Android Q Has Landed: Here's How To Get It On Your Phone


Hence the headline, if you're using an Android One handset like the ones hawked by Nokia, or you're using Google's Pixel handsets, you'll definitely see a benefit. The changes aren't massive here, but the best parts of our year are playing with new versions of Android.

For now, Google has only released a beta of Android Q for compatible Pixel devices.

We heard rumours earlier in the week that the Android Q Beta will be available on a wide array of devices.

Google's first Android Q beta is now available for download. The OS version also supports foldable screens. Google says this approach "can be useful when you need more control over testing, such as for automated testing or regression testing". Until now, the firm rolled out the first preview of the Android OS to non-developers only after rolling out the second developer beta.

Have a Google Pixel smartphone that you brought onto T-Mobile's network?

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. For the uninitiated, Project Strobe is a review of third-party developer access (this includes the likes of Facebook and TrueCaller) to Google account and Android device data. Once done, you will receive the build over-the-air.

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Also when you restart your device, the phone will flash a message informing you that your device is running a beta version of Android. Android Q requires you to verify with a password, PIN or fingerprint before it'll make the code though, Android Authority reported. You'll also be able to control what download files an app can access.

The users will also be able to share content like photos or videos in other applications with faster speeds making it quicker and easier with sharing Shortcuts that lets the user jump directly into another app to share the content that they want to.

Camera apps are also getting a new dynamic depth format in Android Q, which will let developers offer various ways of blurring photos and creating bokeh effects on supported devices.

This is a very significant update for Android, as it happens to coincide with the launch of 5G networks around the globe.

What are the key features of Android Q?

Any guesses on what Google might call Android Q?