Google Released Another Android Version: Android Q

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While so many people are still waiting for releasing Android pie on their smartphones, Google took another step ahead and released the next version of Android, Android Q. Yesterday, team google released the 1 beta version of Android Q and published all its new and updated features. Google’s Dave Burke, who is the Vice President of Engineering posted a detailed article about the releasing and usage of 1 beta version of Android Q in which he mentioned everything about this new version of Android. Currently google released the beta version of Android Q is only for Pixel devices which are Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and Pixel and Pixel XL and people who are not a pixel device holder can use Android Emulator to test this new android version. Now before talking about how to install Android Q on your device, let’s know first that what new features you will get with android Q….

Features Of Android Q Beta Version

In this new version of Android, Google has given much attention to the security and privacy of users’ data especially. Also, Google has updated a lot of old features according to new foldable smartphone and upcoming 5G mobiles, so without wasting more time Let’s explore all the features of Android Q in detailed…

Improve The Security And Privacy Of Users

With Android Q, google looks so much concerned about the security and privacy of users. Maybe it is because of the recently faced security claims but let’s forget the reasons and enjoy the improvements only. To maintain the privacy of users Google has added so many new features with android Q such as file-based encryption, encrypted backups,
OS controls requiring apps to request permission before accessing sensitive resources, lockdown mode,
locking down camera/mic background access and so many others. Most of the security features which you will find in android Q are the part of Google’s researched project “Project Strobe”.

With this update google is increasing the control of users to their phones, specially for data security from harmful apps. After this update, user will be the main controller, user can decide which file to shared or which not, even user can decide which files the application can access or which not. This new update also bring a new limited access feature, it doesn’t affect on users access but with this feature google is limiting access to non-resettable device identifiers, including device IMEI, serial number, and similar identifiers. So these are the main security features which google released with Android Q but believe me these are only a few of them, in security points there are so much more remain to discover which you will experience soon, but only when you use this new android version.

Control On Location Sharing

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There are so many android apps which ask us to give location access and we allow them but have you ever thought that why these apps used our location always While we do not always use them. It is ok if you’re booking a cab on any application and then the application asks you about your location but what’s the sense behind always accessing our location information? So to stop your tracking by these kinds of apps, Google added a new special feature with this beta version of Android Q, this feature allows users to choose a new option called “Allow only while the app is in use”.This feature ensures users that the app will not able to access the user’s location while users are not using the app means any app can only access the user’s location while the app is in use.

Sharing Shortcut

We all use so many apps such as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp where we share photos and videos and music. Most of the time we upload our photos or videos there using the application but sometimes we share our photos/videos directly there from our gallery or storage. But do you notice, whenever we trying to do so, the app will take time to launch first and then open the data for sharing or uploading, am I right? So don’t you think that it should be quick? So to make it quick google released a new feature with their new Android version Android Q, which is called “Sharing Shortcut”. Sharing Shortcut is a new kind of feature which let you jump directly and quickly into another app to share your content. To make this more faster, developers can publish share targets that launch a specific activity in their applications with data attached, and these are shown to you in the share UI. And that’s because they’re already uploaded, the share UI can load instantly when launched. This Shortcut API is also supported in the new ShareTarget AndroidX library.

Read Also – How To Share Screen On Skype Application

Suitable To New Foldable And Unique Concept Mobile Screens

It is one of the best feature of android Q because it not only helps users but also helps developers. This feature helps developers to adjust their apps according to the new unique designed and foldable screens. This feature of android Q, helps apps to cover the large screened phones and it also helps apps to manage on-resume and on-pause feature, so apps can work easily on multiple screens mobiles. It also notify to applications when they focused and help them to react on time.

New Settings Panel

Apart from the notification bar, you will get another settings panel in Android Q, so you don’t have to leave your current screen to change something in your mobile settings. This is one of the useful features of android Q that provides you the system settings to you with an easy access and without going to the settings menu. A settings panel is a floating UI that brings all important system settings to the users such as internet connectivity, NFC, audio volume, and WiFi Connectivity. So imagine that you’re using any application with using your mobile internet and now you want to use your WiFi instead of mobile internet, so now you don’t need to open the settings to do that, you can do it easily from the settings panel.

Improved Connectivity

With Android Q, google improved the connectivity of your android mobile. The Network connection API of Android Q gives a boost to your network connection that helps to manage IoT devices over local Wi-Fi, for peer-to-peer functions, downloading, printing easily. In android Q, google not only improved WiFi networks connectivity but also improved the performance, privacy and security of the WiFi. It also gives you a faster and quicker internet connectivity, so you can enjoy the world in your hand.

Camera And Media

Google released a Dynamic Depth mode feature for photos. As per Dave Burke, VP of Engineering “with that apps can request a Dynamic Depth image which consists of a JPEG, XMP metadata related to depth related elements, and a depth and confidence map embedded in the same file on devices that advertise support.” This will also help you make 3D images from this data. Google is also making Dynamic Depth an open format for the ecosystem but to take this far, the device capability will also matter and that’s why Google is working with Their device maker partners to make available across devices running Android Q and later.

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Now let’s move to the media topic, so with Android Q google released a new video codec AV1, which allows the media provider platforms to stream the high definition videos to android smartphones with using a less bandwidth. Not only for videos Android Q also bring something new for audios, so android Q brings a new native MIDI API to communicate with MIDI devices via using the NDK but it is only for those apps who use C++ to perform their audio processing. This new native MIDI API allows MIDI data to be retrieved inside an audio callback with using a non-blocking read and enabling low latency processing of MIDI messages.

How To Install Android Q On Your Smartphone

So after knowing about the features of Android Q, if you’re looking to install the 1 beta version of Android Q, so here we are sharing the process of how you can you install Android Q on your smartphone, So there are two different methods to do that, first one for Pixel smartphone holders and second for Android emulator users. So let’s start with the first one…

How To Install Android Q On Your Pixel Smartphone

So you can install Android Q on your Pixel smartphones (Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and Pixel and Pixel XL) easily by following these simple steps….

  1. Click here to vist the Android Beta page.
  2. Now you’ll see name of all the eligible devices which associate with your google account.
  3. Now select your current pixel device then accept all the terms and conditions and the downloading process will start.

How To Install Android Q On Other Smartphones

So want to install Android Q but don’t have pixel smartphone, so don’t worry you can also download the beta version of Android Q with the help of Android emulator, and to do so follow these steps…

  1. Visit the Android Q beta Image Download page and download the system images of the pixel device.
  2. Now flash it to your drive, but remember flashing it will remove all your previous data.

So that’s how you can download and install Android Q on your android device and if you feel any problem to flash the images on your smartphone, so you can visit the instructions page.

How To Uninstall Android Q From Your Smartphone

As we all know that, beta version always brings bugs and few problems and that’s why it’s also called as testing version, so in future if you want to leave the beta version of Android Q , you can do it easily. What you have to do is only “Click here” to find the device you want to remove and then select “Opt Out”, option.

Then after 24 hours, your device will get an update, and this update will wipe out your all data and also install the latest stable version of Android in your phone.

So this is everything about the 1 beta version of Android Q. Hopefully, now you know everything but still if you have any questions such as how to install Android Q or the features of Android Q, so you can ask us in the comments section.


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