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Google Android Q Beta includes a desktop mode - Android

15 March 2019

If you thought the Pixel 3 and 3 XL were prematurely leaked and detailed a year ago, you may want to keep in mind the first Pixel 3 Lite hands-on photos surfaced online back in November and we still have no idea exactly when Google might be planning to release this mid-ranger.

Numerous previously announced features for foldable phones like the Galaxy Fold are also built into Android Q. For developers, that means supporting new paused and resumed states that allow multiple apps to work on a larger display.

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In the same leaked beta from February, there was apparently a system-wide dark mode, which would activate the darker colors in all apps, and recolor apps that didn't have a dark theme built in. 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. The handsets supported are Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL along with the official Android emulator.

Android Q puts new limits on files located on shared external storage. Right now, users can either grant or deny location access to an app which leads to many apps silently tracking the location of their users in the background. However, it does also lock out legitimate apps that use clipboard data for other purposes, like passing them to a PC for seamless copying and pasting between devices. Other changes include updates to sharing and content creation. However, I must wonder what delicious dessert will Android Q be named after?

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Camera apps are also getting a new dynamic depth format in Android Q, which will let developers offer various ways of blurring photos and creating bokeh effects on supported devices.

Android Q, which won't have a name or version number until closer to release, doesn't have any significant visual changes as we saw in Android Pie. The example Google users is finding you're not connected to the internet when you open a browser.

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The second and more courageous option to try the new Android is manually flashing the Android Q factory images. You can then enroll in the Android Q beta here, and download the beta onto your phone or use a system image to update it. Don't do this out of casual interest, especially since future betas figure to be more stable.

Google Android Q Beta includes a desktop mode - Android