Ready for a new version of Android? If you remember last year, Android P, the pre-release version of what eventually became Android 9 Pie, dropped in March. So we’re probably not that far away from a preview of the next version of Android, which will is expected to be called “Android Q.”

The popular news and phone modding site XDA Developers has gotten its hands on a pre-release version of Android Q and has produced an article and video detailing what’s inside. Keep in mind: this is a pre-release version of a developer preview, so there are plenty of things that are subject to change. So far though, it looks like Android P’s dark mode is extending to more of the system UI, and privacy and permissions controls are getting a big update.

A dark mode, maybe for real this time

  • The new dark mode. Notice how Android 9’s dark mode doesn’t actually make anything dark? It seems like that’s changing for Android Q. [credit:
    XDA Developers
    ]

It seems like every year Google teases us with a dark mode and every year, once release rolls around, Android still doesn’t have a comprehensive dark mode. It started with the Android M Developer Preview, which had a dark mode in the developer preview but not in the final Android 6.0 Marshmallow release. It popped up again in the Android N Developer Preview, only to pull the same disappearing act once release time came. Android 9 Pie finally shipped with a user-selectable “dark” mode, but it didn’t change a whole lot. It only changed the Quick Settings, app-drawer background, and a few tiny System UI bits like the volume and power menu. Pie didn’t even change the settings to white text on a dark background, despite that change being present on earlier M and N developer previews.

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