Ending the long-standing rumours, followed by an OS leak in January – Google has finally released the Android Q beta version for all Google Pixels and Android Studio emulators to test out the next big Android OS.
Named as “Android Q Beta 1”, the test operating system is available for download from android-developers.googleblog.com, but will only be supported by Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL and the official Android Studio emulator – as of now. And unlike what Google did prior to the launch of Android 9 Pie last year, this year’s Android Q preview is made available to non-developer users to just try out – and the developer beta version is expected to roll out with second beta version.
Some of the beta features of Android Q includes better user privacy features with more controls to users over the app. It is also speculated that the new Android OS will support foldable screens, with a number of smartphone manufacturers like Samsung and Huawei having launched foldable smartphones this year. On the technical side, more on-board APIs will be connected to support media codecs and camera improvements. But the one feature that Google might want to show off with Android Q would be the experimental desktop mode that brings up a new Android interface on desktops.
Moreover, Google has released the Android Q Beta 1 for the sake of being tested by developers and provide feedbacks before its launch during the Google IO 2019 developer’s conference that is to be held in May this year. So not all the features plated up in the beta version will be shown up on Android Q official rollout, and Google will make sure to leave out the best ones for this year’s keynote event on May 7 to May 9 at Shoreline Amphitheatre, California, US.