Here's How To Enroll In Google's Android Q Beta Program

Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

For now, Google has only released a beta of Android Q for compatible Pixel devices.

While this release is available for any user with a Pixel device, it is meant for developers to test compatibility issues and iron out bugs in the new operating system.

But the developer beta will mostly showcase the changes behind the scenes, such as Android Q's souped-up privacy features and support for foldable displays; the latter will be handy given the upcoming debuts of the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X.

There's no guarantee these will make it into the final build of Android Q, mind you - Google teased a dark mode in previous versions of Android, only to pull them in the final release - but a man can dream.

Another new feature Google is including with Q is the ability to change your accent colours.

Google is giving developers the ability to incorporate a system settings panel right within their app, allowing you to do things like turn on wi-fi or airplane mode without ever leaving your browser. You can even use the data to create 3D images or support AR photography use-cases in the future. Google offers the beta to collect and incorporate user feedback.

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Starting in Android Q, apps can request a Dynamic Depth image which consists of a JPEG, XMP metadata related to depth related elements, and a depth and confidence map embedded in the same file on devices that advertise support.

That might be because Google is testing several configurations of the device or we could see different Pixel 3 Lite and 3 Lite XL variants commercially released eventually.

Android Q comes with plenty of other changes aimed at improving the overall experience of using the OS.

In addition to these, Android Q brings new connectivity APIs onboard along with support for more media codecs and camera improvements.

XDA Developers reports that the experimental desktop mode enables freefrom multi-windows, allowing users to open apps and move them around however they like. The new version of Android prevents apps for opening activities in the background. The beta build can be installed on the Pixel devices by enrolling in the Android Beta Program first.

After following the prompts, you'll be able to download the OTA update. Be warned: this is unstable beta software.

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