Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Android Q beta is here!

Android Q beta is now available for developers and brave Pixel users Android Q will bring native support for foldable phones
Wayne Curry | 17 March, 2019, 03:27

So, casual users are recommended to stay away from it for now.

When you have a Pixel to hand, make sure it's not a phone you regularly use. That's why Android Q furthers the company's effort to support only public APIs.

One of the nifty new features is the enhancements for foldables. Now Google is adding much-requested theming features.

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.

User privacy is front and center on the new software. Users will be able to decide which apps can get access to their location data. This emulates iOS' model and should bring users more peace of mind. Restrictions will also be placed on an application's access to a user's photos, videos, audio files and downloads. But since the app may not need location outside of when it's now in use, the user may not want to grant that access.

Other privacy-related improvements concern access to non-resettable device identifiers (IMEI, serial numbers, and others).

This is something that consumers have been asking for years, and it's finally here.

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If you are unhappy with the Android Q beta experience at this point, you have the option to uninstall the beta and revert to Android Pie. However, this is the first beta. If you don't have a Pixel and still want to give it a go, you can, it's just a bit of a pain: you have to use the Android Emulator and grab the emulator images from the SDK Manager in Android Studio (this really is intended for devs). Google offers the beta to collect and incorporate user feedback. Clearly, the support comes in light of the launch of Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Huawei's Mate X foldable smartphones.

Foldable and other innovative screens: 2019 is turning out to be the year of foldable screens. Android Q will support multi-resume and notify apps when they are in focus. To ease developers into this transition, Google will only require apps that target Android Q (and up) to adhere to this limitation.

Monochrome is self-explanatory, and can be found in the current version of Android, 9.0 Pie.

"Use ".\" before the command if you're on Windows Powershell. Android Q will allow you to use both SIM networks at the same time. All without having to exit a now existing app and back.

Numerous previously announced features for foldable phones like the Galaxy Fold are also built into Android Q. For developers, that means supporting new paused and resumed states that allow multiple apps to work on a larger display. That effectively blocks apps from tracking you in the background. A Dynamic Depth image can also be used to create 3D images and, in the future, AR content.

Another interesting feature is the Dynamic Depth for a camera.

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