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Solid Explorer now works with Scoped Storage on Android Q

Perhaps the most drastic change announced for Android Q was Scoped Storage, which changes file management on Android by limiting which folders apps can access. After complaints from developers that they wouldn't be able to update their apps in time for Q, Google said it wouldn't make Scoped Storage a requirement until Android R, but well-known file manager Solid Explorer has just added support anyway.

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[Update: Response] Turkish manufacturer distributes software image from XDA Forums for its own Android Q beta program

The XDA forums are the capitol of all Android root/ROM development efforts these days, and from its multitudes of developers and endless pages of posts come most of the homebrew software that provides us with root access, liberates draconian device restrictions, and keeps older phones ticking. Android enthusiasts aren't the only ones making use of the software there, though. Turkish OEM General Mobile recently rolled out its own Android Q beta program for two of its phones even though it isn't among the manufacturers Google lists as participating in these early Q tests. It turns out, that's because General Mobile's Android Q beta is merely a lightly-tweaked ripoff of an unofficial GSI from XDA's forums.

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OnePlus 6, 6T, 7, and 7 Pro receive their third Android Q developer previews

OnePlus has released the third version of its Android Q Developer Preview simultaneously for OnePlus 6, 6T, 7, and 7 Pro users, bringing update pulses together for the first time. The program's latest refreshes come as Google itself is about to finish its beta process for Q on the Pixels. But on OnePlus's end, the company has implied that participants will need to temper their expectations on when the OS upgrade will be finalized.

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Google shows off its new emoji designs that will debut with Android Q

The Unicode Consortium codified 230 new symbols — well, 65 new symbols plus many skin tone, color, and gender variants — as part of its Emoji 12.0 update released back in March. But it does takes a good long while for tech companies to draw up and deploy unique designs for concepts such as "pinching hand," "otter," and "razor." Fortunately for people who use Google products, that particular company has published its final drafts to the public in time for World Emoji Day and they're all ready to be officially rolled out for use in Android Q.

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Android Q's parental controls are going live with latest Digital Wellbeing beta [APK Download]

During its I/O press conference, Google announced several improvements to Digital Wellbeing including a tight integration with Family Link, enabling parents to set screen and app usage limitations for their children's devices. The feature was said to be coming in Android Q, but we hadn't yet seen it in any beta release. With today's update to Digital Wellbeing, the integration appears to be going live.

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Android Q could offer to translate app previews in the Recents screen

Before Android Q Beta 5 launched, details from a leaked internal build were already doing the rounds on Reddit. This gave us a glance at some functionality that didn't make it into the publicly available beta build, like an option to change the back gesture's sensitivity. Another feature from the internal build has now surfaced that offers to translate the contents of an app preview in the Recents screen.

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Android Auto phone interface gone for many on Android Q Beta 5

Quite a while ago, along announcing the new Android Auto experience, Google also said that it would deprecate the interface for phones completely. It encourages its customers to use Assistant Driving Mode instead, which is poised to come out "this summer." Android Q is apparently already preparing for this, as some users on the latest beta report that the Android Auto app icon is disappearing for them, with no option to start the app from their phones anymore.

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[Update: Functional in Beta 5] Hints for Tasker-like Settings Rules surface on Android Q

Android has always been known as a system open to deep integrations with third-party applications, allowing us to automate our devices through services like Tasker and IFTTT. However, Google intends to change that with Android Q and wants to make it harder for apps to hook into the OS as a security measure. To compensate this, the company now appears to be working on a Rules app similar to a very rudimentary Tasker that allows you to reproduce some of its abilities natively.

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[Update x2: Now on Essential Phone] Get your Pixels ready: Android Q Beta 5 is landing today

Android Q Beta 5 officially lands today. As expected, it doesn't deliver a ton of changes or new features, representing the first so-called "release candidate" for developers to test their apps against before the final release later this summer. There are a few new tweaks in Beta 5, though.

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Google makes exiting fullscreen mode way less annoying in Android Q Beta 5

Picture this. You're watching a video or playing a game in fullscreen, and you want to exit it. You think to yourself, no problemo, I'll just swipe from the side of the screen to trigger the navigation buttons then tap back. Or if you're using gestures, you swipe from the side thinking it'll trigger the back function. Either way, that swipe worked well on Pie and earlier, but it was removed in Q betas. We had to wait for Beta 5 to see it brought back.

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