Google has introduced the first preview of Android Q Beta 1 today’s meant for developers only. Android Q Beta 1 is now available at google.com/android/beta. The Beta 1 include a preview SDK for developers with system image for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and Android Emulator.
Google Android Q Beta 1 Features:
Foldable Phone Improvements:
Google has made better support for foldable handsets that will come in 2019. There is new multi resume and resizable app capabilities.
User can jump to another app to the share content, are getting faster. Android Q will make it very easier and faster to share items like photos.
Users can able to manage the location, Giving users control when apps can get location including when the app is not in use. Users will give the permission to see their location never.
Users will be able to control over apps access to photos, video, and audio collections via new runtime permissions.
There will be a setting panel in which users will be able to show system settings like internet connectivity, NFC, and Audio volumes.
User Data IDs:
There will be limited access to non-resettable device identifiers, device IMEI, Serial number, similar identifiers. Android Q will randomize the device’s MAC address when connected to different Wi-Fi networks.
Users will have to provide the FINE location permission for Bluetooth, Cellular, and Wi-Fi. Security improvement in Wi-Fi Standard Support and WP3 and OWE for home and work networks.
Dynamic Depth Format for photos:
A Dynamic Depth image consists of JPEG, XMP metadata related to depth related elements. It is possible for the apps to offer specialized blurs and bokeh options, create 3D images or support AR Photography.
Wi-Fi Performance Mode:
Developers has been included a adaptive features in Wi-fi by calling WifiManager.WifiLock.createWifiLock() with WIFI_MODE_FULL_LOW_LATENCY or WIFI_MODE_FULL_HIGH_PERF when High perforamnce and low latency modes. Developers are expecting these to be useful for real time gaming, active voice calls and similar use cases.
New Audio/Video codes:
Open source video codes AV1, audio encoding using Opus, and HDR10+ for high dynamic range video. MediaCodecInfo API will determine video rendering capabilities of an Android device.
Google working with partners to make Vulkan 1.1 a requirements on all 64-bit devices running Android Q and higher. Vulkan will thus become a uniform high performance graphics API for apps.
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ART runtime will help to start the application faster with spend less memory. GC overall has made more efficient in terms of time and CPU.
It extended to passive authentication method like face plus implicit and explicit authentication flaws. And improved in fallback for device credentials.
It added & enable by default for all TLS connections. Benchmarks indicate that secure connections can be established as much as 40 % faster with TLS 1.3.
Android Q Beta Scheduled:
March: Beta 1 (initial release, beta)
April: Beta 2 (incremental update, beta)
May: Beta 3 (incremental update, beta)
June: Beta 4 (final APIs and official SDK, Play publishing, beta)
Beta 5 (release candidate for testing)
Beta 6 (release candidate for final testing)
Q3: Final release to AOSP and ecosystem
How to Install Android Q Beta 1 in Pixel
To Install Android Q, there is two options as follows
- Users will have to wait for the Beta program website and sign in to the Google account linked to your pixel phone.
- Scroll Down and check eligibility
- Click on Opt In and accept the terms.
- You enroll your device,
- You will receive all Android Q beta update over the air
- It will take 24 hours before your device receives the updates
It is typical, need to flashing the system images after downloading them from Google. You have to unlock your device’s bootloader factory resetting it in the process. Flashed the first image, you will not receive future updates over the air. You will need to manually flash each update.
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