDA Developers, there's a bunch of new developer optiosn too. One, which “forces experimental desktop mode on secondary displays,” XDA couldn’t get working, but it seems to be a feature for using your phone on a larger display, similar to Samsung's DeX desktop mode.

Other developer options are in a similar state of incompletion, like a built-in screen recorder, or an unclear functionality, like a “Game Update Package Preferences” setting.

There are also some new Accessibility settings and an interesting "Sensors off" option that might be a way to disable the always-on sensors like the accelerometer, gyroscope on your smartphone.

Source: XDA Developers