Today, Google has released the first preview of Android Q developer beta, in addition to this announcement Google said that Android Q is available to all pixel devices including the first-gen Pixel and Pixel XL. The company says they are extending support to those devices because of the popular demand.
Google wants to increase the lifespan of its software on Pixel devices, Pixel and Pixel XL released in 2016 are capable to run on beta. According to the company’s original timeline, Android 9 Pie is the final major software release for the first-generation Pixels, which has launched with Android 7.1 Nougat pre-installed. Now with this Android Q developer beta extension, both phones will get three additional releases worth of new Android features and refinement.
Google had already promised that Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 will receive three years of Android software updates. Moreover, Google is saving other announcements of features for Google I/O event. One major change coming to Android Q is the additional privacy setting for location access which will allow users to limit apps to only pull that information while the app is in use.
Google is also incorporating new limits on the access apps will get to things like photos, videos, and audio as well as any downloaded files on devices. Q is getting better support for resuming and pausing apps which run in the background along with improvements to resizing apps for split-screen mode, these kinds of modifications would be helpful for the foldable devices like Glaxay fold and Huawei Mate X.
Another feature is the new Settings Panel API, which will allow developers instant pop-up access to phone settings like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC without the need of users to get out of the app. Too, there are new options for Photo and video options in Q as Google is standardizing how depth map images will work with Android through a new Dynamic Depth format which consists of a JPEG image, depth metadata, and a depth map bundled together.