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Android Q Beta Released

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If you wonder when your device will receive the official Android Q, no one on the planet can tell you that because the final version of Q doesn't exist, and until Google publishes the AOSP version of Q (sometime during the summer), no manufacturer can really start implementing the new version across their portfolio.

Android Q puts new limits on files located on shared external storage. You can run this too on your Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, or Pixel 3 as well.

It's become so controversial that Facebook even announced that it was unilaterally adding location-tracking control to its Android app to head off public concern about its data-gathering behaviour. If you want t know all the ins-and-outs of the new Beta, there is a dedicated blog post about the OS available on the Android Developers Blog.

If you're frequently bothered by telemarketers and robot callers, Android Q wants to help with its screen feature. Thus, you'll be able to unlock your phone and access secure apps like Google Pay on properly equipped phones.

As well as the above, it is hoped that there will be a system-wide dark mode implemented with an "override" option to force apps without dark mode to work with the night-friendly colour scheme.

There are plenty of other enhancements as well, such as a new WiFi performance mode that will adapt to ensure a user has the fastest and lowest latency connection available to them for online gaming and VoIP calls.

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"But since the app may not need location outside of when it's now in use, the user may not want to grant that access". So for example, you can only add app shortcuts to the desktop and nothing else.

Most Android users have probably never heard of Android's Advertising ID (AAID), an identifier Google launched in 2013 so advertisers could legitimately track users whilst giving the latter the option to reset (i.e. wipe) the ID as often as they pleased.

This is because a previous benchmarking leak revealed that the Pixel 3a XL was tested with 3GB RAM and a Snapdragon 625, which in a nutshell, are disappointing specifications for a device with the name "Pixel" attached to it.

You'll then get future beta updates and eventually the stable release automatically as they appear.

If you don't have a Pixel, you can download system images onto the Android Emulator program on your Windows, Mac or Linux computer. Be warned: this is unstable beta software. Instead of releasing the first beta only for developers, Google is letting anyone sign up and install the beta.

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