Android Q Beta First Look!

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While initial predictions on the matter didn't pan out, it still didn't take long for Google to debut the first developer preview of Android Q after media reports suggesting the launch is imminent began emerging on Monday.

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

Google released the first beta of Android Q yesterday, and as expected, there are a bunch of major features.

The Android Q beta is officially here primarily for developers to test their applications on.

This isn't a huge deal, by any means, but another example of one of the finer details that Google is working on for the latest version of Android.

It has been reported that more phones could support the Android Q public beta when it is finally made available.

Google has a detailed explanation of what features are contained in Android Q thus far in its blog post announcing the beta availability.

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Android Pie is still being rolled out to various smartphones - but that hasn't stopped Google from releasing its next big OS update. You'll also be able to control what download files an app can access.

The format will also allow third-party apps to manipulate depth data, opening the door for "specialized blurs and bokeh options" in an app.

Android Q is also adding Settings Panels to help you quickly enable a specific setting that an app needs. If you don't have a Pixel and still want to give it a go, you can, it's just a bit of a pain: you have to use the Android Emulator and grab the emulator images from the SDK Manager in Android Studio (this really is intended for devs).

Controlling apps that access photos, videos and audio files have become easier to manage on Android Q. Also, apps are required to use the system file picker inside the Downloads folder so that users can choose which files can be access by the app. The first four betas will be for testing purposes while betas 5 & 6 are intended release candidates, which are the final beta versions of the completed software update.

Android Q puts new limits on files located on shared external storage.

Google also says that users should expect to receive between three and six updates over the course of the Android Q beta program.

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