Android Q Beta: How to download on Pixel phones and new features

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New Delhi | Published: March 15, 2019 9:00:44 AM

Android Q Beta is now out and available to download on Pixel phones

Android Q – the next version for the world’s most popular mobile operating system – is now available to download as beta. Google has been adding the final touches to Android Q, which is finished now. Android Q adds incremental updates to what its prequel Android Pie already offers. In a detailed blog post by Dave Burke, VP of Engineering in Google, he mentioned the newest version brings in some much-needed changes like better privacy control and support for foldable phones – which is on its way to being the hot cake in the smartphone market.

However, the Android Q Beta 1 has only been released for all Pixel devices, including all the first-gen Pixel phones, and Pixel XL. The update will possibly make its public debut in the third quarter of this year. The factory images are now available via Google’s Android website and Pixel users can download them to flash their devices.

If someone does not own a Pixel device and is still interested, they can experience it on an emulator. for that, download the latest emulator images through SDK manager in Android Studio and check out the changes through Android Emulator.

Since Beta 1 is out for testing purposes, it is advisable to not download it in the primary device, as it might face some problems along the course. Users can also report the bugs to the Android team. The final built for Android Q will be released at Google I/O this May.

What’s New?

Control over location data:

Android Q comes with greater control over the location data – users are now able to decide when to share this data and with whom. Unlike now, when an app asks for location data and it has to be granted for proper functioning. They will be provided with three options to share their location data – when the app is running, all the time – even when it is running in the background and never.

Control over Files:

Users are now also able to determine what audio, video or visual file they want to share with an app through the new runtime permissions. Users will also be able to decide which file in Downloads folder will be accessible to which app and which not.

The OS also provides better support to apps running in the background and will prevent it from launching, unless the user has allowed for a ‘high-priority notification’ which will provide a full-screen alarm. Further, improvements have been made to resize the apps for split-screen mode, which will prove to be helpful in the foldable phones that are to be launched later this year.

Q will also limit access to non-resettable device identifiers like IMEI and serial number. It will even randomise the MAC address of the device for when it is connected to a WiFi network.

File sharing:

Google has also improvised the sharing shortcuts in Android Q – which will allow the users to jump to other apps to share files – much like iOS. “This new API is supported in the new ShareTarget AndroidX library. This allows the apps to use the new functionality while allowing pre-Q devices to work using Direct Share,” Burke wrote in his post.

New Settings Panel:

The Settings Panel API is all new and have a floating UI, which will show key system settings inside the apps.

Connectivity:

Android Q also has improved privacy and security for features like Bluetooth and WiFi by relying on FINE location permission instead of COARSE. With FINE it will provide more accurate location through GPS and Network provider.

To improve WiFi security for public and private networks, Android Q use WPA3 and Enhanced Open. Apart from this it will also improve peer-to-peer internet connectivity and IoT device management.

Camera:

Android Q is also able to process Dynamic depth Imaging which consists of a JPEG, XMP metadata to adapt the depth-related elements. this Dynamic depth Imaging can also be used for making 3D images and support AR photography.

Apart from this, it introduces HDR10+ for high dynamic range video recording.

Media:

The OS support open source video codec AV1 which in turn will be able to stream high-quality video content with lesser bandwidth. The platform will also support all kinds of 64-bit apps natively as the company plans to make a shift later this year.

 

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