Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
IT | By Emmett Cole

First beta version official and available for download

First beta version official and available for download

Unlike the previous Android built, this new Android Q preview update can be received over-the-air.

If you're using any Pixel phone though, you're set.

Which devices are eligible for Android Q beta? . Android Q requires you to verify with a password, PIN or fingerprint before it'll make the code though, Android Authority reported. The images are posted on this page on the Android developer site. While the screen recording functionality is buggy in its current state, we're sure Google will work out the kinks over the course of the beta updates before finally releasing Android Q sometime in Q3 this year. This means support for multi-resume and the ability to notify an app when it has the user's focus, and help for developers to manage how their app is displayed on a foldable screen. I've installed it on my Pixel 3 XL, and found some really neat features. Let's take a look at some of the changes that it brings. In Android Q, users can limit apps to only pull location data while the app is in use.

Other changes include an enhanced standard messaging experience, better privacy controls, a renewed emphasis on Digital Wellbeing tools, improved augmented reality tools and additional Google Assistant capabilities. Google says apps like YouTube and Keep open about 21 percent faster on Q. With 3D face unlock solutions becoming more common, Android Q will add support for face identification as a system-level security method.

Device location access
Device location access

Note: This feature is still in the early stages of development, and while it worked fine on our Pixel 2, it wasn't working as expected on the Pixel 3 XL, so your mileage may vary.

To install Android 10 Q right now on your smartphone and test the new features, you can opt for any of the two options.

Android Q also gives you more control over apps and what they can access. For example, if you're using a browser but you've got no internet connection, a setting panel can pop up and display the Internet Connectivity panel so that you can quickly toggle on Wi-Fi or mobile data without leaving your app. Google expects to have six beta releases this year before the final rollout, so you might want to wait for another couple of iterations. Hence the headline, if you're using an Android One handset like the ones hawked by Nokia, or you're using Google's Pixel handsets, you'll definitely see a benefit.

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