Android Q Beta 1 Rolling out to Pixels Devices - Details

Posted March 15, 2019

The Android Q beta is officially here primarily for developers to test their applications on. You can also set a custom wallpaper for the desktop.

It's important to note that if you've used the Android Beta Program before and enrolled your device for the Android Oreo or Pie program, you will need to re-enroll your phone. Android Q requires you to verify with a password, PIN or fingerprint before it'll make the code though, Android Authority reported. One of Android's own developers stated that this year's list of manufacturers and devices will be longer than last year.

Here's a closer look at what this Android Q release delivers, how to get it, and when we can expect additional updates. While the screen recording functionality is buggy in its current state, we're sure Google will work out the kinks over the course of the beta updates before finally releasing Android Q sometime in Q3 this year.

Device location access
Device location access

Furthermore, it will also come with support for Foldables and innovative new screens to take advantage of foldable devices and other large screen devices. I've installed it on my Pixel 3 XL, and found some really neat features.

What are the key features of Android Q? Right now, users can either grant or deny location access to an app which leads to many apps silently tracking the location of their users in the background.

Foldables are a popular new smartphone trend, like the Samsung Galaxy Fold that's coming to T-Mobile, and Android Q will include better support for these devices.

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Google's first Android Q beta is now available for download.

All devices in the Pixel lineup, which includes the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL (Review), Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL (Review), will get this beta update.

Included in the Android Q upgrade are improved security and privacy features which include being able to limit access to your location especially when they are not in use.

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Android Q will also let the users jump directly into another app for sharing content using a feature called Sharing Shortcuts. So, you have the system-wide dark mode, a redesigned permissions page. In June we can get accesses to the fourth built which are meant for testing while the 5th and 6th beta are more like the final beta.

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Until very recently, Stock Android lacked a proper file manager app, prompting users to rely on shady third-party alternatives. With Android Q, the Mountain View-based tech giant has made even more enhancements to protect users, and numerous upgrades are to Google's Project Strobe. Instead, you'll need to update with each release.

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