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Google announces Android Q: New features revealed in beta version

15 March 2019
Google announces Android Q: New features revealed in beta version

You can install the Android Q beta on any Pixel phone, going all the way back to the 2016 first-gen version.

Another new feature Google is including with Q is the ability to change your accent colours.

We expected the preview to arrive soon, as it's becoming an annual tradition for the company to release a developer beta of its next version of Android in early March.

It means that owners of a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, or an original Pixel or Pixel XL are able to join the new beta.

Spotted on the Google Pixel subreddit, one user explains that Beta users can go to Settings - System - Advanced - Developer Options - Feature Flags and then to enable “settings_screenrecord_long_press”. Support for WPA3 and Enhanced Open are also coming to Android Q to improve wireless data security. Alphabet's subsidiary is maintaining separate lists of reported app compatibility problems, third-party SDK deficiencies, and general platform issues.

Google has released the first preview of Android Q. Google is also limiting access to non-resettable device identifiers, including device IMEI, serial number, and others with Android Q. You can run this too on your Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, or Pixel 3 as well. Once done, you will receive the build over-the-air.

Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

After enrolling, if it has been more than 24 hours and the update has not come, users should check if the device is connected to the internet.

Also when you restart your device, the phone will flash a message informing you that your device is running a beta version of Android. Google is also including limits on the access apps will have to photos, videos, audio, and downloaded files on devices.

Update: You can find the images of the Android Q beta here for flashing manually.

In addition, they can use Dynamic Depth data to create 3D images or augmented reality effects in photos in the future. However, I must wonder what delicious dessert will Android Q be named after? It is also introducing Sharing shortcuts which will allow users to directly share content with users inside apps.

This is a very significant update for Android, as it happens to coincide with the launch of 5G networks around the globe. Let's talk in details about the features Android Q brings.