Android Q beta launches today, available to all Pixel phones

Android Q beta is now available for developers and brave Pixel users

Google has finally released the first beta of the next version of its mobile operating system - Android Q. The next iteration of the Android OS has a lot more hard task at hand.

Something to look forward to: Google has finally released the Android Q beta with a big focus on privacy. Google says Android Q expands to 60 new operations, such as ARGMAX, ARGMIN, and quantized LSTM with a handful of performance upgrades. Android's painfully slow sharing menu could get a boost, too. For now, Android Q only supports the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and, as mentioned, both the original Pixel phones.

Android introduced support for monochrome cameras in the last version - Android 9 Pie. That means it's likely to be unstable in places and it's not recommended that you use it on your main phone unless you're happy to put up with possible issues.

Of course we will keep you updated on any and all Pixel-related news because we know you love it as much as us.

After a thorough check of the Android Q Beta settings, we couldn't find any Dark mode option. However, I must wonder what delicious dessert will Android Q be named after? Meanwhile people are debating which sweet treat will be the version codename for Android Q.

The release features an enhanced machine learning API, and new APIs for 3D, 2D graphics and MIDI.

Pixel users, get ready to engage Smug Mode: you get to try Android Q before anyone else. Google is renowned for always improving its apps and operating system through a constant stream of updates that introduce software tweaks and bug fixes.

In the same leaked beta from February, there was apparently a system-wide dark mode, which would activate the darker colors in all apps, and recolor apps that didn't have a dark theme built in.

Once you've opted in, you should be able to refresh your Apps list in the Play Store app and see an update for the Phone app. Google's new Files app also allows you to view files from Google Drive, and various other applications, while accessing them is a breeze. If an app targets Android Q, it cannot read a USB serial number until the device doing the reading gives the app permission to access the USB device in question.

Other extras include faster sharing of content, improved settings and dynamic depth format for photos which should improve bokeh-style effects.

Probably one of the coolest features that will be included in Android Q is the new permissions prompt for accessing location data. The example Google users is finding you're not connected to the internet when you open a browser.

Devices running the new operating system will also support HDR10+ video and Opus audio encoding. Right now, Android supports 32-bit and 64-bit apps, but that will soon change.

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