Android Q Beta 1 launched for all pixel phones; why install Android Q apps

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New Delhi : Google has launched the first beta build of Android Q. Now, users of Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, or Pixel 3 XL can easily install this new update and enjoy it endlessly.

You can install the first Android Q beta release through the Android Beta program. You just need to enroll your device at and then you'll receive the build over-the-air. Till date, Google only allowed this mechanism starting with later betas, when things became more stable, and the first preview build was only installable manually, as it was aimed solely at developers.

Coming to accessibility, you'll be able to better control apps' access to your photos, videos, and audio files, and to get inside the Downloads folder apps must use the system file picker, which lets you decide which files the app can access.

Benefits of installing Android Q

Android Q will prevent apps from launching activities while in the background, in order to cut down on apps unexpectedly jumping into the foreground. If an app needs to get your attention quickly, it can use a high priority notification and provide full screen intent instead.

Access to device IMEI, serial number, and similar identifiers will be limited in Android Q, and Google will randomize your device's MAC address when connecting to different Wi-Fi networks by default.

Google is also allowing apps take advantage of the new foldable screens, and when a user wants to share content with someone in another app, the process will be quicker and easier with Sharing Shortcuts, which let you jump directly into another app to share content. This share UI will apparently be able to load instantly

The Wi-Fi stack in Android Q has been rebuilt to improve privacy and performance, and also improve use cases like managing IoT devices and suggesting internet connections without requiring the location permission. There will also be a high performance, low latency mode for Wi-Fi which could prove handy for real-time gaming, active voice calls, and the likes.

In Android Q apps can request a Dynamic Depth image, making it possible for third party apps to offer specialized blurs and bokeh options. This data can also be used to create 3D images or support AR photography use cases. Dynamic Depth will be an open format, so it might take off.