Google Pixel 3 owners get huge Android boost as major upgrade revealed

Alfred Osborne
March 15, 2019

After you opt-in and accept the Android Beta Program Terms of Service, you can start sharing your thoughts about Android Q with us directly from your device and by joining the Android Beta Program Reddit community.

Android Q puts new limits on files located on shared external storage. Even more hopefully, Google will find a way to satisfy privacy needs without blocking valid use cases.

What is a beta/developer preview?

The final release of the OS is scheduled for Q3 2019.

We expect more devices will be added to the Android Q beta before long, but for now, it's pretty much a Pixel party. Since Android Nougat, the finalized version of the OS has been published sometime in August with Android Pie having been pushed out the earliest.

Google doesn't mention it in its official blog post, but Android Police spotted for some theming options in Android Q's developer settings.

We here at AP are chomping at the bit waiting for news on Android Q. However, I must wonder what delicious dessert will Android Q be named after? Also, Google has now added support for foldable devices. The company has made changes to the way Android handles split-screen applications to improve their usability on folding devices. It's very much like Microsoft's Windows Insider programme. You can then enroll in the Android Q beta here, and download the beta onto your phone or use a system image to update it. You should be able to disable or reset your advertising ID without being tracked, and Android Q makes that possible. It should show up within a few minutes.

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That's it, it's so simple. We managed to get it installed on our Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL immediately after signing up.

One potential problem, however, is that the change seems to affect any app running under Android Q, whether that app targets the version of Android or not.

We do not yet have certainty about the flagship that Google will market this year (two as always?), Nor about which of the two devices, the following image is based, but here is what Google Pixel 4 looks like (or Pixel 4 XL).

As noticed by Michael Young on Twitter, Android Q has a new option that allows users to force desktop mode. Google says that apps can either use their own sandbox to store data or in "common collections". Here's the site where you can download them.

This page details how to flash while also providing step-by-step instructions that'll get you going. 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.

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