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. 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.
This time around as well Google has baked a number of feature flags in Android Q to give users access to features that are now under development. Google asks that you ensure it's not something found in Pie so that the development team doesn't get bugs mixed up - that's what the AOSP tracker is for. So, you have the system-wide dark mode, a redesigned permissions page.
Android Q beta is now available for Pixel devices
Go to Settings System Advanced System Update to check for available downloads.
Other privacy-related improvements concern access to non-resettable device identifiers (IMEI, serial numbers, and others). It will also randomize the MAC address of the device every time it connects to a new Wi-Fi network. Users who wish to install this new OS version may need to enrol in Google's program for the objective beforehand.More news: Five dead, 36 injured in foot bridge collapse in Mumbai
Numerous previously announced features for foldable phones like the Galaxy Fold are also built into Android Q. For developers, that means supporting new paused and resumed states that allow multiple apps to work on a larger display. Right now, users can either grant or deny location access to an app which leads to many apps silently tracking the location of their users in the background.
For people who use their Android device primarily for media or content creation, Android Q supports the AV1 video codec and faster communication with MIDI devices. The new tool will combine JPEG and Dynamic Depth data and could be used for 3D and AR photography. Of course, there are actually two "lite" versions of the search giant's latest stock Android phones in the pipeline, the larger of which was benchmarked several times a couple of months ago with slightly different specifications. The final edition of the Android Q OS is scheduled to arrive within Q3 this year. Support for OpenGL ES 2.0 is also included in Android Q. NNAPI extensions, Vulkan 1.1 support and quick app startup also come as a part of the beta 1.More news: Rosario Dawson confirms relationship with Cory Booker
A lot of what's new in Android Q is behind-the-scenes stuff that developers will like, but users aren't likely to notice. Finally, Google Play will need 64-bit support in all apps later this year.More news: British MPs vote to seek extension for Brexit