Tuesday, 21 May, 2019

Android Q Beta 1 released for all Pixel phones; New features revealed

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Sandy Mccarthy | 15 March, 2019, 08:08

For now, the Android Q beta is limited to Pixel devices including first generation.

This time around as well Google has baked a number of feature flags in Android Q to give users access to features that are now under development.

But the developer beta will mostly showcase the changes behind the scenes, such as Android Q's souped-up privacy features and support for foldable displays; the latter will be handy given the upcoming debuts of the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X.

With Android Q, you have a few seconds after an app has been removed to undo the change. 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. You need a Google Pixel - 1,2 or 3, it doesn't matter which version - to be eligible.

With Android Q, there's now a dedicated Privacy section in the settings app. 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". For users, this means both default and downloaded photography apps will have the potential to produce better effects and more effectively process images. More details in may this year Google has released Android Q Beta 1 for developers to test the new APIs and give feedback before the Google IO 2019 developer's conference.

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Google wants to make it as easy as possible for you to try Android Q on a device, so it's offering the Android Beta Program again this year. Android Q is also adding "experimental support" for ANGLE on top of Vulkan, which is "a graphics abstraction layer designed for high-performance OpenGL compatibility across implementations". Rejoice Android aficionados! (that own a Pixel phone, of course).

As Android fans know, every new version of the operating system is named after a sweet treat.

As noticed by Michael Young on Twitter, Android Q has a new option that allows users to force desktop mode.

The major barrier to testing the new version of Android is having the right phone in the first place. Don't do this out of casual interest, especially since future betas figure to be more stable.

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