Google’s Android Q Beta

Google’s Android Q Beta

The new OS comes in the form of Android Q Beta 1, which can be downloaded from android-developers.googleblog.com on Pixel smartphones. Google warns that the pre-release version of Android Q many contain errors and defects, which can impact the normal functioning of the device.

The Android Q Beta 1 has been released, with Google pushing out the first preview version of its upcoming major Android release.

It means that owners of a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, or an original Pixel or Pixel XL are able to join the new beta. Google also has system images available for the Pixel, Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 to use an Android emulator.

Apart from the above, Android Q also introduces support for a new of new technologies. It won't look a whole lot like the final product we'll get in Autumn, and there'll probably be a load of new stuff added to it after Google I/O in May, but there are still some fun features to play with in the meantime. Alphabet's subsidiary is maintaining separate lists of reported app compatibility problems, third-party SDK deficiencies, and general platform issues. Until now, the firm rolled out the first preview of the Android OS to non-developers only after rolling out the second developer beta. After all, buggy software on your primary phone can be a frustration if you suddenly can't use it when you need to. Did you receive the Beta Update? The company recommends backing up your data before enrolling your device.

If you have a Pixel device, you can head here to download the beta. Users will be able to control an application's access to the Photos, Videos, or Audio collections via new permissions.

Device location access
Device location access

We rarely see a native feature first appear on iOS and then on Android, but here we are.

There's a truly epic blog post here listing all the features, including new privacy functions, location controls, new sharing shortcuts, in-app settings panels, and even adaptive WiFi.

With Android Q, apps can request a "dynamic Depth Image" which basically allows you to use specialized blurs and bokeh options as well as enjoy 3D images and support for AR photography.

If you are on Android Q, you can find out how to enable the new desktop mode here. The Android Runtime (ART) in Android Q can pre-compile parts of an app to reduce launch times. Let's talk in details about the features Android Q brings.

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