In other permission related changes, the Access Storage permission has now been split to individual folders that includes Photos, Videos, Audio and Downloads. There's no mention of this change in the current Android Qreleasenotes, so we could see it show up in a later version of the OS. It works quite well (on the Pixel 3 XL and not the Pixel 2) but you can now have "only" a single freeform window open on your homescreen.
Android is finally getting more granular control over how an app can use location information. All apps accessing Downloads must make use of the system file picker as well.
There are several other changes, including better support for sharing between applications, improved MIDI support, tighter integration with the Vulcan graphics API, faster application launching and more.
Google has introduced us to its latest flavor of Android, which will be known as Android Q until the tech giant picks a dessert starting with the said letter. More details in may this year Google has releasedAndroid Q Beta 1 for developers to test the new APIs and give feedback before the Google IO 2019 developer's conference.
Google's Android Pie already lets users change the shape of their icons by default on Stock Android and ROMs which are close to it.
Now, as always, while OEMs add the broads strokes of Google's new features to their Android updates, some features may vanish or be altered beyond recognition.
The major barrier to testing the new version of Android is having the right phone in the first place. Android Q is also adding "experimental support" for ANGLE on top of Vulkan, which is "a graphics abstraction layer designed for high-performance OpenGL compatibility across implementations".
Rockets fired at Tel Aviv stopped by Israel's Iron Dome
There were no reports of damage or casualties, the Israeli army said, and no group in Gaza immediately claimed the attack. Earlier this week, Israel struck Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire on southern Israel, near the border.
Netflix confirms Madeleine McCann documentary release date
The parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann say a Netflix documentary about their daughter's case could "hinder the search". People across the United Kingdom grieved the disappearance of the small girl after she vanished in May 2007.
Facebook chief product officer quits
He did point out Facebook is "turning a new page" by focusing more on messaging and encryption. Instead, Fidji Simo will be appointed as the new head of the Facebook app.