Android Q beta is now available for developers and courageous Pixel users

Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

The first Android Q beta is now available to download and test on all the Pixel phones Google released so far, including the first-gen Pixel phones, which Google is still supporting "by popular demand".

With Android Q, you will gain the option of letting an app access your location information only while you're actively using the app.

Numerous previously announced features for foldable phones like the Galaxy Fold are also built into Android Q. For developers, that means supporting new paused and resumed states that allow multiple apps to work on a larger display. With Android Q, you can choose to grant an app location access, deny it, or only allow access when the app is open.

In other permission related changes, the Access Storage permission has now been split to individual folders that includes Photos, Videos, Audio and Downloads.

After the rumors on Google Pixel 3 Lite XL, we return to talk about Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, the new top of the range expected for the second half of the year. You need a Google Pixel - 1,2 or 3, it doesn't matter which version - to be eligible.

Similar to iOS, now Android users have the ability to prevent apps from using the location while running in the background. Rather than bounce users between a smart speaker app and the settings menu, the pop-up would provide direct access to the setting an app require changes or permissions to, all while remaining within the app's interface.

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

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.

Concluding months of rumours and speculations, search giant Google has finally unveiled Android Q, the company's next major Android OS version.

Google is expanding support for passive authentication methods such as face in Android Q, but there's no 3D face recognition support mentioned.

How can I get the Android Q beta?

Google's own-brand devices are some of the best if you want a pure Android experience and it seems they are also worth owning if you want access to the latest features from the internet firm. And when connected to an external monitor, you will be able to use the new desktop mode with your Android phone.

The more traditional way to get the Android Q developer preview is to go the system image/manual flashing route. The beta build can be installed on the Pixel devices by enrolling in the Android Beta Program first. Don't do this out of casual interest, especially since future betas figure to be more stable.

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