Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

Alonzo Simpson
March 15, 2019

According to the YouTube channel Techusiast, the Android Q Developer Preview Beta 1 already has Screen Recording feature, confirming rumors from earlier this year. 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.

The new version of Android, Android Q, has arrived! Google's current Pixel 3 XL has a dual-lens selfie cam setup, so the sketch certainly makes sense, though there were some things about it that made us skeptical. Android Q will include improvements there, too, allowing apps to request a Dynamic Depth image that includes a JPEG, XMP metadata related to depth elements, and a depth and confidence map all in the same file. You will find more information about these new features in our article dedicated to the new features of Android Q.

We can see that privacy will be a major focus in Android Q. Google now treats your location as a special permission that has additional controls for app access.

If you're frequently bothered by telemarketers and robot callers, Android Q wants to help with its screen feature.

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There are plenty of other enhancements as well, such as a new WiFi performance mode that will adapt to ensure a user has the fastest and lowest latency connection available to them for online gaming and VoIP calls. So for example, you can only add app shortcuts to the desktop and nothing else.

In the same leaked beta from February, there was apparently a system-wide dark mode, which would activate the darker colors in all apps, and recolor apps that didn't have a dark theme built in. Right now, users can either grant or deny location access to an app which leads to many apps silently tracking the location of their users in the background. The original Pixel phones were designed by HTC for Google, and they were blatant iPhone 6 ripoffs. If the render is indeed accurate, it would indicate that Google is going with an in-display sensor like many other flagship Android phones. Bugs in the beta can cause you to have to reset the device. Be warned: this is unstable beta software. The beta program will be opened up to more phones as time goes on (probably after Google I/O in May) - Google has said it wants to extend the program beyond the seven manufacturers (besides Google) that took part last time.

The beta is aimed at developers rather than normal users, but that doesn't mean you can't install it and have a poke around anyway.

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