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Android Q beefs up privacy with new limits on location access, device IDs, and more

Android Q beefs up privacy with new limits on location access, device IDs, and more

Google has tightened Android security over the years, but there are still some loopholes that need closed. In Android Q, Google has addressed several nagging issues. The changes are geared toward giving users more control and transparency, and that will mean developers might have to rethink how they do things.

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Android Q now includes rounded screen corners and notches in screenshots

Android Q now includes rounded screen corners and notches in screenshots

Android has supported notches and other screen cutouts since Android Pie, but they never appeared in screenshots. The cutouts themselves are physical holes in the display, so it makes sense they weren't presented in the software. For whatever reason, notches are now front and center in Android Q screenshots, as well as screen corners.

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You can access system settings like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other options conveniently inside apps in Android Q

You can access system settings like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other options conveniently inside apps in Android Q

Sometimes, in the course of using an app, you'll find that you need to tweak a setting to accomplish a task. In previous versions of Android, that meant exiting the app entirely to adjust the appropriate toggles in the Settings app. Starting in Android Q, though, apps are able to surface relevant settings in floating panels.

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Android Q timeline: Six betas planned, final release in Q3

Android Q timeline: Six betas planned, final release in Q3

Today is Android Q day, and behind the scenes we're frantically flashing this new beta to see what's new, but plenty of new details have been revealed officially. Among the most important is the timeline for beta releases going forward. Six beta releases are planned in total, with the final release due in Q3.

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Android Q Beta registration is going live

Android Q Beta registration is going live

Beta registration for Android Q is going live as we speak. Some have already been able to register their devices and receive OTAs, while others are still seeing the old landing page. Either way, if mucking about in ADB or unlocking your bootloader doesn't appeal to you, this method is a bit easier.

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Download the Android Q beta for your Pixel phone now (all models)

Download the Android Q beta for your Pixel phone now (all models)

After a bit of hand-wringing (sorry about that) Android Q is finally, actually here. This latest version may still lack a formal, dessert-themed name, but it's now available for all Pixel phones — including the nearly three-year-old 2016 Pixel and Pixel XL. Both factory images and sideloadable OTAs are live.

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Android Q beta is rolling out today, supports all Pixel phones

Android Q beta is rolling out today, supports all Pixel phones

Some corners of the internet expected Android Q to arrive in beta form on Monday, but that didn't happen. Today is the day, though. Google has confirmed Q is rolling out to all Pixel phones, even the first gen devices. Get ready to dig into the new Android.

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[Update: Maybe on Wednesday] The Android Q Beta is likely launching in just a few hours

[Update: Maybe on Wednesday] The Android Q Beta is likely launching in just a few hours

We've been wondering when the beta for Android Q would land, given that past releases have all occurred at around this time of year. The bug tracker for the Android Q Beta has just been opened up by Google, and according to the date filter, the beta is going to launch later today, March 11th.

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Even more phones will get early Android beta updates this year

Even more phones will get early Android beta updates this year

At last year's I/O, Google surprised many of us by announcing that the Android P beta would not only be available on the Pixel line-up, but also on select devices from other manufacturers. Project Treble played a huge role in making that possible, and things are going to be even better this year: more companies will be part of the Q beta than P.

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Developers have Android Q running on the Nintendo Switch

Developers have Android Q running on the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo's wildly successful Switch console is a hybrid—part handheld and part big screen gaming. Inside, it has hardware that many Android fans will recognize as being very tablet-like. Nintendo doesn't use Android on the Switch, but an independent project is working to make that possible. There's now a very early build of Android Q up and running on the device.

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