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Android Q first developer preview rolls out: How to download, top features and more

Android Q developer preview is now available on Google’s Android beta programme for all Pixel smartphones.

tech Updated: Mar 14, 2019 13:10 IST
Marcia Sekhose
Marcia Sekhose
Hindustan Times
Android Q developer preview is now live for Pixel phones.
Android Q developer preview is now live for Pixel phones.(Google)

Google has released the first developer preview for its next Android iteration, Android Q. Google Pixel users can download and install the Android Q developer preview on their devices.

Android Q developer preview is available for all generations of the Pixel – Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL. Google is expected to release Android Q stable update later this year around September.

If you have a Pixel phone, you can try out the pre-release version of Android Q through the Android beta programme. Note that you backup data on your phone before starting the software update. Google also warns that since this is a beta update it “may contain errors and defects that can affect the normal functioning of your device.”

After opting in for the Android beta programme, a system update for Android Q will be rolled out to your Pixel device. The first Android Q beta update is sized a little over 1GB.

If you haven’t received the Android Q beta update as yet, you can choose to download the system image and manually flash it to your device. There’s a list of system images for all Pixel phones here. However, it is advised that manual flash should be done knowing the risks involved.

Sharing Shortcuts for apps on Android Q.
Sharing Shortcuts for apps on Android Q. ( Google )

With the first Android Q beta update, Google has listed new features and changes coming to Android. Google has updated device location with more control to users. The new app permissions for location include ‘never’, ‘only when the app is in use’, or ‘all the time’. Android Q also comes with support for foldable devices with large screens.

New Settings Panel on Android Q.
New Settings Panel on Android Q. ( Google )

App shortcuts get better on Android Q with options to jump directly into another app to share content. Google has also introduced a new floating settings panel which will have different functions depending on the app.


First Published: Mar 14, 2019 13:09 IST

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