Google to Roll Out Android Q Beta 2

The full-flaged release of Android Q is expected in the third quarter of 2019
05 April 2019   541

Google introduced the second beta version of the  Android Q OS. The release of Android Q, which will most likely come under Android 10, is expected in the third quarter of 2019. To evaluate the platform's new features, a beta testing program is offered, within which the experimental branch can be installed and maintained up-to-date through the regular update installation interface (OTA, over-the-air), without the need for manual firmware replacement. Updates are available for Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL devices.

Changes since the first beta release:

  • Introduced new storage Scoped Storage, providing isolation level for application files. 
  • The concept of "bubbles" has been added to organize simultaneous work with several applications.
  • A new device emulator with folding folding screens has been added to the SDK, which is available in the test release of Android Studio 3.5 in the form of an additional virtual device, presented in versions with screens 7.3 (4.6) and 8 (6.6) inches. 
  • The implementation of shortcuts for sending data and messages (Sharing Shortcuts) has been expanded, allowing you to quickly switch to the sending application.
  • Added MicrophoneDirection API to control audio capture from directional microphones.

Get more info at official blog. 

TIOBE Index June 2019 to be Rolled Out

Java is still on the top, but experts noted fast growth of Python search queries, and they believe it can reach 1st place in 3-4 years
13 June 2019   302

June 2019 TIOBE Index has been released. Analysts noted a sharp increase in the proportion of searches for Python.

This month Python has reached again an all time high in TIOBE index of 8.5%. If Python can keep this pace, it will probably replace C and Java in 3 to 4 years time, thus becoming the most popular programming language of the world. The main reason for this is that software engineering is booming. It attracts lots of newcomers to the field. Java's way of programming is too verbose for beginners. In order to fully understand and run a simple program such as "hello world" in Java you need to have knowledge of classes, static methods and packages. In C this is a bit easier, but then you will be hit in the face with explicit memory management. In Python this is just a one-liner. 
 

TIOBE Team

Experts attributed the growing popularity of Python to the fact that now many have hit the development of software. And newcomers prefer Python - succinct and concise. According to analysts, Java for beginners is too verbose, and C sooner or later will force to understand the intricacies of memory management.