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5 Great New Features For Android Phones in 2020

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With all of the excitement of the new year, there’s more in store in 2020 with the new features that are going to be available for mobile phones. From all the new possibilities available with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 chipset to what we know so far about Android R 11’s offerings, we take a look at five features that will wow us.

We are all looking forward to the new Android version release this year. The dessert name has officially been dropped and it will be called simply “Android 11.” Going on previous years’ schedules, the beta will be released sometime around March. The final release will probably be in the second half of the year and offers some interesting features.

Bluetooth in Airplane Mode

Android R 11 may not turn Bluetooth off in airplane mode if it’s connected in one of two circumstances:

  1. Bluetooth A2DP is connected, or
  2. Bluetooth Hearing Aid profile is connected

It’s in a commit in the AOSP Gerrit called “Context-aware Bluetooth airplane mode.” A2DP is the normal headset or earbud profile for streaming media. Typically, turning on airplane mode shuts off Bluetooth completely and can be really frustrating. Noted initially by XDA, this could be a good sign. Hopefully, we’ll see this in the upcoming version.

Snapdragon 865 and 5G

With the Snapdragon 865 chipset, 5G is part of the package. Yes, the phone will require the Qualcomm X55 modem, but 5G is set to become more and more widespread; upload and download speeds get quicker and we get our data even faster. The phones that have this package can be even faster than home internet under the right conditions. It opens the door to some serious video streaming, video chat, and some amazing new apps.

3D Sonic Max

How about a security feature? The new Snapdragon 865 uses a new feature called 3D Sonic Max—a larger-than-ever, in-screen fingerprint reader that uses sound waves to unlock your phone. It’s so large, in fact, that it reads two fingers, and Qualcomm says it’s twice the size of the original. With so much area for biometric input, it’s faster, more accurate, and can measure your heart rate.

ID on Your Android Phone

Qualcomm and Google have teamed up to make it so you can keep identification, such as driver’s licenses on your phone. Ever showed up to the airport without your driver’s license? Android R 11, using the new Snapdragon 865 technology, plans to make this possible. This is one of the features we look forward to hearing more about.

Spectra 480

The new image processor, Spectra 480, that comes with the Snapdragon 865 works at 2 gigapixels a second. They say it is very power efficient while being very fast. It also keeps the phone cooler while it’s working. With the possibility of a 200-megapixel camera that can take 4K HDR video and take a 64-megapixel picture at the same time, there’s some amazing photo processing on the horizon.

We’ve got all kinds of great things that we could see in 2020, and Android and Snapdragon are stamped on a lot of them. With features like amazing camera processing, super-fast 5G, Bluetooth working in aeroplane mode, great security features, and ID anywhere we have our phones, we’ll be sure to stay on top of our game.

Image courtesy: Flickr | Kārlis Dambrāns

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