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

Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

Google Announces Android Q Beta: Faster Apps, Privacy Boosts, and More

Android Q brings new features to your smartphone, the most expected one being probably the dark mode but it's not the only new feature this version has in store. After you opt-in and accept the Android Beta Program Terms of Service, you can start sharing your thoughts about Android Q with us directly from your device and by joining the Android Beta Program Reddit community.

One thing to keep in mind is that this beta is meant for developers to get an early taste of Android Q and its features and to help them prepare their apps for the public Android Q release.

Other quality of life changes include a new settings API that allow developers to call up phone settings like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when needed instead of forcing users to go to the settings app.

Android 10 will also enable users to share content with others faster and more easily than before. And when connected to an external monitor, you will be able to use the new desktop mode with your Android phone.

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.

Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters
Android Q beta is now available for Pixel devices

Android Q also gives you more control over apps and what they can access. Rejoice Android aficionados! (that own a Pixel phone, of course). There are also new restrictions on apps launching background tasks without user knowledge, and restrictions that limit access to location data only while the app is in the foreground. 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.

Given that numerous services offered by the search giant rely on machine learning and the device performs some of these AI tasks, it would be an interesting decision for Google to include the Snapdragon 625 processor into its mid-range smartphones, which lacks the improved AI performance of some of the newer chipsets.

This is because a previous benchmarking leak revealed that the Pixel 3a XL was tested with 3GB RAM and a Snapdragon 625, which in a nutshell, are disappointing specifications for a device with the name "Pixel" attached to it. Considering HMD's close relationship with Google, it's very likely that Nokia smartphones will be a part of the beta program.

We must however repeat: this beta is more for developers rather than for general use. Before then several beta versions of the software will appear.

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