|A version of the Android operating system|
Android Q home screen with the Pixel Launcher
|Latest preview||Q Beta 4 (QPP4.190502.019) / June 11, 2019|
|Preceded by||Android 9.0 "Pie"|
|In public beta stage|
On March 13, 2019, Google released the first beta of Android Q exclusively on their Pixel phones, including the first generation Pixel and Pixel XL devices where support was extended due to popular demand. A total of six beta/release candidate versions are planned for release before the final release, which is currently scheduled for the third quarter of 2019.
On May 7, 2019, Beta 3 launched and expanded the beta to 14 partner devices from 11 OEMs, twice as many devices compared to Android Pie's beta. The Beta version's access to Huawei Mate 20 Pro was removed on May 21, 2019 due to U.S. government sanctions, but the access was back on May 31.
On June 5, 2019, Google released Beta 4 with the finalized Android Q APIs and SDK (API Level 29). Dynamic System Updates (DSU) are also included in Beta 4. The Dynamic System Update will allow Android Q devices to temporarily install a GSI (Generic System Image) to try a newer version of Android on top of their current Android version. Once users decide to end testing the chosen GSI image, they can simply reboot their device and boot back into their normal device's Android version.
Android Q features include:
- Native support for foldable phones.
- New and improved UI customizations with changeable themes,icons and fonts (in Stock Android)
- Allows users to control when apps have permission to see their location: never, only when the app is in use (running), or all the time (when in the background).
- New permissions to access in background photos, video and audio files.
- Built-in screen recorder.
- Background apps can no longer jump into the foreground.
- Improved privacy: limited access to non-resettable device identifiers.
- Sharing shortcuts, which allow sharing content with a contact directly.
- Floating settings panel, that allow changing system settings directly from apps.
- Dynamic depth format for photos, which allow changing background blur after taking a photo.
- Support for the AV1 video codec, the HDR10+ video format and the Opus audio codec.
- A native MIDI API, allowing interaction with music controllers.
- Better support for biometric authentication in apps.
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