Google Pixel 3 owners get huge Android boost as major upgrade revealed


Google has released the first developer preview of Android Q Beta this week and the major operating system update already comes with a handful of fantastic features.

Google has also made available the downloadable factory images for all compatible Pixel smartphones that you can use to get the latest beta.

As is the case with previews, this is a build designed for developers so they can begin to prepare their apps and games. Basically, the new feature allows developers to pre-publish how their apps work with the share function.

The more traditional way to get the Android Q developer preview is to go the system image/manual flashing route. In it, you will have three options: Report Issue, Feature Request, and Other Feedback. You can still prevent an app from accessing your location, or give it permanent access, but now there's a middle ground of only letting an app access your location while it's running - iOS offers a similar feature.

Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters
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Small features like allowing users to turn off Wi-Fi and data from within the app and allows users to improve performance in games, calls, in apps by enable high performance and low latency Wi-Fi modes. Restrictions will also be placed on an application's access to a user's photos, videos, audio files and downloads. This change makes it easier to maintain the privacy of users' files and helps reduce the number of permissions that your app needs.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X will arrive later this year as two of the first Android phones with folding screens. Nonetheless, let's see what kind of "goodies" the new update introduces. This release will inevitably include ample bugs and half-finished features, but it's the first glimpse of Google's vision for the future of Android. Google is expected to announce the full list of features at its annual I/O conference that begins on May 7th. You can change settings in the floating UI while staying in the app. Under the Wi-Fi section, you can share the password in the form of a QR code, or read one such QR code to connect to Wi-Fi.

There's no sign of a fingerprint scanner on the rear of the phone or in a bezel below the screen, which heavily suggests Google will be including an in-display fingerprint scanner on this phone. Even though it has been available in the USA for a while now, Google's Call Screen beta is now available in Canada for Pixel devices.

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