Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Google Announces Android Q Beta: Faster Apps, Privacy Boosts, and More

Google Announces Android Q Beta: Faster Apps, Privacy Boosts, and More

Now, the company is launching the first beta of its forthcoming Android Q operating system which focuses heavily on privacy.

This is the first Android Q beta of several before its full release, which will likely be in fall.

Android Q Beta 1 showcases Google's new security and privacy protection features and permissions, protecting users' information from location to filesystem and more. The first is to enroll your Pixel in the Android beta program and get the update pushed to it over the air. As part of its work in Project Strobe, Google is adding a number of new privacy and security features to Android Q. These include more control over when apps can get your location information, more control over apps' ability to access private data like photos and videos, and a new blocker on apps launching foreground activities from a background task (which often interrupts what you're now doing in another app).

It's also - even at this early stage - brimming with performance improvements for apps and games, and new depth features for images allowing developers to get creative with effects in their apps.

For those who have the percentage for their battery in the status bar turned on, this isn't a big deal; you don't really need to see the battery percentage in your quick settings again.

Google releases first Android Q beta for Pixel phones

Android Q also gives you more control over apps and what they can access. Dynamic Depth will allow apps to offer specialized blurs and bokeh options. All the multi-camera systems everyone has added to phones will also get a boost with Google's new dynamic depth format.

That's right, notches and screen corners now appear in Android Q screenshots. There's a new Sharing Shortcuts feature that "let users jump directly into another app to share content". Furthermore, it will also be used in instances of 3D images and support for AR photography.

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

Developers can publish share targets that launch a specific activity in their apps with content attached, and these are shown to users in the share UI.
Google says users will be able to toggle on a "low latency mode" which would be beneficial for "real-time-gaming" and "active voice calls". You should be able to disable or reset your advertising ID without being tracked, and Android Q makes that possible.

Android Q provides more support for passive authentication like face ID.

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