It's here! Android Q developer beta launches for all Pixel devices

Gerardo Harmon
March 15, 2019

However, the Android Q first preview can be received over-the-air.

Google has released the first beta edition of the Android Q for all the Pixel phones that have launched so far such as Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel XL and Pixel. It is worth noting that unlike what happened with Android 9 Pie previous year, Google is making its Android Q beta 1 available non-developers as well. Android Q places a focus on privacy, like with its new location data setting that'll let you choose whether an app can access your location all the time, only while the app is in use, or deny location access completely.

Google will be releasing six beta editions of Android Q. The first one will come in March and the second one will be arriving in April. All the multi-camera systems everyone has added to phones will also get a boost with Google's new dynamic depth format. Google says this approach "can be useful when you need more control over testing, such as for automated testing or regression testing".

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The Android Q beta is officially here primarily for developers to test their applications on.

Burke also explains in the blog post that developers will have to move their apps to public APIs, and that Google is expanding its "efforts to have all apps take full advantage of the security and performance features in the latest version of Android", which means Google Play will require apps to target Android 9 Pie in new apps and updates. According to 9to5Google, there's also a vibration to accompany the sound your Pixel makes when you plug in a charger, or pop it on a wireless charger in the case of the Pixel 3. Google is also limiting access to non-resettable device identifiers, including device IMEI, serial number, and others with Android Q.

Beta 1 will deliver a new Sharing Shortcuts feature that will let the user share content with someone in another app. As shown in the screenshot below, you'll be able to share the details through a QR code, once you authenticate the process via your registered fingerprint on the device.

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Android Q puts new limits on files located on shared external storage. Don't have a Pixel device?

Starting with Android Q, users will have an option to provide location access to an app only while it is being used. Did you receive the Beta Update?

Any guesses on what Google might call Android Q?

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