Google releases first Android Q beta for Pixel phones

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Google releases first Android Q beta for Pixel phones

The next version of Android is here. sorta. More details in may this year Google has released Android Q Beta 1 for developers to test the new APIs and give feedback before the Google IO 2019 developer's conference.

One of the biggest issues facing foldable devices is how Android will adapt to the various modes when folded and unfolded. Android Q updates transport layer security to TLS 1.3, which Google claims can establish a secured connection 40 percent faster than TLS 1.2.

Also on the permissions front, you'll be able to better control apps' access to your photos, videos, and audio files, and to get inside the Downloads folder apps must use the system file picker, which lets you decide which files the app can access. Dynamic Depth will be an open format, so it might take off. The information requested can be used to apply special blurs and bokeh effects to images. This means support for multi-resume and the ability to notify an app when it has the user's focus, and help for developers to manage how their app is displayed on a foldable screen. Android's painfully slow sharing menu could get a boost, too. Since Android Nougat, the finalized version of the OS has been published sometime in August with Android Pie having been pushed out the earliest.

There's also a host of other less visible under-the-hood updates to Android Q including a new settings panel that can be activated from within certain apps.

New Wifi modes have been added to benefit certain applications like gaming.

But most of the changes coming in Q at this point are behind-the-scenes improvements, featuring things like enhanced Wi-Fi performance, better 3D games and neural computing and optimized memory consumption for apps.

You can install the Android Q beta on any Pixel phone, going all the way back to the 2016 first-gen version.

There are two ways to test Android Q on your Pixel, and both are pretty easy.

Interestingly, you can grab the first Android Q beta release through the Android Beta program - just enroll your device here and then you'll receive the build over-the-air. As part of its work in Project Strobe, Google is adding a number of new privacy and security features to Android Q. These include more control over when apps can get your location information, more control over apps' ability to access private data like photos and videos, and a new blocker on apps launching foreground activities from a background task (which often interrupts what you're now doing in another app).

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