Google’s first public Android Q beta is now available for Pixel phones


Those with compatible phones who are interested in testing this early version of Android Q just need to enroll their device and then check for updates.

We can see that privacy will be a major focus in Android Q. Google now treats your location as a special permission that has additional controls for app access. It also assists developers to opt for priority notification. The first beta version includes more privacy controls over apps. For Downloads, users can decide which Download files an app can access.

Developers will be able to publish targets in the Sharing Shortcuts interface in advance, which allows them to load instantly when launched by a user. So instead of having to navigate to Settings to switch on Airplane Mode or toggle Wi-Fi or Mobile Data on/off, say, you'll be able to do that right within your mobile browser.

As for what's coming in the future, Android Q also has the foldable tech into consideration. As described, Android Q supports foldable displays, offers improved biometric authentication dialogs, support for peer-to-peer connections, WiFi Easy Connect, native monochrome camera support, has a new Dynamic Depth Format for storing depth data for an image, as well as Autofill improvements.

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Apps will be able to show key system settings in their own context, not having to point you to a specific part of Settings and then hope you keep in mind to go back once you've enabled whichever option the app needed.

In terms of imaging, applications can now request a Dynamic Depth image that contains metadata surrounding the elements related to depth along with a confidence map in the same file. Furthermore, it will also be used in instances of 3D images and support for AR photography.

Connectivity improvements. Android Q will support new Wi-Fi standards like WP3 and OWE to improve security for home and work networks as well as open and public networks. This aids in providing high-quality video content and reduced bandwidth. For more on the features coming in Android Q, check out Google's blog post at the source link below.

While it's unclear if this means they will also get the final build of Android Q, due out in the third quarter of 2019 (so July to September), such a move does seem pretty likely now - otherwise why go through the trouble of outing beta builds for them in the first place? There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details on the matter. What are your thoughts on the Android Q Beta 1?