Monday, 25 March, 2019


Android Q’s Desktop Mode is real, here’s your first look

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Melba Vasquez | 15 March, 2019, 08:10

It is worth noting that unlike what happened with Android 9 Pie a year ago, Google is making its Android Q beta 1 available non-developers as well. Google expects to have six beta releases this year before the final rollout, so you might want to wait for another couple of iterations.

The third option is to set up an Android Emulator to run the beta.

The Android Q Beta 1 is aimed towards the developers for testing their apps for the new version of Android. Google is urging anyone who experiments with the software to send as much feedback as possible since that's the whole point of investing resources in offering early OS previews in the first place.

Google has introduced the Android Q Beta.

Why should an app require access to your location even if you're not actively using it?

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

It's now also easier to give your Wi-Fi password to someone else via the Settings menu. Under the Wi-Fi section, you can share the password in the form of a QR code, or read one such QR code to connect to Wi-Fi. No more turning your router this way and that to find the sticker with the password on it. However, it does also lock out legitimate apps that use clipboard data for other purposes, like passing them to a PC for seamless copying and pasting between devices.

You can add app shortcuts to the desktop which launch in freeform multi-windows. Google asks that you ensure it's not something found in Pie so that the development team doesn't get bugs mixed up - that's what the AOSP tracker is for.

In other permission related changes, the Access Storage permission has now been split to individual folders that includes Photos, Videos, Audio and Downloads.

This feature could be really useful when you're listening to a track and want to extend a taste of it to your friend as well, so you can switch to the speakers using this feature.

How can I get the Android Q beta? Android Q allows you to fine-tune control over location sharing; when an app asks for your location data, you can select "allow only while the app is in use" or "allow all the time".

Google is giving developers the ability to incorporate a system settings panel right within their app, allowing you to do things like turn on wi-fi or airplane mode without ever leaving your browser.

Google doesn't mention it in its official blog post, but Android Police spotted for some theming options in Android Q's developer settings. Given the current smartphone design direction of more screen and less bezel, it's unlikely Google has dropped the idea completely. They include the system-wide dark mode, although some phones may have issues implementing it at this stage. Again, these features aren't now in the beta, but could well reappear again at a later date. The new version of Android prevents apps for opening activities in the background.

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