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Android Q beta is now available for Pixel devices

16 Mars 2019

The Android Q beta has arrived, bringing with it promises of better privacy controls, native support for foldable devices and greater connectivity.

You can add icons to the "Desktop", and any apps you launch open as freeform windows. We're definitely looking forward to seeing what Google has in store for the mid-range smartphone market, but it looks like attention is already turning to a point a bit further in the future. We're particularly interested in the compatibility tweaks Google has added to make Q work with folding phones.

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

Should you not now own a Pixel, there's no way for you to personally experience Android Q at the moment. Apart from the fact that many Android devices will not be upgraded to Q (only recent devices are guaranteed to get the latest version), Google's playing catchup here: Apple's iPhone has had the same feature since iOS 11 in 2017.

It's important to note that if you've used the Android Beta Program before and enrolled your device for the Android Oreo or Pie program, you will need to re-enroll your phone. The inclusion of the original Pixel and Pixel XL devices is a big surprise.

We don't yet know the authenticity of the drawing itself, but Phone Arena has also made a mock-up of the render that you can see below to help show how it may look as a finished product. Appropriately named Android Beta Feedback, this will be the preferred means by which you can report bugs, submit feature requests, and other notes for the Android team.

Furthermore, the operating system now gives owners the option to let applications access the device's location "only when the app is in use" rather than all the time. Once you've rooted your phone, one thing I highly recommend you try is enabling the system-wide dark mode but disabling the forced dark in third-party apps. 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. Giving developers instant pop-up access to a device's Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or NFC. There's no mention of this change in the current Android Q release notes, so we could see it show up in a later version of the OS. Like with the notch last year, punch-holes are nearly certain to be the trend this year, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Google join the bandwagon with the Pixel 4 phones. You should be able to disable or reset your advertising ID without being tracked, and Android Q makes that possible. Moreover, Android Q gains support for AV1 video codec, which should lead to improved streaming quality with less bandwidth. The software also supports audio encoding via Opus, which is optimized for speech and music streaming.

Android Q beta is now available for Pixel devices