Android Q beta is now available for Pixel devices

Android Q beta is now available for developers and brave Pixel users

Android Q beta is now available for developers and brave Pixel users

Google says it's making the features an open format and that it's working with Android manufacturers to make the technology accessible across devices running Android Q and later.

Keep in mind, Android Q is now in beta - the first beta at that! - so features will likely change or be removed altogether.

Better late than never, Google has confirmed that improved control over location tracking is one of several new privacy features in the next version of its mobile OS, Android Q, due to appear later this year.

Aside from an impressive overall performance, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones house the best camera available in the American market at the moment.

One of the coolest features launched with the Google Pixel 3 is Call Screen, which allows you to have Google Assistant answer your spam calls. Android Q's first developer preview and beta is here.

If you want to see how Android Q's new gestures compare to Android Pie's gestures, here's a video I did last month.

Starting with Android Q, app developers can access depth information - the XMP (a metadata standard for files) data containing depth information and depth and confidence data (map containing details of distance of objects from the camera lens) from supported hardware cameras - along with the final compressed JPEG file of the photos captured on your phone. Google is also enabling Android Q to prevent apps from launching an activity while in the background, meaning that an app won't be able to just jump to the foreground and take over your focus.

Have fun playing around with the new gestures in Android Q! Currently, you can give an app access to your location either all the time or not all.

Android Q is also adding Settings Panels to help you quickly enable a specific setting that an app needs. XDADevelopers have a way to make it active all the time, and if you have a Pixel and want the dark theme always on, check the method here. If Google incorporates the same sensor that uses the same camera computational techniques to carry out image processing, we will have a real victor on our hands and it will be at a price range that more customers can enjoy and appreciate. Yes, Google has extended the support for the good old smartphone after hearing feedback from many users. Bugs in the beta can cause you to have to reset the device.

After following the prompts, you'll be able to download the OTA update. It's very much like Microsoft's Windows Insider programme. Be warned: this is unstable beta software.

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