Android Q Beta Ready for Pixel Phones

Donna Miller
March 14, 2019

Something to look forward to: Google has finally released the Android Q beta with a big focus on privacy.

We heard rumours earlier in the week that the Android Q Beta will be available on a wide array of devices.

There are two ways to test Android Q on your Pixel, and both are pretty easy.

Android introduced support for monochrome cameras in the last version - Android 9 Pie.

For people who use their Android device primarily for media or content creation, Android Q supports the AV1 video codec and faster communication with MIDI devices.

Google releases first Android Q beta for Pixel phones

Android Q also gives you more control over apps and what they can access.

Android Q lets developers manage how their app is displayed on foldable and large screens.

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. There are many other features part of Android Q beta 1 and possibly more will be added in the future beta version of the platform. The depth-mapping data used to accomplish the effect is discarded after the photo is created. In short, there's a lot going on here, but it's primarily being targeted at developers rather than end users.

Google is said to be releasing six beta editions of this Android Q and the second one is scheduled to be rolled out in April while the third one will be rolled out in May. You can use the Android Emulator and download the latest emulator system images via the SDK Manager in Android studio. "Users will be able to control apps' access to the Photos and Videos or the Audio collections via new runtime permissions", the post explains. This will prevent users from needing to go into Settings to change things like NFC or mobile data in order to use an app.

Android Q lets developers publish targets for Sharing Shortcuts in advance. 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". Android Q also brings in a new Setting Panels, an API that will allow applications to show setting to the users in the context of their app. As always, those with Google's own Pixel phones are first in line to get a taste of the as-yet-unnamed OS upgrade, which is likely to be a centerpiece of the company's announcements at Google I/O 2019 later this year.

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