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Android Q beta available to all Pixel owners

17 March, 2019, 03:27 | Author: Vicki Mclaughlin
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Last night, Google dropped the first beta of the upcoming version of its mobile operating system - Android Q. While it's just available for the Google Pixel (all generations) owners to try out, it's packed with promising features - especially for photography enthusiasts.

Android Q beta 1 is not available for everyone and limited to Pixel smartphones. There will be all kinds of iterations of the fold and Android Q will be ready.

Moving on, the simplest way to get Android Q beta on your Pixel smartphone is by enrolling as a beta user to receive OTA updates. It's also a chance to leverage anything new that's introduced in Android. Now it is a developer operating system and is in beta, which means things can and probably will go wrong.

The Beta 1 is only available for Pixel Devices.

Dark Mode: Having a dark mode is given in 2019, but Android Q will implement it throughout the system. The software will also randomize the MAC address by default when you connect the device to different WiFi networks. In Android Q, thanks to a new feature called Sharing Shortcuts, users will be able to jump directly into another app to share content. Enroll In The Android Q Beta After backing up, users must then enroll in the beta by simply logging in using their Google account, then selecting the compatible device they'd like to install Android Q on. Android Q brings some UI changes and quite a few novelties under the hood, and also a dark mode whose activation Google made complicated in Beta 1, for whatever reason. The device theme and night mode settings which are present in Android Pie are completely missing from the new Android Q beta build.

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Under the beta program, the first three beta versions are aimed at helping users figure out the device and app compatibility with the new OS, while the Beta 4 lets users access the final APIs and SDK.

Developers and early adopters will be able to mess around with the new Settings Panel API, which provides a pop-up-like menu where all core settings can be accessed, rather than requiring users to plumb a load of menu tiers. Now, there's a third option that lets the app see your location only when it is activated.

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.

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. You can backup data simply by going into Settings System Backup. Android Q will support multi-resume and notify apps when they are in focus. It supports AV1 video codec to offer high-quality video streaming while consuming less bandwidth.

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