While Android Pie is yet to make its way to even 10 percent of Android devices out there, Google has gone ahead and released the first beta of Android Q. The update is squarely aimed at privacy and security while also adding support for hardware devices and technology that we will see become commonplace in 2019.
Android Q puts new limits on files located on shared external storage. Maybe the Pixel 4 XL will inherit these, or maybe Google will upgrade them in a way. Of course, being the first preview, it's probably not stable and you should consider holding off until a more stable beta version shows up in a couple of months, likely at Google I/O.
You can find more info about Android Q in Google Official blog post. Android Q places a focus on privacy, like with its new location data setting that'll let you choose whether an app can access your location all the time, only while the app is in use, or deny location access completely. However, I must wonder what delicious dessert will Android Q be named after? It's available to all Pixel phones, including the original Pixel and Pixel XL.
So what shiny new features does Android Q bring along with it?
Android is finally getting more granular control over how an app can use location information.
For downloading the images, use this link. 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.
As well as the above, it is hoped that there will be a system-wide dark mode implemented with an "override" option to force apps without dark mode to work with the night-friendly colour scheme. Given the current smartphone design direction of more screen and less bezel, it's unlikely Google has dropped the idea completely.
This is because a previous benchmarking leak revealed that the Pixel 3a XL was tested with 3GB RAM and a Snapdragon 625, which in a nutshell, are disappointing specifications for a device with the name "Pixel" attached to it.
If you don't have a Pixel, you can download system images onto the Android Emulator program on your Windows, Mac or Linux computer.
The same beta program was used for Android Nougat, Oreo and Pie and is very simple, meaning you don't have to get involved in flashing updates or anything complicated. Before then several beta versions of the software will appear.
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