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Google releases first Android Q beta for Pixel phones

Google is offering a system image of Android Q that you can flash onto your device if you're comfortable doing stuff like that, or you can sign up for the Android Beta Program and have updates pushed to you over the air. You can grab download links for each phone from Google's website. The status bar and navigation bar seem unchanged, but you have a lot more room to work with now.

A report from Check Point Research (via ArsTechnica) focuses on a new strain of adware called SimBad that was found in 206 apps in the Google Play Store. If you have one of those, you can head to Google's Android Preview site here.

Numerous previously announced features for foldable phones like the Galaxy Fold are also built into Android Q. For developers, that means supporting new paused and resumed states that allow multiple apps to work on a larger display. This beta update puts a final stable build for the original Pixel phones on the table even though the promised software updates should have ended with Android 9.0 Pie.

With Android Q, apps can request a Dynamic Depth image which has a JPEG, XMP metadata that is related to depth related elements and confidence map embedded in the same of the device to advertising support.

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A new Sharing Shortcuts feature will make it easier to share content between apps using a similar function to Android's App Shortcuts feature, according to Google.

Android Q will also give users more control over when apps can get your location. There will be a high-performance mode with low latency so that users can take advantage of stutter-free Wi-Fi connectivity while playing games, video and voice calls. This will make it possible for apps to offer specialized blur and bokeh options. The Android Runtime (ART) in Android Q can pre-compile parts of an app to reduce launch times. The first beta version includes more privacy controls over apps. As always, those with Google's own Pixel phones are first in line to get a taste of the as-yet-unnamed OS upgrade, which is likely to be a centerpiece of the company's announcements at Google I/O 2019 later this year.

In its blog, Google talks about how Android has been made keeping security and privacy at the centre with things like OS controls, file-based encryption, Google Play Protect, and more. With support for Android Foldables form factor, the platform will include changes such as onResume and onPause to assist multi-resume and more.

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