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Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

15 March 2019

Beta 1 will deliver a new Sharing Shortcuts feature that will let the user share content with someone in another app.

Android Q, which won't have a name or version number until closer to release, doesn't have any significant visual changes as we saw in Android Pie. However, this is the first beta. For more on the features coming in Android Q, check out Google's blog post at the source link below. And of course, so Android enthusiasts can have the pride of knowing they're using the latest bleeding edge software. Currently, you can give an app access to your location either all the time or not all.

If you are on Android Q, you can find out how to enable the new desktop mode here. That effectively blocks apps from tracking you in the background. You'll also be able to control what download files an app can access.

But the developer beta will mostly showcase the changes behind the scenes, such as Android Q's souped-up privacy features and support for foldable displays; the latter will be handy given the upcoming debuts of the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X. But before we go any further in analyzing the new information revealed by the popular benchmarking tool, it's important to highlight just how easy it is to manipulate all this data.

While initial predictions on the matter didn't pan out, it still didn't take long for Google to debut the first developer preview of Android Q after media reports suggesting the launch is imminent began emerging on Monday. Speaking of Wi-Fi, Google is adding new wireless technologies to manage IoT hardware via Wi-Fi.

There are plenty of other enhancements as well, such as a new WiFi performance mode that will adapt to ensure a user has the fastest and lowest latency connection available to them for online gaming and VoIP calls. Android's painfully slow sharing menu could get a boost, too.

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

The major barrier to testing the new version of Android is having the right phone in the first place.

Google has introduced the Android Q Beta.

This initial version of the beta is now only available for Google's Pixel smartphones, including the first-generation Pixel devices.

So, one way is to get enrolled in the Android Beta program using the link given below, after which the Beta 1 will automatically land your Pixel phone via OTA update. Don't do this out of casual interest, especially since future betas figure to be more stable. Don't install it on your daily driver.

Google's shown off its schedule for beta releases and the final version in a handy timeline.

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Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters