Early demo of Android Q desktop mode surfaces online – Notebookcheck.net

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Early demo of Android Q desktop mode surfaces online – Notebookcheck.net
Android Q preview (Source: Daniel Blandford on YouTube)
Android Q preview (Source: Daniel Blandford on YouTube)

A developer has recently unveiled a video that shows the latest Android Q beta on the Essential Phone, which is wired to a portable monitor alongside a Bluetooth keyboard. With this setup, he is able to take the upcoming Android Q desktop mode for a spin, but he is using an experimental launcher to make it all work.

One of the most anticipated features of the upcoming Android Q release is the native desktop mode, a feature that will compete with Samsung’s DeX. While Google has not shown much of it, developer Daniel Blandford took the latest Android Q beta, added his own custom launcher, and got the desktop mode working.

The handset he used is the Essential Phone, which was accompanied by a portable monitor and — apparently — a Bluetooth keyboard. Unfortunately, not all of us can take the desktop mode in Android Q beta for a spin, due to the aforementioned (not-so) secret ingredient that played a key role in the making of the video below, namely Blandford’s custom launcher.

In addition to the desktop mode, Android Q also promises to come with a system-wide dark mode, smart reply for all messaging apps, a more refined Share menu, faster access to Settings, a new depth format for images, and much more. Do you have a favorite new feature already? If the answer is affirmative, feel free to let us know which one in the comments below.

Codrut Nistor, 2019-05-27 (Update: 2019-05-27)

Codrut Nistor

Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.

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