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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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Heads up: Android Q Beta 5 grants apps unlimited location access, but new notification helps catch that

With Android Q, Google is focusing on privacy and battery optimizations. The new OS version makes location permissions more granular and allows us to grant them only when interested apps are in use. Contrary to this new-found privacy focus, the latest beta switches all apps that you've previously granted location access "only while in use" to "allowed all the time." Luckily, it also addresses this issue by sending you a notification whenever an app asks for your location in the background.

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[Update: Works in Beta 5] You can't disable app suggestions in the Pixel Launcher in Android Q Beta 4

One of the changes introduced with Android Pie was a list of suggested apps and App Actions in the drawer and the Overview screen when you were switching between apps. However, that was a customizable setting that you could disable if you wanted. With Q's latest Beta 4, the setting is gone, meaning you can't get rid of those icons if you don't want to see them.

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Android Q Beta 5 notifications: Silent alerts now grouped, snooze button is optional, and more

We're getting close to the finish line for Android Q, so Beta 5 (understandably) doesn't have many major changes. However, Google is sneaking in a few updates to notification management before the final Q release, including even more alterations to how snoozing works.

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Third-party launchers won't be able to use Android Q's new gesture navigation at launch

At today's announcement of Android Q Beta 5, Google revealed that it was going to move custom launchers off of the new gesture navigation system as of Beta 6, defaulting to the old three-button method if you use one. While that might sound like a reason to worry, this change is merely an "an unfortunate, yet short-term inconvenience" in Action Launcher developer Chris Lacy's words. Google has confirmed it will bring gesture support for third-party launchers "in a post-launch update" for Android Q.

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Screen pinning is now fixed and available when using gesture navigation on Android Q Beta 5

The new gesture navigation system introduced by Google in Android Q Beta 3 had an unanticipated consequence: it broke the ability to leave a "pinned" screen, leaving you stranded. Beta 4's "fix" for the issue was to entirely disable it while gesture navigation was enabled, but as of today's Android Q Beta 5 release, it's actually fixed, and you can pin un-pin things in the new navigational system via a "swipe up & hold" gesture.

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Android Q Beta 5 has a new dark boot screen, but not for all Pixels

One of the rumored additions in Android Q Beta 5 was a dark boot screen on Pixel devices, which would address a common complaint that rebooting your phone at night flashes you with a bright light. The feature has made an appearance in the latest beta, but not for all devices.

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Android Q Beta 5 doesn't include some previously leaked features

Some early builds of what appeared to be Beta 5 have been circulating for the last week or so, with a few folks seemingly getting it ahead of schedule. From those reports, a handful of features and subtle tweaks in Android Q were spotted. While at least one of those features is present in the latest official Android Q Beta 5 release, many of them are not.

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Dark boot animation on Android Q Beta 5 prevents your Pixel from blinding you when it starts up

Proponents of dark mode, here's one more thing to tick off your wishlist for a black digital world. The upcoming Android Q Beta 5, which isn't yet available but has already leaked... twice, will offer a new dark boot animation when your phone is set to use the system-wide dark mode.

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