Google Releases Android Q Beta 1.0 for all Pixels – Check What’s New

Today Google has released the first beta for the next version of its mobile OS, Android Q. In this Android Q Beta, we will see a number of functional and visual changes. You can get if you have  Pixel 1/XL, Pixel 2/XL or Pixel 3/XL.You can get it through the Android Beta program – just enroll your device here. Now let’s move to list of the changelogs in Android Q Beta that we knew so far.

Support for Foldable devices

The implementation of smooth and consistent UI across the OS when switching between different form factors. Hence, it will be compatible with foldable devices.

Emergency shortcut in Power menu

Quick access to “Emergency” shortcut by Long-pressing on the Power menu

Emergency Button - Android Q Beta
Emergency Button

Inbuilt Screen Recorder in Android Q Beta

There are a bunch of useful new features baked in Android Q. But one of the most exciting is a newly added screen recorder. 

Inbuilt SR - Android Q Beta
Inbuilt SR

Round Corners for Recent Apps

Some of them are minor changes in the android q beta program. Like the App cards in the Recent view feature will have rounded corners.

Rounded Corners
Rounded Corners

Battery time estimate in Quick Settings

The Quick Settings panel have a new battery time remaining estimate at the right. But while charging the percentage indicator returns in place of it.

attery Remaining Estimation
Battery Remaining Estimation

Dark mode & Device theme removal

Android Q beta removes the “Device theme” option in Display settings. However, users who updated to today’s Beta from Pie with ‘dark’ enabled have retained the look.

Dark Mode

New APK installer UI

Android Q beta features a new pop-up screen while Installing an APK.

QR Code Wi-Fi Sharing

Wi-Fi gets ‘Easy Connect’ with QR code sharing and setup in the new Beta program.

A New Addition to Settings- ‘Time to Read’

A new accessibility option in Android Q called “Time to read”.This lets users choose how much time you want to read and take action on messages that automatically go away.

Time to Read
Time to Read

 Location data access control

In the new beta, apps will only be able to get location data access when a user permits it. Also, Android Q users will be asked if they want to enable location access to an app at all times or only when the app is in use.

Location Access
Android Q beta LAC

Other Features and Improvements

  • Will have Connectivity improvements. There is also an addition of support for new Wi-Fi standard
  • A new Dynamic Depth open format with Android Q. This can also be used to create 3D images or support AR photography.
  •  New codecs have been introduced to the OS like the open source AV1 for video, audio encoding via Opus that is optimized for speech and music streaming
  • Improvements to the ART (Android Run Time)

More information on Android Q will be revealed in May during Google I/O.


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