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Here are all the little changes in Android Q Beta 3

The Android Q Betas have had a ton of major changes, both in the interface and in the APIs that applications use. However, there are some changes so minor that they aren't quite important enough for a dedicated post. We already covered the little changes in Beta 1 and 2, so now it's time to take a close look at Beta 3.

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[Update: It's back] Notification snoozing has disappeared in Android Q Beta 3 for some, hopefully it's a bug

The ability to snooze notifications is a divisive feature, with some (like me) using it fairly often and others at AP saying they never do. If you fall into the first camp and have installed the third Android Q Beta that became available yesterday, you may have noticed that snoozing is no longer possible.

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Android Q Beta 3 spontaneously rebooting for some people to "test mainline update"

Android Q promises to bring a lot of changes to the way our favorite OS works. There are new security-related restrictions around file storage and background activities, a revised gesture navigation, and a feature called "mainline update," which should allow Google to push modular system updates through the Play Store. The company appears to be heavily testing this feature, as some people on Q Beta 3 report that their devices were rebooted without warning to "test an update."

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Android Q Beta 3 seems to be breaking RCS messaging for some

It's not unusual for beta software to come with quirks, and we've recently discovered yet another in Android Q Beta 3: RCS messaging functionality previously present in Messages on Pixel 3 phones seems to have disappeared. RCS-enabled conversations have reverted to SMS, and the Chat features option has vanished from the app's settings.

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[Update: OTA images gone too] Pixel 3a and 3a XL removed from Android Q Beta program, but they'll return in June

After the Google I/O keynote, there was some confusion about how many devices would be getting Android Q Beta 3. A total of 21 was given originally, but that didn't include the newly announced Pixel 3a and 3a XL even though we'd separately been told they were going to get it. That was later confirmed, but they've now been removed.

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Pixels on Android Q might receive automatic car crash detection

Google has been putting a lot of effort into Android users' health and security with features like Digital Wellbeing, but also by helping them stay focused while driving. Now, the company appears to be working on a feature that should help you when you do get into an accident while on the road, regardless of cause. Some strings appeared on Android Q that suggest Pixels will automatically detect crashes.

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You can't silence or block notifications for Messages on Android Q Beta 3

Every beta version of any software brings on a slew of bugs and issues, but Android Q's most recent Beta 3 has been even more frustrating than usual. We've covered several issues with it, but there are also some changes that we don't know how to categorize. Bugs? New features? Half-baked transitions? One of them is the disappearance of notification snoozing and now we've noticed another baffling change: you can't silence or control priority for notifications from Messages.

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Android Q will include gesture and 3-button navigation as default options, but OEMs can still add their own

Google's latest attempt at gesture navigation in the third Android Q beta has caused quite a stir. Some commend the decision to finally rip off the superior iOS-style home gesture, while others aren't happy with the new swipe-from-the-side back button. No matter what you think of it, it's here to stay, but the trusty old three-button navigation will be included as an option on all phones going forward.

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Android Q Beta 3 breaks screenshot saving and sharing for some users

Android Q Beta 3 has hit our devices only a couple of days ago, but so far, it turns out to be the buggiest preview release of the latest OS version yet. We're experiencing mobile-network-breaking eSIM trouble, some Google Pay problems, and some issues related to the new gesture navigation. Now, another bug has surfaced that affects screenshot sharing and saving.

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[Update: Should be fixed] Google Pay is broken for many in Android Q Beta 3

Beta releases tend to have bugs, and this latest one from Android Q Beta 3 might be a bit unfortunate for those of you who use contactless payments. Many on Beta 3 are reporting that Google Pay is broken, presumably because of a SafetyNet issue similar to the one from Android P DP4 last year.

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