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While initial predictions on the matter didn't pan out, it still didn't take long for Google to debut the first developer preview of Android Q after media reports suggesting the launch is imminent began emerging on Monday. First, though, developers get a chance to play around with the updated OS, as Google released its first Android Q beta today (March 13). The Android Q Beta is now available to download on select handsets. Google has revealed some of the key features that the early Android Q beta 1 adopters will get. Just as Android 9 Pie came with different kinds of display notch designs, the Android Q has been created to better manage the contents on devices with foldable screens. Alphabet's subsidiary is maintaining separate lists of reported app compatibility problems, third-party SDK deficiencies, and general platform issues.

To get the Android Q beta, one has to register with Google's Android Beta program.

Google has a detailed explanation of what features are contained in Android Q thus far in its blog post announcing the beta availability. After all, buggy software on your primary phone can be a frustration if you suddenly can't use it when you need to. Google says apps like YouTube and Keep open about 21 percent faster on Q. With 3D face unlock solutions becoming more common, Android Q will add support for face identification as a system-level security method.

Representational image of Google Pixel 3 XL. Once done, you will receive the build over-the-air. Android Q requires you to verify with a password, PIN or fingerprint before it'll make the code though, Android Authority reported.

Device location access
Device location access

Also when you restart your device, the phone will flash a message informing you that your device is running a beta version of Android.

Google has also provided users with options to control an apps' access to photos, videos or audio collections via new runtime permissions. Android Q will also prevent any background app from launching an activity unless it is important, such as alarms or an incoming call. Check for Android Q update by going to Settings System Advanced System updates.

Below is a rundown of some of the new features in Android Q.

With the Android Q, looks like Google is taking privacy very seriously.

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Facebook's main product, its Messenger service, image-sharing site Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp have all been disrupted. Facebook did not say what was causing the outages, which were still occurring as of 2.15pm ET, or which regions were affected.



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