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Here are all the little changes in Android Q Beta 2

Android Q is full of new features and major changes, but there are also plenty of minor tweaks that most people probably wouldn't notice — ranging from much-appreciated changes to possible bugs. We already covered all the little changes in Android Q Beta 1, but Beta 2 has even more of them.

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[Update x2: More changes] After a week with Android Q Beta 1, here are all the little changes we've noticed

There are quite a few new features (and some removed functionality) present in the first beta of Android Q — we've documented around 50 major changes already. There are also plenty of smaller tweaks that don't warrant separate coverage, so we're going over them here. Without further ado, here all of the smaller changes in Android Q Beta 1.

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Google starting to roll out Pixel system updates through Play Store

Last week, evidence was uncovered that Google planned to distribute system updates using the Play Store. System updates have been accessed through the Settings app for Android's entire history, so moving them to the Play Store would be an interesting move. Now it appears the rumors are true, as multiple Pixel owners have reported seeing a 'Google System Update' notification on Android Q Beta 2.

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Google reveals additional sessions for I/O about Chrome OS, Android Q, and more

Google I/O is less than a month away, but the schedule is still in flux. The initial list of presentations and sessions was announced late last last month, but now many more sessions have been added to the list, including talks about Android Q and Chrome OS.

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Every new Android Q feature we have found so far [Continuously updated]

It's that time of the year again. Google has pushed out betas for its latest, greatest version of Android: Q. Your eagle-eyed Android Police editors have been combing through looking for new features, changes, improvements, and even setbacks. We've enumerated everything we've found here, together with a brief description of what's new. So, let's take a look at Android Q.

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[Update: OTAs arriving] A patch for Android Q Beta 2 is available for download, OTAs coming soon

Android Q Beta 2 brought with it a lot of new features, though it's not surprising that some stuff is being broken given that it is a beta. Google today announced a patch for Q Beta 2, and factory and OTA images are available for installation right now. OTAs will roll out within the next 24 hours.

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Selecting images in Android Q's app switcher is broken, preventing you from easily sharing Instagram pics

Android P introduced a rather magical ability for smart text and image selection (on Pixel devices, mostly in English). When you opened the app switcher, a.k.a. Overview or Recents, you could tap and hold on any text or image to share it to another app. This allowed users to circumvent certain apps' lack of a proper share menu, so you could send Instagram pics as proper images via other apps, instead of sending post links. The same was true of Spotify album art or Facebook images, and more. Sadly, in Android Q beta 2, this isn't working.

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[Update: One step further] You can revoke permissions for older apps in Android Q before installing them

Android used to be the Wild West when it came to permissions: Apps would tell you what parts of your phone they needed access to before you installed them, and you could either accept that or not use the app at all — it was an all-or-nothing deal. Over the years, Google got its act together and realized that wasn't the best approach (overshooting the mark at times). Android Q steps up that game for apps that still rely on this old API, asking users to choose which permissions to grant before starting these apps for the first time.

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[Update: Files by Google updated] Scoped Storage in Android Q Beta 2 limits how apps can access files

Privacy has been one of the main themes with Android Q so far. Permissions can be blocked to background apps, clipboard managers have been killed off, and runtime permissions are changing for old apps. It seems Google is just getting started, as Android Q Beta 2 comes with major changes to how apps can access local files.

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Android Q to support 3D Touch-like pressure sensitive actions

Back in 2017, Google brought long-press actions with Oreo that mimicked Apple's 3D Touch without the need for pressure-sensitive screens. Despite the result being similar, Android users needed to spend an extra second to trigger a contextual menu. Some manufacturers such as ZTE or Samsung have also implemented proprietary technology to imitate the iPhone's feature, but these were somewhat limited given they weren't available throughout the OS. Four years after Apple introduced 3D Touch on the iPhone 6S, Google appears to be bringing pressure-sensitive actions as standard in Android Q.

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