Google's Call Screen beta hits Pixel devices in Canada

Google's Call Screen beta hits Pixel devices in Canada

Google's Call Screen beta hits Pixel devices in Canada

Google wants to make it as easy as possible for you to try Android Q on a device, so it's offering the Android Beta Program again this year. If you're curious about what's coming to Android phones in the near future, or want to know how to download and test the beta for yourself, then we've got what you need to know about Android Q below. The handsets supported are Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL along with the official Android emulator. If you uninstall an app, the files saved by the app in isolated storage are also removed.

Is this the final version of Android Q?

In other words, it's a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff that end users won't immediately recognize.

Access to device IMEI, serial number, and similar identifiers will be limited in Android Q, and Google will randomize your device's MAC address when connecting to different Wi-Fi networks by default (this setting was optional in Pie).

Credit: GoogleUnless you're devotedly toggling the settings before and after each time you use something like Google Maps, it's most likely that you're giving any apps that ask for your location your permission once, and then leaving it on forever, letting apps track your movements even if you're not using them. Until now, both companies had to code things internally and make the experience work with its unique hardware. Instead of releasing the first beta only for developers, Google is letting anyone sign up and install the beta.

The bezels are minimal on all the sides, and the phone still has dual front-firing speakers as the image reveals. Chances are good that you had to back out to the settings screen to toggle on Bluetooth or search for the accessory.

Among the expansive new collection of privacy protections created to protect user data from third-party applications, Q requires apps to "request permission before accessing sensitive resources", shuts down background access to the camera and microphone, and performs encrypted backups. The permission setting can also be changed via setting according to the convenience of the user. We expect that will be some time this summer for Android Q.

Android 10 design settings

Developers and early adopters will be able to mess around with the new Settings Panel API, which provides a pop-up-like menu where all core settings can be accessed, rather than requiring users to plumb a load of menu tiers. Twitter user Michael Young, who disclosed the feature based on leaks to the XDA Developers Portal in January, suggests desktop mode is available to other launchers.

Since smartphone makers like Samsung and Huawei are jumping onto foldable phone bandwagon, Android Q will also come ready for this.

Android Q changes the all apps tray to show one launcher icon for every single package installed on the device in which the tray is opened.

A formal name for Q?

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. There's nothing in the code yet that indicates where Google is heading so it's hard to say which sweet, snack, or dessert it has in mind.

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