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March 14, 2019
| ~ 7 days ago

Google’s first public Android Q beta is now available for Pixel phones

By Jason Murray

The day you’ve been waiting for – if you’re a developer, fan or just a curious early adopter who likes to live on the edge – is here. Dave Burke, Google’s VP of Engineering, has just taken to the Android Developers Blog to introduce Android Q Beta 1 to the world.

Android Q Beta 1 showcases Google’s new security and privacy protection features and permissions, protecting users’ information from location to filesystem and more.

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It’s also – even at this early stage – brimming with performance improvements for apps and games, and new depth features for images allowing developers to get creative with effects in their apps.

We’ll take a deeper look at the specifics of Beta 1 over the next few days.

Not so wide device support

We heard rumours earlier in the week that the Android Q Beta will be available on a wide array of devices. That doesn’t seem to be the case right now, though.

If you’re using any Pixel phone though, you’re set.

It was expected that Google might drop support for the original Pixel and Pixel XL with Android Q, but Burke’s post makes it clear that the company has heard demand from the community for continued support on these devices (and I’ll be running the beta on my own OG Pixel).

We expect that Google will open the beta up to other devices over time – just as they did with the Android P beta in 2018. Maybe we’ll hear more about this at Google IO in May.

Installation

Enough talk! If you’re running a supported device, get in on the action by enrolling in the beta program.

Feedback

You can send feedback directly to Google from your device, but you’re also encouraged to join the Android Beta Community on Reddit.

Last modified on 14 March 2019 8:42 am

Jason Murray

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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  • Apart from "4G" becoming "LTE" in the status bar, and an option to change the Accent Colours, it's hard to see any difference between P and Q....

  • So far, not too bad on Pixel XL (1st gen). It's surprisingly quick under Android Q beta. As the other comment mentioned, it doesn't look much different from P at the moment. But some changes in notifications and location access are immediately noticeable.
    Looking forward to more new features and changes.

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