Google Pixel & Pixel XL to receive Android Q update "by popular demand"

Google Pixel & Pixel XL to receive Android Q update

Google Pixel & Pixel XL to receive Android Q update "by popular demand"

If you have a Google Pixel device (including the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, or Pixel XL) you can enroll it in Google's Android Beta for Pixel program to try out the Android Q Beta.

Much of what's in this first build is under the hood stuff, and we won't really get an idea of everything that's coming until Google's annual i/O developers event. Just as Android 9 Pie came with different kinds of display notch designs, the Android Q has been created to better manage the contents on devices with foldable screens.

Device location access
Device location access

One thing to keep in mind is that this beta is meant for developers to get an early taste of Android Q and its features and to help them prepare their apps for the public Android Q release. Currently, Google is offering Android Q to all Pixel phones.

Android Q also introduces Settings Panels, a new API that allows apps to show system settings to users inside of an application.

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In Android Q apps can request a Dynamic Depth image, making it possible for third party apps to offer specialized blurs and bokeh options.

Developers will also be able to show contextually-important system settings within their apps, which harnesses the "Slices" feature that came in Android 9 Pie. In Android Q, users can limit apps to only pull location data while the app is in use.

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Android Q lets developer control how their apps behave on foldable screens.

For example, a browser could display a panel with connectivity settings like Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi (including nearby networks), and Mobile Data. Furthermore, it will also be used in instances of 3D images and support for AR photography. This time around, Google will be taking comments and suggestions via the more common settings menu option as well as a brand new app and Quick Settings Tile dedicated to providing feedback. You can do this if you don't have a Pixel device. With it, developers can publish share targets that launch a specific activity in their app with content attached. There will also be a high performance, low latency mode for Wi-Fi which could prove handy for real-time gaming, active voice calls, and the likes. What are your thoughts on the Android Q Beta 1?

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Android Q provides more support for passive authentication like face ID. "Building on top of efforts like Google Play Protect and runtime permissions, Android Q brings a number of additional privacy and security features for users", as well as a host of others that are likewise included in the update.

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