Here are the Emoji Now Available in Android Q

Here are the Emoji Now Available in Android Q


63 new emoji are supported in Android Q starting today, celebrating World Emoji Day. I’m not sure if this is a banks closed kind of holiday celebration, but there seems to be a special day for all sorts of things these days.

Anyway, the new emoji includes people of all skin tones kneeling (that’ll rile some people up), a banjo, a yawning face, a waffle, a pinching emoji for when my girlfriend is trying to embarrass me, underwear, as well as an axe.

Here are the highlights, as noted by Google.

A sloth for when you’re having a slow morning and running late but looking cute. An otter for when you need to tell your significant otter that they are otterly amazing. Garlic for when you need to fend off some vampires. A Diya lamp emoji for Diwali celebrations! Waffle emoji to let your friends know what you want for

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Expect One UI 2.0 With Android Q, Version 2.1 With Galaxy S11

Expect One UI 2.0 With Android Q, Version 2.1 With Galaxy S11


According to sources of SamMobile, Android Q’s release will bring about One UI 2.0, followed by One UI 2.1 for the Galaxy S11. Of course, this aligns with what we saw earlier this year, with the launch of One UI version 1.0 with Android Pie, then the Galaxy S10 launching with version 1.1. It makes sense.

Sadly, there is no word on what an updated One UI version based on Android Q will offer. We’ve noted bitched that Android Q is essentially Google playing catch up to other OEM’s custom skins, with the inclusion of things like a dedicated Dark Mode, so as of right now, your guess for what will come in One UI 2.0 is as good as ours.

With all that said, there’s no word on when Samsung will release it. Samsung’s record for updating devices is getting better, but don’t expect a miracle. If … Read the rest

I’m Ready for Android Foldables too, Google

I’m Ready for Android Foldables too, Google


The official Android Twitter account has sent just two Tweets over the past four days and both have to do with foldable smartphones. One references Android Q featuring foldables support, while the other talks more about a future where foldables give you the opportunity to pick the phone that’s just right for you. I don’t know if Google and the Android team are pushing hype because Samsung or Motorola or someone else are about to finally deliver a foldable phone, but I’m ready for it. Let’s do foldables, Google!

Specifically, let’s do this.

Let’s do the foldable flip phone that we believe Motorola is making. Not just because Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is a bad design with numerous issues that led to a failed launch customers will struggle to move on from, especially when it’ll require them to fork over $2,000, but because a pocket-sized device that can become … Read the rest

Google Pauses Android Q Beta 5 Update Because of Installation Issues

Google Pauses Android Q Beta 5 Update (Updated: Resumed!)


  • UPDATE JULY 11: Google says that a “very small percentage of devices” were being rolled back to Beta 4 after multiple reboots. They don’t seem worried and have gone ahead and resumed the Q Beta 5 update rollout.

Google just paused the Android Q Beta 5 over-the-air (OTA) update because some users ran into issues installing it.

From the Android Beta reddit, the following message was posted:

We’re aware of an issue with Android Q Beta 5 related to installing updates. We’ve temporarily paused Beta 5 OTA updates to all Pixel devices as we investigate the issue. We apologize for any inconvenience, and will provide this post once the issue is resolved.

Note: this post was edited to reflect that Beta 5 updates have now been paused on all devices.

A similar situation unfolded with the Android Q Beta 4, causing Google to pause that rollout as well. … Read the rest

Android Q Gestures are Bad.

Android Q Gestures are Bad.


There are a lot of things to dislike about Android Q’s full gesture navigation option, but because the explanations for why it’s bad are better in video form than written, I present to you this unnecessarily long video of me complaining.

In this video, we compare the full gesture navigation in Android Q Beta 5 to Pie’s 2-button setup, which is more of a gesture-button combo. I talk about why the back gestures from the sides are a disaster and work against so much of Android, not just slideout menus. I also point out some of the pointless changes that make for more work in these new gestures, where a couple of minor tweaks to the 2-button setup would have given us full gestures that make a lot more sense.

