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Android Q does not impress me: did Google stop innovating?

For over 10 years Android has been one of the main themes of Google I / O, Google's annual developer event. The event was the place to learn about the status of the system, from the size of the installed base to what is being planned for future releases.

But if you followed the opening presentation of Google I / O 2019, you may have noticed something strange: little has been said about our dear little robot. In fact, in a presentation of almost 2 hours only 15 minutes were devoted to talking about some of the features of the next version of the system, so far known as Android Q.

This version has some interesting things, such as native support for foldables and 5G networks, but the most popular feature was the expected dark mode, which finally makes its official debut. Something that for me would not even have to wait for a new version of the system: this mode already exists in Android Pie, but only enabled when the smartphone enters battery saver mode. Just activate it permanently.

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  "Dark mode" one of the most awaited features of Android Q / AndroidPIT
<p>Does this mean that Google has stopped innovating? That Android was left for a corner? No. For me, an excellent sign. It is a sign that after just over a decade in the market Android has finally reached maturity. The crazy times of radical interface changes and five versions in one year (because 2009 was a year <em>pulled!</em>) Stayed behind. Now it's time to plaster some walls and reinforce the foundations, so that the building can take another decade of standing.</p>
<p>I believe that, very soon, Google will slow down the release of new versions of Android and gradually the system will become an adjunct.</p>
<p>Also a reflection of a strategy that Google has been adopting in recent years: aware of the impossibility for all manufacturers to upgrade their devices to newer versions of Android, the company increasingly prefers to include new features in their apps. So even those who have an older version of the system can enjoy them. Innovation still exists, but it is widespread.</p>
<p>Examples of this strategy are Google Assistant, which simply appeared on devices when it was launched, or new features announced for Google Lens, such as the ability to read and translate printed text, which will be delivered as a Google app update later this month. (and in Portuguese!)</p>
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Android Q / Google Demo

I believe that, very soon, Google will slow down the release of new versions of Android. And gradually the system will become an adjunct: it will continue to run on billions of gadgets under the hood, but fulfilling its role of supporting the apps, where true innovation will take place.

the fate of every operating system. It happened with Windows, it happened with MacOs, it's happening with iOS. It's time for Android.

Are you looking forward to Android Q? What is the future of the system, in your opinion? Join the discussion in the comments.

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