Android Q Beta First Look!

Google releases first Android Q beta for Pixel phones

Google’s first public Android Q beta is now available for Pixel phones

However, previous Pixel 3 XL Lite (and Pixel 3 Lite) rumors also suggest the handset will inherit the fantastic camera from its more powerful siblings, and while its internals may not be as exciting as hoped, this could make it the best budget camera phone around. Mind you, the beta is bound to be full of bugs so we recommend not using a primary device to test out the beta.

There are two different routes you can take if you want it: the traditional developer route, or the super-friendly Android Beta Program route.

Android Q sets this right, flipping that arrow on its head and giving us a backup icon that's logical, intuitive, and dare we say - correct.

While Google has yet to announce numerous details that make Android Q the next best thing for consumers, which will likely come as we get deeper into its development, there are a few key things that are new for developers. It won't look a whole lot like the final product we'll get in Autumn, and there'll probably be a load of new stuff added to it after Google I/O in May, but there are still some fun features to play with in the meantime. While this alleged Pixel 3 Lite XL prototype runs the latest stable OS version (Android 9.0 Pie), its processor and memory count are hardly up to modern standards. Support for WPA3 and Enhanced Open are also coming to Android Q to improve wireless data security.

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.

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

Google releases first Android Q beta for Pixel phones
Android Q Has Landed: Here's How To Get It On Your Phone

Google has introduced the Android Q Beta.

One of the features we're most excited for is improved control over apps that use your location.

Google is expanding support for passive authentication methods such as face in Android Q, but there's no 3D face recognition support mentioned. For now, though, the interface itself is just scaled to work on bigger displays and there isn't much of a difference on the actual UI.

It has been reported that more phones could support the Android Q public beta when it is finally made available.

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

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