Android Q Beta 1 is now available for all Pixels

The new Google Pixel 3a XL branding has been spotted in the Android Q beta 1 code that was released on late-Wednesday.

XDA Developers reports that the experimental desktop mode enables freefrom multi-windows, allowing users to open apps and move them around however they like. However, I must wonder what delicious dessert will Android Q be named after? Talking about new updates from Google, Android fans should be happy to know that Google Play Services has just received a new update. Right below the search bar, you will notice a bunch of filters which allow you to sort data on your device. Android Q brings about "Settings Panels" that pop up from the bottom of each app, where applicable, showing system settings in the context of each app.

Enrolling and downloading the beta is as easy as signing up on Google's Android Q beta page and waiting for an update to download.

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.

This is where Android Q starts, mind you, and while it doesn't yet have an official name, it is in the position to let folks with a Pixel, Pixel 2, or Pixel 3 (including the XL variants) have a bit of a test, replacing their operating system with the first glimpse of the next Android operating system. The phones released in 2016 and including them in this update phase, three years later, is well beyond what consumers can typically expect when purchasing their devices. Below you can find a complete installation guide.

Sharing your Wi-Fi network password with friends or asking for theirs can be awkward.

Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

Today Google has released the first beta build of Android Q, which you can install if you have a Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, or Pixel 3 XL. You have to enrol your device even if you had registered earlier for developer preview of the previous beta version of Android. We wouldn't recommend installing the beta on a phone you rely on every day.

What's new in Android Q beta?

One cool new feature we like is the ability to share Wi-Fi network details with a QR code: instead of having to read a list of letters and numbers on the back of your router, your friends can just scan a QR code generated on your phone.

If you're frequently bothered by telemarketers and robot callers, Android Q wants to help with its screen feature. If an app targets Android Q, it cannot read a USB serial number until the device doing the reading gives the app permission to access the USB device in question. But Google announced in a blog post that it has released the first Android Q beta to compatible devices.

In Android Q apps can request a Dynamic Depth image, making it possible for third party apps to offer specialized blurs and bokeh options.

With Android Q, you have a few seconds after an app has been removed to undo the change.

  • Arturo Norris