Google Announces Android Q Beta: Faster Apps, Privacy Boosts, and More

Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

Pixel 1 to 3-series owners rejoice: the first Android 10 beta is now available for download. 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. Naturally, we installed it as fast as possible.

It's potentially disappointing news for anyone hoping Google would offer an "affordable" flagship variant to rival the likes of the iPhone XR and Samsung Galaxy S10e - which offer a range of flagship features at a lower price point. Until now, the firm rolled out the first preview of the Android OS to non-developers only after rolling out the second developer beta. As Google I/O comes and passes, we'll likely see more user-facing features make its way to Android Q. Google sys it's planning six Android Q betas in total.

To be clear, Google has not and never has placed specific dates for dropping software updates, but we do have a general idea of how the next few months will play out in the beta program.

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Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters
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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. Tapping on this icon opens up a pop-up at the bottom and lets you switch between audio output sources on the fly. Press it and bam, the app is back where it belongs. Currently, you can give an app access to your location either all the time or not all.

Android Q beta 1 features: With Android Q Google is focussing more on the privacy of the users.

Not only is this a privacy matter, but it surely helps save on battery life.

Android Q puts new limits on files located on shared external storage. The company recommends backing up your data before enrolling your device. The new section makes it easy to discover and revoke permissions for specific apps. It's a small but important step that could go a long way towards preventing apps from abusing data collection. You can pick between different accent colors, headline and body fonts, and icon shapes.

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