Google Android Q Beta includes a desktop mode - Android

Gerald Bowen
March 16, 2019

Plus, there's now a new logo, which is just awesome.

Even if you don't want to run the Android Q beta, with a Pixel 3 in your pocket, you'll still be one of the first to get Android Q once it's released to the public later this year. Active Edge lets you squeeze the side of your Pixel to launch the assistant or silence alarms, timers, notifications, and incoming calls. There's also a version of Android Q for use with Google's Android Emulator, allowing developers without a physical device to get started coding for the new OS as well.

Not to toot our own horn, but these wallpapers are definitely stunning. The company embraced using AI and machine learning to create photos that rival phones with two rear cameras like the iPhone XS or three back cameras like the Huawei P20 Pro. Google I/O is in May so there will be some more details about Android Q there. Additionally, a new Settings Panel function can be brought up to show certain settings that may be needed by a specific app (e.g., the Settings Pannel for Chrome could show settings for Wi-Fi, mobile data, and airplane mode). With this change, users can prevent this and limit location access to apps only while they are being used.

However, Android 10 will also allow users to only provide apps with location information when the app requiring this data is open.

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While Pixel-branded smartphones from Google might have not garnered skyrocketing popularity among smartphone lovers, they have without an inch of doubt managed to build a loyal fanbase.

If you have an "always on" mode activated on your Pixel phone, you'll notice that Android Q displays what's now playing (if anything actually is playing), whether it's a track from Spotify or a podcast episode. Android Q will support native monochrome shooting in RAW format. Again, these features aren't now in the beta, but could well reappear again at a later date. We must say, with the renders do look rather good, but it remains to be seen if customers will favor the punch hole cutout for the selfie cams over the widely panned notch on the Pixel 3 XL.

The major barrier to testing the new version of Android is having the right phone in the first place. This is limited to Samsung phones, but with Microsoft also making moves in this territory, and Huawei's PC mode on its flagships, it feels like the time for a true Google solution is nearly here. Simply visit the Android Beta Program website, enroll your device, then await the OTA. While the Pixel 3 devices come with dual front cameras, the mid-range Pixel 3a will stick with a single front camera. Don't do this out of casual interest, especially since future betas figure to be more stable.

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