Google Releases Android Q Beta 1

14 March, 2019, 06:39 | Author: Sammy Rose
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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.

We're getting our first good look at Android Q, the next version of Google's mobile operating system which will come out in a public release later this year.

Android Q Beta 1 showcases Google's new security and privacy protection features and permissions, protecting users' information from location to filesystem and more. With the final design with Android Q relying on feedback from the beta program and users free to offer more insight and suggestions, tearing into upcoming features and improvements ahead of their respective finalization could become much more hard. Currently, Google is offering Android Q to all Pixel phones. In Android Q, apps can request depth data (JPEG + XMP metadata + depth and confidence map) to, say, offer "specialized blurs and bokeh options in your app", as the Android post suggests. Google says it's working with device partners to make Dynamic Depth an open format available across devices running Android Q and later.

Android Q lets developer control how their apps behave on foldable screens.

Controlling apps that access photos, videos and audio files have become easier to manage on Android Q. Also, apps are required to use the system file picker inside the Downloads folder so that users can choose which files can be access by the app. There's a new Sharing Shortcuts feature that "let users jump directly into another app to share content". For example, Chrome could show shortcut buttons for adjusting settings like WiFi, airplane mode, and data without you needing to go into the Settings app. Furthermore, it will also be used in instances of 3D images and support for AR photography. There's no telling what apps or services will break due to changes made throughout the beta process. That's right, even the original Pixel phones can take part in the program.

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Developers can publish share targets that launch a specific activity in their apps with content attached, and these are shown to users in the share UI.

There are also tweaks to connectivity, including "adaptive Wi-Fi" that enables high performance/low latency modes, which would be useful for things like online gaming or voice calls.

The third option is to set up an Android Emulator to run the beta.

Android Q provides more support for passive authentication like face ID.

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