First Android Q beta rolls out to Pixel phones

Doris Richards
March 15, 2019

Pixel 1 to 3-series owners rejoice: the first Android 10 beta is now available for download.

It's time to ready your apps for Android Q, developers. Read on to find out more.

Keep in mind, Android Q is now in beta - the first beta at that! - so features will likely change or be removed altogether. Users who wish to install this new OS version may need to enrol in Google's program for the objective beforehand.

We've been begging Google to give us a screen recording feature for ages, and while the company has worked on in the past, this is the first time you can actually try it out.

The third option is to set up an Android Emulator to run the beta.

We here at AP are chomping at the bit waiting for news on Android Q. The final edition of the Android Q OS is scheduled to arrive within Q3 this year.

Starting in Android Q, apps can 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. It allows anyone enrolled to update their Android devices to the preview and receive over-the-air updates. It's very much like Microsoft's Windows Insider programme. All you have to do is head over to this link to sign up for the beta program, or download the appropriate Android Q version manually at this link.

As The Verge reports, Google today released a preview of the next version of Android.

When you long-press an alert, you're now given a few different options for managing how you are alerted by the app: Block, "Show silently" and "Keep alerting".

That's it, it's so simple.

If you own a Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel and Pixel 3 XL you can access this update now.

As Android fans know, every new version of the operating system is named after a sweet treat. To do so, follow the steps mentioned on this page carefully.

In addition to these, Android Q brings new connectivity APIs onboard along with support for more media codecs and camera improvements. However, it does also lock out legitimate apps that use clipboard data for other purposes, like passing them to a PC for seamless copying and pasting between 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.

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