You Can Get Android Q Now if You Have a Google Pixel

Android Q brings in a number of additional privacy and security features for users enhancements for foldables new APIs for connectivity new media codecs and camera capabilities NNAPI extensions Vulkan 1.1 support faster app startup and more

Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

A final unfamiliar aspect of Android Q is that users with Google Pixel smartphones can get hold of beta version 1 this week as an over-the-air downloadable system image (no need to root a device or wait for later builds).

If you'd like to enroll in the Android Q beta, you can do so right now on the official beta webpage.

Android Q devices will now transmit a randomized MAC address by default, at all times, and for all communications.

Update: You can find the images of the Android Q beta here for flashing manually. To be clear, this just refers to the first developer preview, which means it's primarily for developers because they're probably the only ones who can deal with the risks associated with using unfinished software.

The Beta 1 is only available for Pixel Devices. Enabling dark mode in Android Q will turn the entire interface black, which would enhance the viewing experience at night. So, before going any further you should make sure that you have the backup of all your data.

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Q is the 10th major platform release of the software that dominates the smartphone market (Android has a market share north of 85 per cent**).

Speaking about the Q update Dave Burke, VP of Engineering said: "In 2019, mobile innovation is stronger than ever, with new technologies from 5G to edge to edge displays and even foldable screens".

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While there are some user-facing changes with Android Q compared to Pie, this latest Android version is primarily focused on smaller backend tweaks and upgrades to make your phone, faster, safer, and more reliable.

If history repeats itself, most of the consumer-facing features coming in Android Q should be unveiled at the Google I/O conference in May.

The Android Q beta is aimed at developers, but regular users are also able to download and install the update if they want.

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.

Credit: GoogleUnless you're devotedly toggling the settings before and after each time you use something like Google Maps, it's most likely that you're giving any apps that ask for your location your permission once, and then leaving it on forever, letting apps track your movements even if you're not using them.

Google has been doing a great job reorganizing settings within Android since Oreo. If you'd like to access images, hit the "Images" button, if you'd like to see documents, you hit the "Documents" button... you get the idea. Dynamic Depth will be an open format, so it might take off. It could be enabled for all users in the future beta versions.

The Android Q beta also brings new audio and video codecs.

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