Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Industry | By Jeannie Evans

Android Q public beta now available for Pixel phones

Android Q public beta now available for Pixel phones

Google released the first beta of Android Q yesterday, and as expected, there are a bunch of major features. The first version of this feature is available in the developer preview of Android Q, but there are a couple of problems with it.

If you're frequently bothered by telemarketers and robot callers, Android Q wants to help with its screen feature. Apps will be able to take better advantage of the foldable phones and other large-screen devices. Google has also rebuilt the WiFi stack in Android Q to enhance user privacy and performance.

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Contacts affinity is now no longer kept track of by Android. One of Android's own developers stated that this year's list of manufacturers and devices will be longer than last year. Of course, there are actually two "lite" versions of the search giant's latest stock Android phones in the pipeline, the larger of which was benchmarked several times a couple of months ago with slightly different specifications. Simply follow the on-screen instructions to install Android Q successfully. That's Bluetooth Low Energy's Connection Oriented Channels. The company recommends backing up your data before enrolling your device. In the Android developer blog, the team states the decision was made due to popular demand.

Google I/O 2019 is scheduled to take place from May 7 to May 9. Android Q also improves depth maps for cameras that support it. This update adds MONO and NIR CFA enumerations to tell the difference between near infrared cameras and more basic monochrome cameras. Bugs in the beta can cause you to have to reset the device. When an app wants to access your location, you can choose to deny it, allow all the time, or allow only when the app's being used.


Apps can access clipboard data while in the OS background if they are also the default input method editor (IME) -aka the default keyboard apps.

Some low-level system changes to Android ensure that apps will open faster than in previous versions.

Other privacy-related improvements concern access to non-resettable device identifiers (IMEI, serial numbers, and others). Android Q has enabled the Dual SIM, Dual Standby support. And, as always, the betas is full of less-noticeable technical changes that may not directly affect how you use your phone, but improve it all the same (like WPA3 support and optional randomised MAC addresses). This is something most devices have for ages, and with the Q update this feature will be natively supported.

Google has been doing a great job reorganizing settings within Android since Oreo.

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.

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