Google announces Android Q: New features revealed in beta version

Android Q makes sharing your WiFi password with friends super easy

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You'll need a Pixel phone to run Android Q. Any model will work, including the original Pixel and Pixel XL that Google released in 2016.

Here's a closer look at what this Android Q release delivers, how to get it, and when we can expect additional updates.

To get the Android Q beta, one has to register with Google's Android Beta program. Further, the user will not receive separate monthly security updates while on a beta build.

Starting in Android Q, apps can request a Dynamic Depth image which consists of a JPEG, XMP metadata related to depth related elements, and a depth and confidence map embedded in the same file on devices that advertise support.

Also when you restart your device, the phone will flash a message informing you that your device is running a beta version of Android. For the uninitiated, Project Strobe is a review of third-party developer access (this includes the likes of Facebook and TrueCaller) to Google account and Android device data. Google is also including limits on the access apps will have to photos, videos, audio, and downloaded files on devices.

If you are on Android Q, you can find out how to enable the new desktop mode here.

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. There's no telling what apps or services will break due to changes made throughout the beta process.

Android Pie is still being rolled out to various smartphones - but that hasn't stopped Google from releasing its next big OS update. In June we can get accesses to the fourth built which are meant for testing while the 5th and 6th beta are more like the final beta.

Another cool feature is a new Settings Panel API that'll let developers push a pop-menu for settings like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC, so users won't have to exit apps to go to settings and back.

Concluding months of rumours and speculations, search giant Google has finally unveiled Android Q, the company's next major Android OS version.

In addition, they can use Dynamic Depth data to create 3D images or augmented reality effects in photos in the future. The updated OS includes new camera capabilities, faster app launch and foldable screen support, among other things.

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