Again, this video is probably too long, but I cover it all.

Google, you can do better than this.

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Google Pauses Android Q Beta 5 Update Because of Installation Issues

Google Pauses Android Q Beta 5 Update Because of Installation Issues


Google just paused the Android Q Beta 5 over-the-air (OTA) update because some users ran into issues installing it.

From the Android Beta reddit, the following message was posted:

We’re aware of an issue with Android Q Beta 5 related to installing updates. We’ve temporarily paused Beta 5 OTA updates to all Pixel devices as we investigate the issue. We apologize for any inconvenience, and will provide this post once the issue is resolved.

Note: this post was edited to reflect that Beta 5 updates have now been paused on all devices.

A similar situation unfolded with the Android Q Beta 4, causing Google to pause that rollout as well. It took 5 days before they were able to fix installation issues and push out a new update.

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What’s New in Android Q Beta 5?

What’s New in Android Q Beta 5?


Android Q Beta 5 brings us so close to a stable build of Android Q that we’re compiling yet another list of changes. You would think that Google wouldn’t be changing much at this point, but there are already a handful of changes worth noting.

We’ll keep updating this post, so check back! This is what’s new in Android Q Beta 5.

Gestures get corner swipes for Google Assistant

Android Q Beta 5 Gestures

With full gestures in full effect, Google had to get tricky with ways to activate Google Assistant, now that there isn’t a home button to long press on. To give users access in Android Q to Assistant at all times, Google put in place a corner swipe that fires it up. You can see the little handles in each corner in the image above that highlight the areas you need to swipe from.

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Android Q Beta 6 Will Switch Users Out of Gestures if They Use 3rd Party Launchers

Android Q Beta 6 Will Switch Users Out of Gestures if They Use 3rd Party Launchers


We’re only another beta away from Android Q being stable and I’m not sure that Google has fully decided what its gesture navigation should look like. Google is still adding or tweaking the way it works, like how they just added a new bottom corner swipe that gets you into Google Assistant in the latest Android Q Beta 5 that just dropped.

But that’s not their only gestural problem. 3rd party launchers, after having issues for 4 straight Q betas, still will not work properly with Android Q’s new gestures. In a blog post discussing additional changes to gestures in Q Beta 5, Google says that they are “continuing to work on issues” related to 3rd party launchers and that they plan to force 3rd party launcher users off of gestures in Q Beta 6 rather than offer a fix.

So not only will the new gestures act as a … Read the rest

Android Q Beta 5 Now Available for Pixel Devices!

Android Q Beta 5 Now Available for Pixel Devices!


Android Q Beta 5 “Release Candidate” arrives

The Android Q Beta 5 has been released for Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3a XL. The newest build arrives qpp5.190530.014 and is the first “release candidate” of Q.

With a release candidate, we should be getting close to final everything, with final APIs already available from the previous beta. This build should be the most stable and is probably worth you taking for a spin if you had been holding out. After this Beta 5, the final release candidate will be Beta 6 before Android Q is released into the wild as stable.

ANDROID Q BETA 5

Date: July 2019
Build: QPP5.190530.014
Emulator support: x86 (32/64-bit)
Security patch level: July 2019
Google Play services: 17.7.85

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I Miss the Big Reveal of New Android Versions

I Miss the Big Reveal of New Android Versions


Before the Android Beta Program was launched in 2016 for Android Nougat, Google would unveil its new Android versions with much fanfare during Google I/O. After I/O, the wait would be on for the latest version of Android to be seeded out to Nexus and Pixel devices via Developer Builds. Those without a Nexus or Pixel would usually wait a couple to a few months after that to receive it on their phone.

Now, the point of this post is that there was always so much excitement surrounding those I/O events because Google would overview all of the new features for Android and show off the updated UI changes. There was always so much to talk about that for an Android blogger, the days didn’t feel long enough to cover all of the changes.

Android Q Beta 4

With the beta program now in full swing months ahead of Google I/O these days, … Read the rest