Android Q will offer photo apps access to added depth effects

Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters

However, those wanting to give it try early could be disappointed as is now only available on the Pixel range of phones.

Last night, Google dropped the first beta of the upcoming version of its mobile operating system - Android Q. While it's just available for the Google Pixel (all generations) owners to try out, it's packed with promising features - especially for photography enthusiasts.

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Apart from the above, Android Q also introduces support for a new of new technologies. After you opt-in and accept the Android Beta Program Terms of Service, you can start sharing your thoughts about Android Q with us directly from your device and by joining the Android Beta Program Reddit community.

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A feature called Sharing Shortcuts will help make sharing in Android Q faster.

A lot of what's new in Android Q is behind-the-scenes stuff that developers will like, but users aren't likely to notice.

Credit: GoogleFoldable phones are tipped to be the next big thing in smartphones, and Google's making sure that Android Q is ready for it. Functions for pausing and resuming apps have been updated to allow for the multiple different processes that could run simultaneously on a foldable phone, and apps can now be more easily resized for changing between screens. It's unlikely we'll see the Google Pixel 4 range until the tail-end of 2019 - we now expect October - so even if this is accurate it may be that the design will change a lot before then. Android Q also improves depth maps for cameras that support it. If Google incorporates the same sensor that uses the same camera computational techniques to carry out image processing, we will have a real victor on our hands and it will be at a price range that more customers can enjoy and appreciate.

Want to get a piece of Android Q for yourself? Maybe the Pixel 4 XL will inherit these, or maybe Google will upgrade them in a way. Bugs in the beta can cause you to have to reset the device. Android Q lets you long press on a notification to block future notifications from the app or to deliver them silently (so they still appear but don't make a noise or vibrate your phone).

The same beta program was used for Android Nougat, Oreo and Pie and is very simple, meaning you don't have to get involved in flashing updates or anything complicated. It's very much like Microsoft's Windows Insider programme.

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