Beta 3 of Android Q brings forth a new app called "Safety Hub". Within the app, evidence of a crash detection feature can be found. Strings of code reveal that Google is testing the software and plans to bring it to the next version of Android.
The strings reveal that the feature will be Pixel exclusive and will likely detect when the user is involved in a car crash. The app is currently unclear on how it will accomplish this feat. One of the strings even reports that the app will "automatically launch an alert activity when the device detects you are in a car crash".
The concept behind this feature is extremely helpful and could potentially save lives. If a car crash is significant enough to where the driver cannot call for help, the "Safety Hub" app could alert the authorities itself. Hopefully, with the official release of Android Q this summer, more information, and specifics will be flushed out.
Google I/O recently wrapped up and with that came more information on Android Q. The third beta of the next major update of the operating system launched, and many features were announced and discovered upon the release.
For one, a system-wide dark mode can finally be found on stock Android. Fans and users of Android have been waiting for this for quite a while and it's about time Google came through. Tons of popular apps feature a dark mode and even several of Google's own apps have the option. Many users prefer to use it because it both saves battery and is easier on the eyes.
Another major addition to the latest beta is navigation gestures. Google started using gestures with Android Pie, but this implementation seemed to only test the waters. In Android Q, the navigation appears to be much smoother and resembles Apple's iOS gestures very closely.
Interestingly enough, it seems that in the latest beta, Google also added the option to revert back to the classic three button navigation from Android Oreo and previous. Currently, in stock Android Pie, users are stuck with the "pill" gestures. It's too early to say if Google will keep this option permanent in the official version of Android Q.
The Android Q Beta can be installed on more than just Pixel devices this time around as Google has partnered with other brands. The option to download and test it can be found here.
Of course, Pixel phones will get Android Q first, as well as the regular updates for it. With the third beta in the works, some smartphones don't even run Android Pie yet. Perhaps this year more manufacturer's will break the mold and update to the new version sooner than later.
It is always exciting when a new version of Android is in the works. Smartphones are constantly changing and evolving and it only makes sense that software does the same to keep up. Users are always demanding new and improved features for their devices, and companies work hard to put out the best software experience.