Android Q’s new camera features will make shutterbugs happy

Posted March 16, 2019

Google is focusing on modernising the Android ecosystem to enhance platform-wide security and improve performance, and when Android 10 is deployed it will warn users if they run an app which targets platforms older than Android 6.0.

An inspection of Google's software hints that the search giant will brand its two upcoming mid-range smartphones as the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. 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'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.

The 2D drawing of the Google Pixel 4 XL has appeared on SlashLeaks, and reveals that it will be boasting a very high screen space thanks to the new display design.

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Once you're enrolled, you'll continue to be updated to every new version of the Android Q beta automatically, over-the-air.

You get more control over how apps can access your device's location - as on iOS, Android Q lets you grant access all the time, never, or only when the app is open.

A number of camera enhancements will be included in Android Q, including the ability to request a Dynamic Depth image when taking a picture with your smartphone's camera.

Are you going to load the Android Q beta on a Pixel phone? There's no mention of this change in the current Android Q release notes, so we could see it show up in a later version of the OS. Google offers the beta to collect and incorporate user feedback.

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

When you have a Pixel to hand, make sure it's not a phone you regularly use. In terms of design, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL look exactly similar to the Pixel 3 with 18:9 displays and two-tone finish on the rear.

The Android Q beta is officially here primarily for developers to test their applications on.

If you don't have a Pixel, you can download system images onto the Android Emulator program on your Windows, Mac or Linux computer. Unlike its predecessors, the budget Pixel 3 device may come with the 3.5mm headphone jack. Be warned: this is unstable beta software.

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