Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

Google has announced on its blog that the Android Q will be available for all Google Pixel Phones including the very first Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL; all Google Pixel users will get the Android Q Beta 1 or Android 10 Beta 1 on their phones. The first version of this feature is available in the developer preview of Android Q, but there are a couple of problems with it.

There are still a lot of phones waiting on an update to Android Pie, but that's not stopping Google from rolling out the latest and greatest.

How can I get the Android Q beta? The update for Android Q beta 1 is between 1.2GB and 1.3GB. To be clear, this just refers to the first developer preview, which means it's primarily for developers because they're probably the only ones who can deal with the risks associated with using unfinished software. Bugs in the beta can cause you to have to reset the device. If at all you are still looking forward to getting Android Q, there are a few steps that need to be stringently followed.

The release features an enhanced machine learning API, and new APIs for 3D, 2D graphics and MIDI.

If you have a Google Pixel device (including the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, or Pixel XL) you can enroll it in Google's Android Beta for Pixel program to try out the Android Q Beta. These users had forced the Night Mode enabled in developer options of Android Pie before upgrading to Android Q. Now, they are forced to use the Dark Mode as there's no toggle setting for the same in Android Q Beta.

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Interface is further streamlined for these untraditional devices as well as for conventional smartphones via the integration of tools that make sharing content more efficient and the system settings related to app usability (internet connectivity, NFV, volume) more accessible.

Apps will be able to show key system settings in their own context, not having to point you to a specific part of Settings and then hope you keep in mind to go back once you've enabled whichever option the app needed. Even when you have an app from the OEM, it's likely you had to access device settings somewhere along the way.

All of that is awaiting developers keen to see what Android Q has for them, which right now is only available on Google's Pixel range, and nothing else.

Apart from the ones mentioned above, Android Q will also bring features like desktop mode, native screen recording, no back button, new audio video codecs, etc once it releases to the masses. Instead of allowing apps to pull in location data at pretty much any given time, the new option lets users define whether it can be always shared, never shared, and somewhere in between. Dynamic Depth will be an open format, so it might take off. Google offers the beta to collect and incorporate user feedback.

This is a small but important feature because you no longer have to dig into the Settings app to figure out how to tailor an app's alerts.

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