Android Q Beta First Look!

Ceria Alfonso
Marcha 14, 2019

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 new version of Android is available to download for all Google Pixel owners - that's for Pixel 1, 2, and 3 - and includes a number of updates ranging from improved security to with the most notable being support for foldable devices. "You can get started with Beta 1 today by enrolling any Pixel device, including the original Pixel and Pixel XL, which we've extended support for by popular demand". You can run this too on your Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, or Pixel 3 as well. 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. This release is mainly to give developers a chance to begin testing apps against the new Android API features. In Android Q, apps can request depth data (JPEG + XMP metadata + depth and confidence map) to, say, offer "specialized blurs and bokeh options in your app", as the Android post suggests.

Portrait photos are all the rage these days, and in Android Q, Google's taking them to another level with a feature called "dynamic depth".

Android Q lets developer control how their apps behave on foldable screens. The status bar and navigation bar seem unchanged, but you have a lot more room to work with now. "You can even use the data to create 3D images or support AR photography use-cases in the future". Google also says it plans to integrate support for folding displays in the Android Emulator for developers soon.

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Developers will be able to publish targets in the Sharing Shortcuts interface in advance, which allows them to load instantly when launched by a user. For example, Chrome could show shortcut buttons for adjusting settings like WiFi, airplane mode, and data without you needing to go into the Settings app.

Google will be releasing six beta editions of Android Q. The first one will come in March and the second one will be arriving in April. You should be able to disable or reset your advertising ID without being tracked, and Android Q makes that possible. At the other end of the scale, there's a Wi-Fi performance mode to increase speed and lower latency at the expense of battery life.

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