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Android Q Now in Beta

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  • Introducing Android Q Beta

    In 2019, mobile innovation is stronger than ever, with new technologies from 5G to edge to edge displays and even foldable screens. Android is right at the center of this innovation cycle, and thanks to the broad ecosystem of partners across billions of devices, Android's helping push the boundaries of hardware and software bringing new experiences and capabilities to users.

  • Android Q Reaches Public Beta With Improved Privacy, Opus/AV1 Support, ANGLE On Vulkan

    Google today rolled out their first public beta/development release of the upcoming Android Q that will be formally released in the second half of 2019.

    Android Q is introducing new privacy protections, new foldable screen support given the recent wave of foldable devices, the ability to share shortcuts, improved peer-to-peer/internet connectivity, new WiFi performance and low latency modes, support for the AV1 video codec, support for audio encoding using Opus, a native MIDI API, and other enhancements.

  • Android Q Beta 1 Is Finally Here For All Pixel Devices

    After a series of rumors and leaks, Google has finally released the first Android Q Beta and shared its factory images and OTA files. “Today we’re releasing Beta 1 of Android Q for early adopters and a preview SDK for developers,” Google said in its official announcement.

    It should be noted that the first beta is aimed at developers and Android enthusiasts who love to go the extra mile to get the latest features as soon as possible. The final and stable Android Q release is expected to arrive in early August.

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