Android Q beta is now available for Pixel devices

Helen Aguilar
March 17, 2019

Google has announced on its blog that the Android Q will be available for all Google Pixel Phones including the very first Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL; all Google Pixel users will get the Android Q Beta 1 or Android 10 Beta 1 on their phones.

Google has introduced the Android Q Beta.

There will undoubtedly be more revelations about Android Q as this is just the first beta out of the planned six. In case Android Q goes awry for some reason, users can rest easy knowing their precious data is stored safely in the cloud, ready to be downloaded anytime.

While we didn't get an email, we did opt in with our Pixel 3 device and updated the app. They have changed how the resizeable Activity manifest attribute will work to help developers manage their app for foldable screens.

You'll then get future beta updates and eventually the stable release automatically as they appear.

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There's a new native MIDI system as well, something that folks who spend time with a piano and keyboard might really find interesting, especially since electronic musical instruments usually steer clear of Android because of compatibility and performance issues. So if you do decide to install it onto your Pixel, don't be surprised if you encounter some bugs. The OTA files and factory images for the first public Android Q beta have gone live now.

Google is also including new audio and video playback technologies, supporting AV1 video codec, Opus audio codec, and HDR10+, which should bode well for improved media streaming, especially from a developer standpoint. Long praised as one of Android's core strengths when pitted against competitors like Apple's iOS and Microsoft's Windows Phone (back in the day), the Android share menu that allows users to share pretty much anything with compatible apps installed on their devices, has had no equal. It also tweaks the ART runtime, allowing apps to be optimised for faster launch times before they have even been fully downloaded. Instead of offering the binary choice of accepting or declining overall permissions, users will now be able to limit access to when the application is in use, automatically revoking real-time location data once it's closed again.

The last feature that we want to cover is Google's Product Sans font that is being introduced system-wide on all Pixel smartphones.

We can see that privacy will be a major focus in Android Q. Google now treats your location as a special permission that has additional controls for app access.

A number of camera enhancements will be included in Android Q, including the ability to request a Dynamic Depth image when taking a picture with your smartphone's camera. Right now, Android supports 32-bit and 64-bit apps, but that will soon change.

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