Google Releases Android Q Beta 1

Google releases first Android Q beta for Pixel phones

Google’s first public Android Q beta is now available for Pixel phones

It was expected that Google might drop support for the original Pixel and Pixel XL with Android Q, but Burke's post makes it clear that the company has heard demand from the community for continued support on these devices (and I'll be running the beta on my own OG Pixel).

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. The changes aren't massive here, but the best parts of our year are playing with new versions of Android. Hence, it is surprising the arrival of Android Q for Snapdragon 821 powered Pixel and Pixel XL phones from 2016.

It's also - even at this early stage - brimming with performance improvements for apps and games, and new depth features for images allowing developers to get creative with effects in their apps. Right now, when you grant an app location access, there is no quick on/off toggle for when the app isn't being used.

Using the depth map data collected from a camera, which include information for an isolated background and foreground, Google says apps will be able to create "specialized blurs and bokeh options".

Dynamic Depth format for photos. Google also has system images available for the Pixel, Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 to use an Android emulator. 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 no telling what apps or services will break due to changes made throughout the beta process. This share UI will apparently be able to load instantly, which is big if true.

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There are also tweaks to connectivity, including "adaptive Wi-Fi" that enables high performance/low latency modes, which would be useful for things like online gaming or voice calls.

To be clear, Google has not and never has placed specific dates for dropping software updates, but we do have a general idea of how the next few months will play out in the beta program.

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

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.

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