Google’s Android Q Beta

Kelley Robertson
March 15, 2019

The Android Q beta is now only open to owners of the Pixel, Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 range.

Android Q Beta 1 showcases Google's new security and privacy protection features and permissions, protecting users' information from location to filesystem and more.

Google rolled out Android Q's first beta version for all Pixel phones last night.

All the Pixel users can enroll to get the Android Q Beta update via OTA update and downloadable system images for the Pixel devices are also available.

Android Emulator for desktops can also be used for testing the build; simply open the SDK Manager in Android Studio and download the latest version of the software. The company has promised to share more details about Android Q during Google I/O in May this year. The first release of the OS is far from ready for public use and primarily meant for developers to try out Q and prepare their app for all the changes that it brings.

Now, as always, while OEMs add the broads strokes of Google's new features to their Android updates, some features may vanish or be altered beyond recognition. Google is also limiting access to non-resettable device identifiers, including device IMEI, serial number, and others with Android Q. Android Q requires you to verify with a password, PIN or fingerprint before it'll make the code though, Android Authority reported. It's available to all Pixel phones, including the original Pixel and Pixel XL. Once done, you will receive the build over-the-air. 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.

Also when you restart your device, the phone will flash a message informing you that your device is running a beta version of Android.

Beta 1 will deliver a new Sharing Shortcuts feature that will let the user share content with someone in another app.

Which devices are eligible for Android Q beta?


In addition, they can use Dynamic Depth data to create 3D images or augmented reality effects in photos in the future. The Android Runtime (ART) in Android Q can pre-compile parts of an app to reduce launch times. Those interested in privacy will take a close look at the new authorization management system, it should be simplified and will allow some interesting changes, including the impossibility of using localization when the application is not in use.

What are the key features of Android Q?

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