Android Q beta launches today, available to all Pixel phones

Android Q makes sharing your WiFi password with friends super easy

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Android already sends out notifications for estimated remaining battery life when your charge reaches a certain threshold, but Google is incorporating these estimates even further in Android Q. If you have the battery percentage in your status bar toggled on, you'll now see how long your phone thinks your battery will last in the quick settings shade.

"Today we're releasing Beta 1 of Android Q for early adopters and a preview SDK for developers", Google vice president Dave Burke announced.

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.

One thing to keep in mind is that this beta is meant for developers to get an early taste of Android Q and its features and to help them prepare their apps for the public Android Q release. Once enrolled, you'll "receive regular over-the-air (OTA) updates to the latest Android Q builds through (and including) the final release", Google explains. In the past, you could either grant or deny location access for an app, but there was no in between.

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Unless you're an Android developer, you may want to give this build of Android Q a pass. Dynamic Depth will be an open format, so it might take off. Google also says it plans to integrate support for folding displays in the Android Emulator for developers soon.

Android Q also makes sharing content faster. So instead of having to navigate to Settings to switch on Airplane Mode or toggle Wi-Fi or Mobile Data on/off, say, you'll be able to do that right within your mobile browser. This data can also be used to create 3D images or support AR photography use cases. Google is making it easier for apps to use depth data by allowing apps to request a JPEG + Dynamic Depth image, allowing them to offer different kinds of blur effects. That effectively blocks apps from tracking you in the background. You can do this if you don't have a Pixel device. What are your thoughts on the Android Q Beta 1? 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. "Building on top of efforts like Google Play Protect and runtime permissions, Android Q brings a number of additional privacy and security features for users", as well as a host of others that are likewise included in the update.

Android Q provides more support for passive authentication like face ID.

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