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Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

Google Announces Android Q Beta: Faster Apps, Privacy Boosts, and More

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

That's some claim. With Android Pie, the public beta was available on smartphones made by Sony, Xiaomi, OnePlus and Oppo, among others.

One potential problem, however, is that the change seems to affect any app running under Android Q, whether that app targets the version of Android or not. Here's the site where you can download them. We're particularly interested in the compatibility tweaks Google has added to make Q work with folding phones. Rather than bounce users between a smart speaker app and the settings menu, the pop-up would provide direct access to the setting an app require changes or permissions to, all while remaining within the app's interface.

Concluding months of rumours and speculations, search giant Google has finally unveiled Android Q, the company's next major Android OS version.

Sharing your Wi-Fi network password with friends or asking for theirs can be awkward. You can download images from Google and then flash them onto your device, but it will be a fresh install, with everything erased. So for example, you can only add app shortcuts to the desktop and nothing else. Google, of course, has its own location-related issues to deal with, and limiting access to location data on Android might be a good way to start.

Apps will also find it harder to gain access to things such as photos, videos, and audio.

Want more posts like this delivered to your inbox? Google says this approach "can be useful when you need more control over testing, such as for automated testing or regression testing". What should Android Q be called? Windows phone users may remember that from the before-times, but now Google is bringing it to default Android.

The more traditional way to get the Android Q developer preview is to go the system image/manual flashing route.

Another new feature Google is including with Q is the ability to change your accent colours. Given the current smartphone design direction of more screen and less bezel, it's unlikely Google has dropped the idea completely. In the upcoming Android Q, such another change will be coming and, this time, the ax will fall on apps read and manage items you copy to Android's clipboard.

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