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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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[Update: Nope] Android Q may deliver RCS support to third-party apps, finally simplifying things at least a bit for consumers

[Update: Nope] Android Q may deliver RCS support to third-party apps, finally simplifying things at least a bit for consumers

RCS has taken years to gain widespread network support, and we're still suffering through carrier interoperability issues. The current landscape is nothing if not entirely overcomplicated to navigate, especially for consumers. But the subject may become a bit simpler once Android Q rolls around, as pile of new RCS-specific APIs has popped up in AOSP, presumably bound for the next Android release. These APIs may finally provide third-party apps with the ability to work with RCS on supported carriers. 

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Google might fix gesture navigation in Android Q by killing the back button

Google might fix gesture navigation in Android Q by killing the back button

As you're probably aware, there are some pre-release builds of Android Q floating around out there. We've gotten some tidbits detailing potential features from those builds like a system-wide dark mode and a possible desktop UI. Now, XDA claims to have spotted the best change yet: Google could make a long overdue improvement to gesture navigation by killing the back button.

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More details emerge about Android Q's improved privacy and permissions controls

More details emerge about Android Q's improved privacy and permissions controls

Android Q news is starting to arrive bit by bit, largely due to an early AOSP build that's been doing the rounds. Probably the most welcome enhancement — other than the much-anticipated system-wide dark mode — is an overhaul to the privacy and permissions settings.

Thanks to our friends at XDA Developers, we now know a little bit more about what to expect.

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Android Q all but confirmed as version 10 as more UI changes are revealed

Android Q all but confirmed as version 10 as more UI changes are revealed

We're likely a couple of months away from the first developer preview build of Android Q, but already we know a fair amount about what to expect from the next major version. Most excitingly, we could be finally getting a system-wide dark mode. We can now say with a greater degree of certainty that Android Q will carry the version number 10, plus we've learned a few more tidbits.

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Background location access for third-party apps might return in Android Q

Background location access for third-party apps might return in Android Q

In recent years, Google has taken steps to stop third-party applications in the background from finding your location. Once an app is closed, live location data may be heavily throttled or stopped entirely. While this may seem like a win for user privacy and battery life, there are plenty of apps that don't use background location data for harmful purposes (like Cerberus or various health tools). According to XDA Developers, Android Q might introduce a new permission that brings back full background location access.

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Android Q might let you turn back time by reversing app updates

Android Q might let you turn back time by reversing app updates

Android currently supports uninstalling updates to a certain app, but only for system applications. Also, it's usually only a temporary measure, as the Play Store will eventually check for updates once again and restore the latest version. Android Q might allow users to revert any app to an earlier version, if deconstructed code from a leaked Android Q build is to be believed.

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