Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

Earlier leaked information revealed that they might not be as powerful as the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, they still possess some of the more impressive specifications that made Google's smartphone series stand out, such as the single, but a vastly capable camera.

While this release is available for any user with a Pixel device, it is meant for developers to test compatibility issues and iron out bugs in the new operating system. So, you have the system-wide dark mode, a redesigned permissions page. While we continue to dig around and find new, hidden and unannounced goodies, below are five features coming to Android Q worth getting excited about.

If you own a Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel and Pixel 3 XL you can access this update now. "We're making Dynamic Depth an open format for the ecosystem, and we're working with our device-maker partners to make it available across devices running Android Q and later". Android Q allows you to fine-tune control over location sharing; when an app asks for your location data, you can select "allow only while the app is in use" or "allow all the time". You can even use the data to create 3D images or support AR photography use-cases in the future.

Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

Concluding months of rumours and speculations, search giant Google has finally unveiled Android Q, the company's next major Android OS version. It is also introducing Sharing shortcuts which will allow users to directly share content with users inside apps. As Google I/O comes and passes, we'll likely see more user-facing features make its way to Android Q. Google sys it's planning six Android Q betas in total. We have a dedicated article on how to enable dark mode in Android Q that you can check out.

We do not yet have certainty about the flagship that Google will market this year (two as always?), Nor about which of the two devices, the following image is based, but here is what Google Pixel 4 looks like (or Pixel 4 XL). And when connected to an external monitor, you will be able to use the new desktop mode with your Android phone.

The same beta program was used for Android Nougat, Oreo and Pie and is very simple, meaning you don't have to get involved in flashing updates or anything complicated. Be warned: this is unstable beta software.


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