Android Q Beta: New Features, Release Dates and How to Get It

Android Q Beta: New Features, Release Dates and How to Get It

Android Q Beta: New Features, Release Dates and How to Get It

For the time being, you'll need a Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel or Pixel XL to get the beta. 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".

The operating system will also include enhanced support for foldable smartphones such as Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Huawei's Mate X devices.

Visit google.com/android/beta to sign-up to the Android Beta Program. It works quite well (on the Pixel 3 XL and not the Pixel 2) but you can now have "only" a single freeform window open on your homescreen. For users, this means both default and downloaded photography apps will have the potential to produce better effects and more effectively process images. They include the system-wide dark mode, although some phones may have issues implementing it at this stage.

If you're frequently bothered by telemarketers and robot callers, Android Q wants to help with its screen feature.

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Apps will also find it harder to gain access to things such as photos, videos, and audio.

Android Q, which won't have a name or version number until closer to release, doesn't have any significant visual changes as we saw in Android Pie.

In Android Q, the permissions have expanded.

In addition to these, Android Q brings new connectivity APIs onboard along with support for more media codecs and camera improvements.

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Keep in mind, Android Q is now in beta - the first beta at that! - so features will likely change or be removed altogether.

Another new feature Google is including with Q is the ability to change your accent colours.

XDA Developers reports that the experimental desktop mode enables freefrom multi-windows, allowing users to open apps and move them around however they like.

The major barrier to testing the new version of Android is having the right phone in the first place.

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When you have a Pixel to hand, make sure it's not a phone you regularly use.

After following the prompts, you'll be able to download the OTA update. Hence the headline, if you're using an Android One handset like the ones hawked by Nokia, or you're using Google's Pixel handsets, you'll definitely see a benefit. Be warned: this is unstable beta software.

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