Google announces Android Q: New features revealed in beta version

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Last night, Google dropped the first beta of the upcoming version of its mobile operating system - Android Q. While it's just available for the Google Pixel (all generations) owners to try out, it's packed with promising features - especially for photography enthusiasts.

If you're interested in a detailed breakdown of what Google's working on with Android Q, the Google Developer Blog has a thorough rundown.

As Android fans know, every new version of the operating system is named after a sweet treat. In case Android Q goes awry for some reason, users can rest easy knowing their precious data is stored safely in the cloud, ready to be downloaded anytime. The update for Android Q beta 1 is between 1.2GB and 1.3GB. These are also the wallpapers you would've seen in our YouTube video on exciting Android Q features.

There's a new native MIDI system as well, something that folks who spend time with a piano and keyboard might really find interesting, especially since electronic musical instruments usually steer clear of Android because of compatibility and performance issues. Shawn also likes to spend countless hours on social media to hunt the latest news from the biggest technology companies, so that his reports are as fresh as possible.

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.

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

As much as we like the way Android lets us share to and from so many apps and services, it's slow and tedious. Enroll In The Android Q Beta After backing up, users must then enroll in the beta by simply logging in using their Google account, then selecting the compatible device they'd like to install Android Q on. This lets app developers set a path into their app from the sharing menu, making sure everything's in place for the user to send what they want.

Settings panels allows quick access to settings that'd otherwise be available in the device's main Settings interface.

Pop ups, like those that one gets treated to when they have apps like Opera News installed, may be a thing of the past when Android Q rolls in later in the year. There are also system images and OTA files available for sideloading.

Included in the Android Q upgrade are improved security and privacy features which include being able to limit access to your location especially when they are not in use. Like many AI-powered features on Pixel, including camera features and our music feature Now Playing which helps your discover new music playing around you, Call Screen processes call details on-device, which means these experiences are fast, private to you, and use up less battery. Right now, Android supports 32-bit and 64-bit apps, but that will soon change.

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