Android Q Has a Built-In Desktop Mode

Google's Dynamic Depth Format targets dual camera setups and other depth-enabled cameras

Android Q Has a Built-In Desktop Mode

We expect more devices will be added to the Android Q beta before long, but for now, it's pretty much a Pixel party.

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

Google rolled out Android Q's first beta version for all Pixel phones last night. The handsets supported are Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL along with the official Android emulator. Just as Android 9 Pie came with different kinds of display notch designs, the Android Q has been created to better manage the contents on devices with foldable screens.

To get the Android Q beta, one has to register with Google's Android Beta program. This release is mainly to give developers a chance to begin testing apps against the new Android API features.

Make sure you are signed in to your Google account on the Pixel phone, and are using the same account on desktop, for the phone to be reflected on the page.

Android Q will also prevent apps from accessing shared files unless you want them to, which means you'll be able to control the way apps access photos, videos, and other data. As always, those with Google's own Pixel phones are first in line to get a taste of the as-yet-unnamed OS upgrade, which is likely to be a centerpiece of the company's announcements at Google I/O 2019 later this year.

After enrolling, if it has been more than 24 hours and the update has not come, users should check if the device is connected to the internet. Once done, you will receive the build over-the-air. For instructions on flashing your device manually, head here.

If you are on Android Q, you can find out how to enable the new desktop mode here. There are also new restrictions on apps launching background tasks without user knowledge, and restrictions that limit access to location data only while the app is in the foreground. With Android Q, "apps will be able to request a Dynamic Depth image which consists of a JPEG, XMP metadata related to depth related elements, and a depth and confidence map embedded in the same file on devices that advertise support". It is also introducing Sharing shortcuts which will allow users to directly share content with users inside apps. However, I must wonder what delicious dessert will Android Q be named after? The Android Runtime (ART) in Android Q can pre-compile parts of an app to reduce launch times.

With the Android Q, looks like Google is taking privacy very seriously.

Below is a rundown of some of the new features in Android Q.

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