Android Q beta launches today, available to all Pixel phones

Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

Google Announces Android Q Beta: Faster Apps, Privacy Boosts, and More

That's right, Google will harken back to the beloved Nexus smartphone line it discontinued and release two lower-cost versions of its most recent Pixel handsets. That means you can sign-up pretty easily at the Android Beta site (live soon, we think), allowing you to grab an over-the-air (OTA) update to Q rather than deal with factory images.

Android Q, which won't have a name or version number until closer to release, doesn't have any significant visual changes as we saw in Android Pie.

Android Q enables users to give apps permission to see their location never, only when the app is in use (running), or all the time (when in the background).

One of the coolest features launched with the Google Pixel 3 is Call Screen, which allows you to have Google Assistant answer your spam calls.

Google expects to offer six Android Q beta releases followed by a final release in Q3 2019. This lets app developers set a path into their app from the sharing menu, making sure everything's in place for the user to send what they want.

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Included in the Android Q upgrade are improved security and privacy features which include being able to limit access to your location especially when they are not in use.

Have fun playing around with the new gestures in Android Q! So, you have the system-wide dark mode, a redesigned permissions page. If Google incorporates the same sensor that uses the same camera computational techniques to carry out image processing, we will have a real victor on our hands and it will be at a price range that more customers can enjoy and appreciate.

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.

Given that numerous services offered by the search giant rely on machine learning and the device performs some of these AI tasks, it would be an interesting decision for Google to include the Snapdragon 625 processor into its mid-range smartphones, which lacks the improved AI performance of some of the newer chipsets.

If you don't have a Pixel, you can download system images onto the Android Emulator program on your Windows, Mac or Linux computer. Rejoice Android aficionados! (that own a Pixel phone, of course). Don't do this out of casual interest, especially since future betas figure to be more stable. The beta program will be opened up to more phones as time goes on (probably after Google I/O in May) - Google has said it wants to extend the program beyond the seven manufacturers (besides Google) that took part last time.

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