It's here! Android Q developer beta launches for all Pixel devices

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The Android Q beta has just been turned on and we're set for a crash course over the next several months.

Android Q Beta 1 showcases Google's new security and privacy protection features and permissions, protecting users' information from location to filesystem and more.

While the version of Android called as Android Q has not been formally named as of yet, the first beta version of it is now available for all Pixel devices. But the Android Q Beta is meant for developers and early adopters. It is worth noting that unlike what happened with Android 9 Pie past year, Google is making its Android Q beta 1 available non-developers as well.

Are you going to load the Android Q beta on a Pixel phone? The images are posted on this page on the Android developer site. Instead, you open Network & Wi-Fi and then tap Wi-Fi. Things had changed with Android Pie (P, at the time) because new devices can access it (Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21, OnePlus 6, and Essential PH-1).

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Unless you're an Android developer, you may want to give this build of Android Q a pass. Coming to the Pixel phones, the original Pixel smartphones have already received the promised 2-year Android OS updates. For the uninitiated, Project Strobe is a review of third-party developer access (this includes the likes of Facebook and TrueCaller) to Google account and Android device data. Did you receive the Beta Update?

Also when you restart your device, the phone will flash a message informing you that your device is running a beta version of Android. You'll also be able to control what download files an app can access. With Android Q, "apps will be able to request a Dynamic Depth image which consists of a JPEG, XMP metadata related to depth related elements, and a depth and confidence map embedded in the same file on devices that advertise support". However, the Android Q first preview can be received over-the-air.

This is a very significant update for Android, as it happens to coincide with the launch of 5G networks around the globe.

"Android is right at the center of this innovation cycle, and thanks to the broad ecosystem of partners across billions of devices, Android's helping push the boundaries of hardware and software bringing new experiences and capabilities to users".

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