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

Ceria Alfonso
Marcha 15, 2019

Android Q, which won't have a name or version number until closer to release, doesn't have any significant visual changes as we saw in Android Pie.

Google is expanding support for passive authentication methods such as face in Android Q, but there's no 3D face recognition support mentioned.

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.

Another new feature Google is including with Q is the ability to change your accent colours. Google, of course, has its own location-related issues to deal with, and limiting access to location data on Android might be a good way to start.

Along with some neat new features Google is also getting ready for the explosion in foldable phones by including native support for these bendy devices. Tapping on this icon opens up a pop-up at the bottom and lets you switch between audio output sources on the fly. Apps can no longer leap into the foreground while you're using another app; the most an app can now do is give a notification that it wants to do something.

Requesting a JPEG + Dynamic Depth image makes it possible for you to offer specialized blurs and bokeh options in your app.

Move aside, Samsung DeX.

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Keep in mind, this is only the first beta of Android Q, so that's not a surprise at all.

Android first introduced freeform window mode with Nougat back in 2017. Hence, it is surprising the arrival of Android Q for Snapdragon 821 powered Pixel and Pixel XL phones from 2016.

Android Q will also prevent apps from accessing shared files unless you want them to, which means you'll be able to control the way apps access photos, videos, and other data.

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.

However, there are a couple of ways (one really simple and other a little tricky) to enable the dark theme and see how your device would look. What should Android Q be called? They're pretty self-explanatory, but there are some bits to note.

However, previous Pixel 3 XL Lite (and Pixel 3 Lite) rumors also suggest the handset will inherit the fantastic camera from its more powerful siblings, and while its internals may not be as exciting as hoped, this could make it the best budget camera phone around. Have you stumbled on any hidden features that you think should be on this list?

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