Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Tech | By Constance Martin

Android Q beta divided into six stages, final release in Q3

Android Q beta divided into six stages, final release in Q3

Google today released an Android Q beta update. The text selection cursor in the Android Q Beta, which operates independently of the space bar cursor control in Gboard, now produces haptic feedback when you move the cursor around.

Previously, the first preview build of predecessor Android versions were installable only through manual processor since it was aimed towards developers.

This beta is mainly for the developers for testing their applications on the upcoming version of this OS. Android Q places a focus on privacy, like with its new location data setting that'll let you choose whether an app can access your location all the time, only while the app is in use, or deny location access completely.

There'll also be new APIs for sharing, connectivity, media, and biometrics.

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The access to the IMEI number and other sensitive information on the device will be restricted on the latest Android version.

But most of the changes coming in Q at this point are behind-the-scenes improvements, featuring things like enhanced Wi-Fi performance, better 3D games and neural computing and optimized memory consumption for apps. Until now, the firm rolled out the first preview of the Android OS to non-developers only after rolling out the second developer beta. 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". A new Sharing Shortcuts feature will make it easier to share content between apps using a similar function to Android's App Shortcuts feature, according to Google. Instead, you open Network & Wi-Fi and then tap Wi-Fi. This is the first beta, and as we saw with Android Pie, Google could expand the public beta to more smartphones, when it is revealed at I/O 2019 in May.

What are the key features of Android Q?

We heard rumours earlier in the week that the Android Q Beta will be available on a wide array of devices. If the Pixel is your main device, it might not be such a good idea to install Android Q beta immediately. You can use the Android Emulator and download the latest emulator system images via the SDK Manager in Android studio.

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