Change in Android Q could have you using more data than usual
by Alan Friedman / Mar 18, 2019, 5:00 PM
The Android Developer website contains a statement that notes how "Apps running on Android Q cannot enable or disable Wi-Fi." This was discovered by Reddit poster xxTheGoDxx (via Android Authority). Instead, Google recommends that developers allow users of their apps to turn Wi-Fi on or off by employing the new Android Q feature that shows system settings inside an app.
phone to enable Wi-Fi when you get home or have it turned off when you leave home. With the change coming to the next Android build, users won't be able to arrange for their phone's Wi-Fi setting to turn on or off automatically.The problem with this new functionality is that it won't let Android Q users rely on an app like Tasker to turn on Wi-Fi when a certain preset condition is met. For example, with Tasker you can arrange for your
João Dias created Tasker, and he admits that this Android Q function will negatively impact Tasker "in a big way." Dias is hoping that because this is just the first beta preview for Android Q, Google will be persuaded by feedback and eliminate the new restriction. In addition, using text commands to enable/disable Wi-Fi will no longer work either.
Last year, Google made a change to Android app permissions that prevented apps from accessing users' call logs and SMS information unless the app was selected to be the default dialer or SMS client. This was done to make sure that third-party apps could not get the call log and access SMS messages from those with an Android phone. Tasker was able to get an exemption from Google for that change, but if the new restrictions for Wi-Fi on Android Q stand, many Tasker users will have to enable/disable Wi-Fi on their phone manually. If they forget to turn on Wi-Fi, there could be some Android users surprised to find out how much data they used during a particular billing cycle.
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How difficult could it be just to pull and tap for wifi?
posted on Mar 18, 2019, 5:20 PM 5
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I didn't know an app like this existed. Can't be hard to manually do, but I guess it sucks if you're accustomed to not having to.
posted on Mar 18, 2019, 6:17 PM 0
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Google is becoming more and more like iOS and users don’t mind. Hmm...
posted on Mar 19, 2019, 1:17 AM 0
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iOS is also becoming more like Android...
posted on Mar 19, 2019, 2:45 AM 3
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“Grouped notifications” is the one example about how iOS is becoming more like Android. We can argue about what iOS bought from Android and vice versa for days but in the end both Apple and Google are borrowing features from each other.
posted on Mar 20, 2019, 1:40 AM 1
Speak for yourself, users do mind, but power users are only a handful. But if you look at the internet, there are plenty of Android users complaining about Google turning Android into this rigid OS like iOS. But the average user doesn't even know about all the possibilities, let alone complain about it when it's taken away.
posted on Mar 19, 2019, 6:47 AM 1
Android itself is open-source, but the Google apps part isn't. And most of these functionalities are in the Google Play services (not open part). Pretty sure root can solve it as well, but it also means sideloading, since Google usually kick apps that don't follow these guidelines. Although some apps can be the exception (like Tasker is an exception to SMS handling restrictions).
posted on Mar 19, 2019, 8:20 AM 2
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Enabling or disabling functions like wifi is an Android service, which means that the developers are using an API in their apps to perform that function. The article is saying that Google is not going to be making that API (or it will not make it available), it doesn't say that the developers of Android versions (OEMs) can't write their own APIs and make them available to developers for their phones (it's just like Samsung did with the Pen).
posted on Mar 19, 2019, 3:02 PM 0
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I've used Tasker for years to turn wifi on when I get home (and off when I leave), and to turn wifi on and sound off when I arrive at locations I am at regularly where that is appropriate, and reverse that when I leave. Cell coverage at my home is lousy, no matter what carrier you're on, and I use wifi calling when I'm there. What a crock. I've rooted and sideloaded before, but this is BS. How about requiring wifi state changes as a setting in permissions, rather than a blanket decision?
posted on Mar 19, 2019, 8:51 AM 0
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