How To Download/Install Android 10 Q Beta Right Now?


Google has introduced the Android Q Beta.

If you wonder when your device will receive the official Android Q, no one on the planet can tell you that because the final version of Q doesn't exist, and until Google publishes the AOSP version of Q (sometime during the summer), no manufacturer can really start implementing the new version across their portfolio.

The new version of Android, Android Q, has arrived!

But the developer beta will mostly showcase the changes behind the scenes, such as Android Q's souped-up privacy features and support for foldable displays; the latter will be handy given the upcoming debuts of the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X. Aside from the Pixel 3 XL Lite, rumors claim that Google will also launch the Pixel 3 Lite, which will likely feature the Snapdragon 670 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and a 2,915mAh battery. The first release of the OS is far from ready for public use and primarily meant for developers to try out Q and prepare their app for all the changes that it brings.

You get more control over how apps can access your device's location - as on iOS, Android Q lets you grant access all the time, never, or only when the app is open.

From Android Q onwards, apps will no longer be able to do this by default and will need to request background location access.

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

We can see that privacy will be a major focus in Android Q. Google now treats your location as a special permission that has additional controls for app access.

Google hasn't said exactly when Android Q is going to get pushed out to the world at large, but it has said it's going to be sometime in the third quarter of 2019 - so either July, August or September. If you don't have a Pixel and still want to give it a go, you can, it's just a bit of a pain: you have to use the Android Emulator and grab the emulator images from the SDK Manager in Android Studio (this really is intended for devs).

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Android Q is also adding Settings Panels to help you quickly enable a specific setting that an app needs. So, you have the system-wide dark mode, a redesigned permissions page. Google offers the beta to collect and incorporate user feedback.

This is because a previous benchmarking leak revealed that the Pixel 3a XL was tested with 3GB RAM and a Snapdragon 625, which in a nutshell, are disappointing specifications for a device with the name "Pixel" attached to it. Before then several beta versions of the software will appear.