Google just released the first Android Q beta

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

While there are some user-facing changes with Android Q compared to Pie, this latest Android version is primarily focused on smaller backend tweaks and upgrades to make your phone, faster, safer, and more reliable.

While Google has yet to announce numerous details that make Android Q the next best thing for consumers, which will likely come as we get deeper into its development, there are a few key things that are new for developers.

These might be some of the most onerous changes for developers in Android Q, which is why, as the Android Developers Blog post reads: "We are bringing these changes to you early, so you can have as much time as possible to prepare".

We heard rumours earlier in the week that the Android Q Beta will be available on a wide array of devices. If you're more experienced, you can also download the Android system image files from Google here and flash them on yourself. The same should hold true for Android Q so those who are interested in the program will want to keep an eye out for it over the coming days or weeks. All the multi-camera systems everyone has added to phones will also get a boost with Google's new dynamic depth format. The status bar and navigation bar seem unchanged, but you have a lot more room to work with now. An updated Android Emulator also lets developers start testing their apps for foldable displays even without a foldable device on hand.

Device location access
Device location access

In May, Google will be holding its I/O 2019 conference to announce the key features of the Android Q. The successor of Android P comes with a new permission management setup for tracking location that provides users three options for apps to access device's location all the time or allow it while the app is in use or deny. Developers can use Dynamic Depth data to create 3D images and AR photography.

If you're using any Pixel phone though, you're set. With it, developers can publish share targets that launch a specific activity in their app with content attached. So instead of having to navigate to Settings to switch on Airplane Mode or toggle Wi-Fi or Mobile Data on/off, say, you'll be able to do that right within your mobile browser. There will be a high-performance mode with low latency so that users can take advantage of stutter-free Wi-Fi connectivity while playing games, video and voice calls.

Now, for the most important question: What does the Q in Android Q stand for?

Google will be releasing six beta editions of Android Q. The first one will come in March and the second one will be arriving in April.

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