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Android Q Beta Ready for Pixel Phones

14 March 2019

Unlike previous years, where the first preview release for the next Android update was released only for developers, Google has made the first Android Q beta available to anyone who wants to sign up. The final edition of the Android Q OS is scheduled to arrive within Q3 this year. However, this is the first beta. Well, apparently Google felt this needed to change in Android Q.

Android Q lets developers manage how their app is displayed on foldable and large screens. Right now, when you grant an app location access, there is no quick on/off toggle for when the app isn't being used. There's no telling what apps or services will break due to changes made throughout the beta process.

Device location access
Device location access

Along the same lines, Google is blocking access to non-resettable identifiers.

You can use floating display windows to adjust settings while in an app. Developers can choose which settings to feature.

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Android Q is a beta and as such, it's likely buggy.

Foldables are a popular new smartphone trend, like the Samsung Galaxy Fold that's coming to T-Mobile, and Android Q will include better support for these devices.

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In Android Q apps can request a Dynamic Depth image, making it possible for third party apps to offer specialized blurs and bokeh options. So, you could get better portrait mode snaps. We're still exploring settings to see if this is something you can disable. At the other end of the scale, there's a Wi-Fi performance mode to increase speed and lower latency at the expense of battery life. What should Android Q be called? Developers will be able to register sharing shortcuts with the system so they will populate instantly. Be sure to check out the full list of changes by following the below links. The Android Runtime (ART) in Android Q can pre-compile parts of an app to reduce launch times. The Q release also delivers baked-in support for foldable phones, as Google refines multitasking actions like pausing and resizing apps. Thus, you'll be able to unlock your phone and access secure apps like Google Pay on properly equipped phones. Google is offering a system image of Android Q that you can flash onto your device if you're comfortable doing stuff like that, or you can sign up for the Android Beta Program and have updates pushed to you over the air. Android Q updates transport layer security to TLS 1.3, which Google claims can establish a secured connection 40 percent faster than TLS 1.2. Be warned: this is unstable beta software.

The initial release has just come out and will be supplanted with an incremental update around the start of April.

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Android Q Beta Ready for Pixel Phones