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Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

Google says it's making the features an open format and that it's working with Android manufacturers to make the technology accessible across devices running Android Q and later.

If you wonder when your device will receive the official Android Q, no one on the planet can tell you that because the final version of Q doesn't exist, and until Google publishes the AOSP version of Q (sometime during the summer), no manufacturer can really start implementing the new version across their portfolio. The changes aren't massive here, but the best parts of our year are playing with new versions of Android.

In the case of the Pixel 3 XL, there are two 8MP front-facers, one with wide, and one with ultra-wide angle lens.

Despite the lack of an official confirmation about the company's next-generation Pixel phones including the Pixel 3 Lite, which is slated to hit the store shelves ahead of Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, the rumor mill is churning all sorts of speculations around the company's next-generation Pixel phablet, which has surfaced online in the form of a new leak. The first release of the OS is far from ready for public use and primarily meant for developers to try out Q and prepare their app for all the changes that it brings.

Developers will be able to show floating settings controls in Android Q as well. Right now, users can either grant or deny location access to an app which leads to many apps silently tracking the location of their users in the background.

Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters
Android Q beta is now available for Pixel devices

If you are on your Pixel smartphone, it is still possible to activate this mode, but of course it won't be optimal. So for example, you can only add app shortcuts to the desktop and nothing else.

"But since the app may not need location outside of when it's now in use, the user may not want to grant that access". By accessing the panel, you can immediately toggle your Wi-Fi, mobile data and Airplane Mode settings without having to go into the full Settings menu. Given the current smartphone design direction of more screen and less bezel, it's unlikely Google has dropped the idea completely. Bugs in the beta can cause you to have to reset the device. Google has a beta program that lets you update via a simple OTA.

If you don't have a Pixel, you can download system images onto the Android Emulator program on your Windows, Mac or Linux computer.

Unlike previous years, Google has gone beta out of the gate rather than developer preview. Before then several beta versions of the software will appear.




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