Android Q public beta now available for Pixel phones

  • Android Q public beta now available for Pixel phones

Android Q public beta now available for Pixel phones

Google has historically launched an initial beta for upcoming Android versions just ahead of its annual Google I/O Developers Conference - where more details and a wider beta are typically announced.

"You can get started with Beta 1 today by enrolling any Pixel device, including the original Pixel and Pixel XL, which we've extended support for by popular demand". Up until now Google only allowed this mechanism starting with later betas, when things became more stable, and the first preview build was only installable manually, as it was aimed exclusively at developers.

Android Q brings "a number of additional privacy and security features", Google said in a blog post, as well as new camera capabilities, faster app startup, enhancements for foldable devices, and more.

It's time to ready your apps for Android Q, developers. The previous split-screen implementation, which debuted in Android 7.0 Nougat, gave the illusion of two apps running at the same time, but really, only one app was active. Google also has system images available for the Pixel, Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 to use an Android emulator.

Many phones have a portrait mode that blurs the background of a subject in a photo.

Dynamic Depth format for photos. A new feature called "Multi-resume" could work to fix this. But the Android Q Beta is meant for developers and early adopters. Android Q will also be able to handle AV1 a video codec that allows for higher quality streaming video that uses less bandwidth.

We've also changed how the resizeableActivity manifest attribute works, to help you manage how your app is displayed on foldable and large screens. On the Galaxy Fold, Android Q will let you have Google Maps open on the small front display, and when you open it, your Google Maps session will jump to the big display. This can be especially helpful when managing connected devices. So instead of having to navigate to Settings to switch on Airplane Mode or toggle Wi-Fi or Mobile Data on/off, say, you'll be able to do that right within your mobile browser. There's no need for users to leave an to make adjustments.

You'll have more control over apps and their access to shared files. If you're more experienced, you can also download the Android system image files from Google here and flash them on yourself. With the new OS, developers can publish share targets that launch a specific activity in their apps with content attached. And it will offer a new Wi-Fi performance mode for when low latency is important, such as during real-time gaming, voice calls, and the like.

For these and every other folding, changing, reconfigurable device, Android Q has been equipped to preserve your app state as you move between multiple displays or as you open up an existing display. Android Q updates transport layer security to TLS 1.3, which Google claims can establish a secured connection 40 percent faster than TLS 1.2.

If you do decide to take the plunge and install Android Q, you'll find several new features included.