Google Announces Android Q Beta: Faster Apps, Privacy Boosts, and More


However, those wanting to give it try early could be disappointed as is now only available on the Pixel range of phones. Rumors indicate that the handset will feature a 6-inch fullHD+ display and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, and unlike some of Google's recent smartphone offerings, the device features a more traditional bezel above the screen that contains the front-facing camera and the earpiece.

Google released the first beta of Android Q yesterday, and as expected, there are a bunch of major features.

One of the most important changes in Android 10 is its expanded support for innovative designs, such as foldable smartphones.

As noticed by Michael Young on Twitter, Android Q has a new option that allows users to force desktop mode. Apart from the fact that many Android devices will not be upgraded to Q (only recent devices are guaranteed to get the latest version), Google's playing catchup here: Apple's iPhone has had the same feature since iOS 11 in 2017.

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Google is finally revamping the Share menu in Android Q and making it notably faster.

A new interesting feature is sharing WiFi via QR codes, which is much better than changing the password to some simple number array to make the network easier for sharing.

More info on Android Q here. While we continue to dig around and find new, hidden and unannounced goodies, below are five features coming to Android Q worth getting excited about.

It's an issue that's been giving Google some grief in the a year ago as a series of investigations have revealed the way that Android apps - and even perhaps Google itself - furtively track users' locations. Android Q places a focus on privacy, like with its new location data setting that'll let you choose whether an app can access your location all the time, only while the app is in use, or deny location access completely.

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So, here are some example ADB commands you can send to change up Android Q's gestures for the better. Android Q will include improvements there, too, allowing apps to request a Dynamic Depth image that includes a JPEG, XMP metadata related to depth elements, and a depth and confidence map all in the same file.

In the same leaked beta from February, there was apparently a system-wide dark mode, which would activate the darker colors in all apps, and recolor apps that didn't have a dark theme built in. You need a Google Pixel - 1,2 or 3, it doesn't matter which version - to be eligible.

The Beta 1 is only available for Pixel Devices.

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

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After following the prompts, you'll be able to download the OTA update. Be warned: this is unstable beta software.