Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Industry | By Jeannie Evans

Android Q Beta Ready for Pixel Phones

Android Q Beta Ready for Pixel Phones

The Android Q beta is officially here primarily for developers to test their applications on.

There are two different routes you can take if you want it: the traditional developer route, or the super-friendly Android Beta Program route.

Android Pie is still being rolled out to various smartphones - but that hasn't stopped Google from releasing its next big OS update. The Android Q Beta 1 is available for all Pixel smartphone owners including the original Pixel and Pixel XL. 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.

In a listing from benchmarking app Geekbench, it appears the Pixel 3 XL Lite has been run through the program, revealing 3GB of RAM and a mid-range Snapdragon 625 chipset.

Which phones support Android Q beta/developer preview? Google warns that the pre-release version of Android Q many contain errors and defects, which can impact the normal functioning of the device. Owners of eligible devices are able to manually flash Android Q system images which are now also available for download from Google's servers. 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.

Android Q will also let the users jump directly into another app for sharing content using a feature called Sharing Shortcuts.

Google is further improving its permissions model with Android Q to make it more privacy-friendly. In June we can get accesses to the fourth built which are meant for testing while the 5th and 6th beta are more like the final beta.

Until very recently, Stock Android lacked a proper file manager app, prompting users to rely on shady third-party alternatives.

Once you're enrolled, you'll continue to be updated to every new version of the Android Q beta automatically, over-the-air. When working with files across the internet, one of the most useful and straightforward is a downward-pointing arrow representing the option to download - you see it in Gmail, you see it in Drive, and for most of us its presence is immediately understood.

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