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


Sign in to your Google Account to see a list of your eligible devices. Hopefully you'll be able to appreciate these hidden changes indirectly, but in case they're too subtle or you want a general run-down of what's new, here are the major additions.

"But since the app may not need location outside of when it's now in use, the user may not want to grant that access".

It's important to note that if you've used the Android Beta Program before and enrolled your device for the Android Oreo or Pie program, you will need to re-enroll your phone. 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. Currently, you can give an app access to your location either all the time or not all. Android Q brings some UI changes and quite a few novelties under the hood, and also a dark mode whose activation Google made complicated in Beta 1, for whatever reason.

Have fun playing around with the new gestures in Android Q!

There have been some under-the-hood changes to Wi-Fi in Android Q, which Google says will make it faster and more secure to connect to other devices - handy if you've got a house full of smart home tech that needs controlling via app.

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Credit: GoogleApps can now add support for a kind of settings pop-up that features only relevant options to the app you're in. For example, if you're using a browser but you've got no internet connection, a setting panel can pop up and display the Internet Connectivity panel so that you can quickly toggle on Wi-Fi or mobile data without leaving your app.

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More technical aspect of Q1 Beta includes support for AV1 video codec, require apps that target Android Q and above to use public APIs instead of private, MediaCodecInfo API that allows easier device screen specs identification for better media targeting and new Neural Network API 1.2 for more AI and machine learning features for developers.

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. Don't do this out of casual interest, especially since future betas figure to be more stable.

Open up a command prompt or terminal window in the directory where you stored the ADB binary.