Get a taste of the next flavor of Android.
As expected, Google has just launched a developer preview of Android Q, it’s next mobile operating system. A plethora of changes are introduced, including more under-the-hood features that focus more on privacy.
Like in iOS, each app that asks for your location will give you three options to choose from: ‘Allow all the time’, ‘Allow only while the app is in use’ or ‘Deny’. Sharing shortcuts have also been improved, including easy access to system settings without having to leave the app that you’re using.
Additionally, Android Q will give improved support for apps that take advantage of a foldable screen like the ones found on the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X. It gives developers better management on how their apps will appear on foldable displays.
Android Q will also have native support for the AVI video codec that allows for high-quality videos to be streamed at a lesser bandwidth. It will also have native support for HDR10+, so probably that’s an indication that future Pixel smartphones will have even better displays.
The Android Q Developer Preview is available for the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and surprisingly the original Pixel and Pixel XL. You can flash your Pixel device or opt-in for an OTA update, but as all betas go, we strictly recommend not using this software on your primary device since it will be full of bugs.
If you choose not to install the preview, you can join in speculating what dessert Google will name Android Q. (Quiche, maybe?)