Google Pixel & Pixel XL to receive Android Q update "by popular demand"


It was expected that Google might drop support for the original Pixel and Pixel XL with Android Q, but Burke's post makes it clear that the company has heard demand from the community for continued support on these devices (and I'll be running the beta on my own OG Pixel). 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. With the final design with Android Q relying on feedback from the beta program and users free to offer more insight and suggestions, tearing into upcoming features and improvements ahead of their respective finalization could become much more hard. You can run this too on your Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, or Pixel 3 as well.

There's also a host of other less visible under-the-hood updates to Android Q including a new settings panel that can be activated from within certain apps.

Android Q is also adding Settings Panels to help you quickly enable a specific setting that an app needs.

In Android Q apps can request a Dynamic Depth image, making it possible for third party apps to offer specialized blurs and bokeh options. The depth-mapping data used to accomplish the effect is discarded after the photo is created.

Apps will be able to show key system settings in their own context, not having to point you to a specific part of Settings and then hope you keep in mind to go back once you've enabled whichever option the app needed.

The Wi-Fi stack in Android Q has been rebuilt to improve privacy and performance, and also improve use cases like managing IoT devices and suggesting internet connections without requiring the location permission. Google also has system images available for the Pixel, Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 to use an Android emulator.

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As for the user-centric features, Android Q introduces Sharing Shortcuts.

You can use floating display windows to adjust settings while in an app. Developers can choose which settings to feature.

Developers will be able to publish targets in the Sharing Shortcuts interface in advance, which allows them to load instantly when launched by a user. Google says users will be able to toggle on a "low latency mode" which would be beneficial for "real-time-gaming" and "active voice calls".

Now for the important question...

Those with compatible phones who are interested in testing this early version of Android Q just need to enroll their device and then check for updates.