Google Releases Android Q Beta 1

Posted on March 13, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 9 Comments

Google today issued the first beta of Android Q, which adds enhancements for foldable phones, new privacy and security features, and much more.

“Today we’re releasing Beta 1 of Android Q for early adopters and a preview SDK for developers,” Google vice president Dave Burke announced. “You can get started with Beta 1 today by enrolling any Pixel device, including the original Pixel and Pixel XL, which we’ve extended support for by popular demand.”

We won’t really know what to fully expect from Android Q until Google I/O in May, but here’s a rundown of the key new functionality that Google is delivering—and discussing—in Beta 1:

Foldable phone improvements. Android Q will better support the foldable handsets that are just starting to appear this year, with new multi-resume and resizable app capabilities.

New privacy security features. As part of its work in Project Strobe, Google is adding a number of new privacy and security features to Android Q. These include more control over when apps can get your location information, more control over apps’ ability to access private data like photos and videos, and a new blocker on apps launching foreground activities from a background task (which often interrupts what you’re currently doing in another app).

Shortcut sharing. Android Q will make it easier and faster to share items like photos by adding Sharing Shortcuts that let users jump directly into another app to share content. The best part? They load instantly, unlike today’s Share panel.

Settings panels. Apps will be able to show key system settings like internet connectivity, NFC, and audio volume via a new Settings panel that slides in over the app.

Connectivity improvements. Android Q will support new Wi-Fi standards like WP3 and OWE to improve security for home and work networks as well as open and public networks. And it will offer a new Wi-Fi performance mode for when low latency is important, such as during real-time gaming, voice calls, and the like.

Dynamic Depth format for photos. Camera 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. This makes it possible for the apps to offer specialized blurs and bokeh options, create 3D images, or support AR photography use-cases.

There’s a lot more, but you can check out the original blog post for the complete list.

Those with compatible phones who are interested in testing this early version of Android Q just need to enroll their device and then check for updates. You’ll get future betas as they’re released as well.

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Comments (9)

9 responses to “Google Releases Android Q Beta 1”

  1. jimchamplin

    Original Pixel and Pixel XL need to have overwhelming demand to run a beta OS? The things are what? Two years old?

    Is that really how short support is in the Android world?

  2. geoslake

    So, no dark mode ? It's the only thing I want:-)

    • dontbe evil

      In reply to geoslake:

      and WP had this since 2010

      • hoomgar

        In reply to dontbe_evil:

        Don't get me started at ALL the stuff WP did almost a decade ago that these companies are just now touting as "NEW".  I hate that the platform died.  I am still using my Icon and will do so for as long as I can.  Hopes are that by the time I am forced to move on I may have something acceptable to choose from?  *sigh*

        • dontbe evil

          In reply to Hoomgar:

          yup ... like metro modern ui, pivot menu instead of burger menu ... now google invented it and it's so coool *sigh*


          notifications (top/right) on this website are still broken

  3. dontbe evil

    privacy and android (google) in the same sentence ... ROTFL

  4. codymesh

    pretty disappointing to see that Google doesn't seem interested in improving the multitasking regressions from Pie

  5. kingbuzzo

    I just want a grid of icons...wait