Tech Giant Google Releases Android Q Beta on Pixel Phones

Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

We here at AP are chomping at the bit waiting for news on Android Q.

Before you update your Pixel phone with the beta Android 10 Q version, remember that the new software could be very unstable. The API simplifies the process of identifying what device is being used, what screen size and aspect ratio it has, what frame rate it supports, and what codecs are compatible. However, this is the first beta.

That said, there are some new features you'll be able to play with immediately. And of course, so Android enthusiasts can have the pride of knowing they're using the latest bleeding edge software.

The Share menu is getting a revamp too, with faster loading times for options on the menu (like other apps and contacts you might want to connect to), as well as a preview of what it is you're actually sharing.

Apps will also have access to a quick settings panel that will include all the settings a user would need to update before using an app. Google offers a browser app as an example, which would have a settings panel that includes items like Airplane Mode, WI-Fi, and Mobile Data. The phones are likely to be targeted at price-sensitive markets like India. Android Q brings some UI changes and quite a few novelties under the hood, and also a dark mode whose activation Google made complicated in Beta 1, for whatever reason.

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With the Android Q running in the device, the cameras can store the depth data of an image in a separate file using Dynamic Depth Format (DDF). Apps will be able to request special JPEG metadata to create 3D depth maps using Google algorithms. Speaking of Wi-Fi, Google is adding new wireless technologies to manage IoT hardware via Wi-Fi. It will also save battery life.

Android Q changes the all apps tray to show one launcher icon for every single package installed on the device in which the tray is opened. When downloading content, the system will emphasis on allowing an app access to particular files so as to initiate the download instead of blanket access to the default download folder as is the case at the moment.

Some people who upgraded to Android Q already have Dark theme enabled. Google is also enabling Android Q to prevent apps from launching an activity while in the background, meaning that an app won't be able to just jump to the foreground and take over your focus.

Google has released a preview version of the upcoming Android Q, the Android Q beta, maintaining an established tradition since the company has always released a beta build during early March. You can get it by participating in Google's Android Beta Program. Google is expected to announce the full list of features at its annual I/O conference that begins on May 7th. Don't do this out of casual interest, especially since future betas figure to be more stable.

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