Android Q beta released: Pixel owners get first taste

Android Qs first beta is here for all Pixel devices Heres whats new

Representational image of Google Pixel 3 XL. Image tech2/Prannoy Palav

It is worth noting that unlike what happened with Android 9 Pie past year, Google is making its Android Q beta 1 available non-developers as well.

The Android Q beta has just been turned on and we're set for a crash course over the next several months. Android Q also improves depth maps for cameras that support it. New restrictions have been implemented on what activities can be launched in the background without user interaction, too. However, the Android Q first preview can be received over-the-air.

With that said and despite the fact that the name of the initiative specifically mentions "Beta" software, initial developer previews of major Android upgrades have traditionally been more akin to alpha builds, so this premier version of Android Q is first and foremost aimed at developers who want to check out what Google has been working on in order to prepare for optimizing their apps early on.

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. Do you own a Pixel device?

Device location access
Device location access

The initial release has just come out and will be supplanted with an incremental update around the start of April. It could take up to 24 hours for the update to reflect on your phone. The company recommends backing up your data before enrolling your device. In the video department, Android Q will make it easier for apps to figure out the video rendering capabilities of an Android device. Don't have a Pixel device? It'll be buggy, and serves as a way for Google to get feedback before releasing it to the general public. Those interested in privacy will take a close look at the new authorization management system, it should be simplified and will allow some interesting changes, including the impossibility of using localization when the application is not in use. You should be able to disable or reset your advertising ID without being tracked, and Android Q makes that possible.

For this, users should go to Settings About Phone Build number.

Also when you restart your device, the phone will flash a message informing you that your device is running a beta version of Android. SlashGear will be there to bring back all the details of the Android Q updates likely to arrive ahead of the OS' full release, which - if previous timelines hold true this year - we're expecting to be released in Q3 2019.

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