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Android Q wants you to see the notch everywhere, even in screenshots

14 March 2019

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). The new OS comes in the form of Android Q Beta 1, which can be downloaded from android-developers.googleblog.com on Pixel smartphones.

Android Q's largest feature is foldable support. With the final design with Android Q relying on feedback from the beta program and users free to offer more insight and suggestions, tearing into upcoming features and improvements ahead of their respective finalization could become much more hard. As part of its work in Project Strobe, Google is adding a number of new privacy and security features to Android Q. These include more control over when apps can get your location information, more control over apps' ability to access private data like photos and videos, and a new blocker on apps launching foreground activities from a background task (which often interrupts what you're now doing in another app). It's a very early release and is coming out now so that app makers can get a jump on updating their software to take advantage of Q's new features.

For those who have the percentage for their battery in the status bar turned on, this isn't a big deal; you don't really need to see the battery percentage in your quick settings again. It is worth noting that unlike what happened with Android 9 Pie previous year, Google is making its Android Q beta 1 available non-developers as well. Dynamic Depth will allow apps to offer specialized blurs and bokeh options. Dynamic Depth will be an open format, so it might take off. There's no telling what apps or services will break due to changes made throughout the beta process. Android Q will also be able to handle AV1 a video codec that allows for higher quality streaming video that uses less bandwidth. "You can even use the data to create 3D images or support AR photography use-cases in the future". The best part? They load instantly, unlike today's Share panel. At the other end of the scale, there's a Wi-Fi performance mode to increase speed and lower latency at the expense of battery life.

Google will be releasing six beta editions of Android Q. The first one will come in March and the second one will be arriving in April.

Android Q provides more support for passive authentication like face ID.

Android Q wants you to see the notch everywhere, even in screenshots