Change in Android Q could have you using more data than usual

Change in Android Q could have you using more data than usual
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.

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 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.

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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16 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

How difficult could it be just to pull and tap for wifi?

3. blingblingthing

Posts: 834; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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.

5. hansip87

Posts: 222; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Transferring from camera to phone is one such app, and this really bugs me.

9. bambamboogy02

Posts: 832; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I'm sure there is a major speed difference one would notice if wifi is on or off. I notice it when I'm not on wifi.

2. cheetah2k

Posts: 2151; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Most plans come with decent data these days anyways. I'm sure users will be able to "restrict background data use" as they can with Android Pie, so not sure why this is even in the headlines....

4. pimpin83z

Posts: 219; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Luckily for me I have a Samsung so I won't have to worry about that. ;-)

6. Leo_MC

Posts: 6321; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Google is becoming more and more like iOS and users don’t mind. Hmm...

7. shiv179

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

iOS is also becoming more like Android...

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 6321; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

iOS is nothing like Android.

16. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1504; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

“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.

8. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5482; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

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.

11. Leo_MC

Posts: 6321; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

But isn't Android open-source? I'm sure there will be companies that will offer the openness you're used to so why complain?

12. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5482; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

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).

15. Leo_MC

Posts: 6321; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

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).

14. pimpin83z

Posts: 219; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Google maybe. Android OS as a whole (which I'm sure you were referring to), not at all.

13. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

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?

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