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. More details in may this year Google has released Android Q Beta 1 for developers to test the new APIs and give feedback before the Google IO 2019 developer's conference. The Android Q Beta is now available to download on select handsets.
Pixel users, get ready to engage Smug Mode: you get to try Android Q before anyone else. Since Android Nougat, the finalized version of the OS has been published sometime in August with Android Pie having been pushed out the earliest. You can use the Android Emulator and download the latest emulator system images via the SDK Manager in Android studio. However there's already plenty for developers - and risk-taking early-adopter users - to get their teeth into with the Android Q beta.
The initial release has just come out and will be supplanted with an incremental update around the start of April. Thus, you'll be able to unlock your phone and access secure apps like Google Pay on properly equipped phones. Further, the user will not receive separate monthly security updates while on a beta build.
Also when you restart your device, the phone will flash a message informing you that your device is running a beta version of Android. Unlike the previous Android built, this new Android Q preview update can be received over-the-air. For the uninitiated, Project Strobe is a review of third-party developer access (this includes the likes of Facebook and TrueCaller) to Google account and Android device data.
There's a truly epic blog post here listing all the features, including new privacy functions, location controls, new sharing shortcuts, in-app settings panels, and even adaptive WiFi.
We rarely see a native feature first appear on iOS and then on Android, but here we are. This makes possible for the user to offer specialized blurs and bokeh option on the application and the user can also use the data to create 3D images or support AR photography use-cases in the future. In the video department, Android Q will make it easier for apps to figure out the video rendering capabilities of an Android device.
With the Android Q, looks like Google is taking privacy very seriously.
"Android is right at the center of this innovation cycle, and thanks to the broad ecosystem of partners across billions of devices, Android's helping push the boundaries of hardware and software bringing new experiences and capabilities to users".