First Android Q beta rolls out to Pixel phones

Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

The first Android Q beta is now available to download and test on all the Pixel phones Google released so far, including the first-gen Pixel phones, which Google is still supporting "by popular demand".

Android Q beta 1 features: With Android Q Google is focussing more on the privacy of the users.

The operating system will also include enhanced support for foldable smartphones such as Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Huawei's Mate X devices.

As well as the above, it is hoped that there will be a system-wide dark mode implemented with an "override" option to force apps without dark mode to work with the night-friendly colour scheme. There are also expanded privacy-related permission pop-ups for new or newly-started apps. And although Google already listed some of the new features, it is yet to officially mention some of the hidden features. You need a Google Pixel - 1,2 or 3, it doesn't matter which version - to be eligible. It will only be available throughout the testing period, so once the stable Q release drops, this app will go away. Android Q has a new feature that lets you create a QR code for your Wi-Fi network, or scan a QR code to join a Wi-Fi network, directly in the device's Wi-Fi settings.

There are several other changes, including better support for sharing between applications, improved MIDI support, tighter integration with the Vulcan graphics API, faster application launching and more. Android Q is also adding "experimental support" for ANGLE on top of Vulkan, which is "a graphics abstraction layer designed for high-performance OpenGL compatibility across implementations". The example Google users is finding you're not connected to the internet when you open a browser.

Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

After following the prompts, you'll be able to download the OTA update.

Once you're enrolled, you'll continue to be updated to every new version of the Android Q beta automatically, over-the-air.

We expect more devices will be added to the Android Q beta before long, but for now, it's pretty much a Pixel party.

In February, an early access version of Android Q suggested that the new OS may remove the back button, replacing it with a gesture that would be universal across all Android phones, rather than an option provided by the phone maker. Be warned: this is unstable beta software.

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