How to get Android 10 Q beta on your phone right now

15 March, 2019, 23:11 | Author: Patty Hardy
  • Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

Google this week officially announced the first beta of Android 10 Q available for their Pixel devices. I'll mess around with the Android Q beta on the Google Pixel 3 XL some more to see if there's anything more I can share. The big trend in smartphone design this year is the hole-punch display like the one on Samsung's new Galaxy S10, and a leaked design sketch yesterday showed us a supposed Google Pixel 4 XL sketch with a dual-lens front-facing camera peaking through a hole cut out of the phone's top-right corner.

If you own a Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel and Pixel 3 XL you can access this update now. You need a Google Pixel - 1,2 or 3, it doesn't matter which version - to be eligible. Google expects to have six beta releases this year before the final rollout, so you might want to wait for another couple of iterations.

It's time to ready your apps for Android Q, developers.

A number of camera enhancements will be included in Android Q, including the ability to request a Dynamic Depth image when taking a picture with your smartphone's camera.

Starting with Android Q, users will have an option to provide location access to an app only while it is being used.

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Credit: GoogleApps can now add support for a kind of settings pop-up that features only relevant options to the app you're in. You'll be able to control an app's access to the Photos and Videos or Audio collections using new runtime permissions, and for Downloads, apps must use the system file picker to let you decide which downloaded files the app can access.

Android Q also gives you more control over apps and what they can access. By accessing the panel, you can immediately toggle your Wi-Fi, mobile data and Airplane Mode settings without having to go into the full Settings menu. It's available to all Pixel phones, including the original Pixel and Pixel XL.

Given that numerous services offered by the search giant rely on machine learning and the device performs some of these AI tasks, it would be an interesting decision for Google to include the Snapdragon 625 processor into its mid-range smartphones, which lacks the improved AI performance of some of the newer chipsets. Bugs in the beta can cause you to have to reset the device.

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. It's very much like Microsoft's Windows Insider programme. Before then several beta versions of the software will appear.

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