Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

Here's How To Enroll In Google's Android Q Beta Program

Here's How To Enroll In Google's Android Q Beta Program

But the Android Q Beta is meant for developers and early adopters.

If you're using any Pixel phone though, you're set. And of course, so Android enthusiasts can have the pride of knowing they're using the latest bleeding edge software. Google wants to build on "top of privacy protections in Android" users.

There has been more pre-release buzz about the upcoming Android release than usual this year thanks to a leaked build of Android Q several weeks back.

Google today released an Android Q beta update. Just as Android 9 Pie came with different kinds of display notch designs, the Android Q has been created to better manage the contents on devices with foldable screens. The original Pixel, Pixel 2 series and Pixel 3 series all qualify. Android Q also brings in a new Setting Panels, an API that will allow applications to show setting to the users in the context of their app. Google will announce more Android Q features at Google I/O 2019 in May where it is also expected to announce some new Assistant related features.

That's some claim. With Android Pie, the public beta was available on smartphones made by Sony, Xiaomi, OnePlus and Oppo, among others. Google offers the beta to collect and incorporate user feedback. The handsets supported are Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL along with the official Android emulator. 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. And when connected to an external monitor, you will be able to use the new desktop mode with your Android phone. "Many of these enhancements are part of our work in Project Strobe", Google notes. When working with files across the internet, one of the most useful and straightforward is a downward-pointing arrow representing the option to download - you see it in Gmail, you see it in Drive, and for most of us its presence is immediately understood. In the video department, Android Q will make it easier for apps to figure out the video rendering capabilities of an Android device. The first four betas will be for testing purposes while betas 5 & 6 are intended release candidates, which are the final beta versions of the completed software update.

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