Google has announced its Android Q developer beta. You can use if you own any Pixel phone from the latest Google Pixel 3 all the way back to the first Pixel and Pixel XL. It is the first Android Q beta of several before its full release and the final version will likely be in this fall. People will find a bunch of new features to refine and improve the Android experience. But, a lot of the changes listed on the Android Developers Blog post explain all the new features and APIs for apps. You can also enroll here to get Android Q beta updates over-the-air, but only using your Pixel phones.
The current beta version may not have all the fun new UI changes that will come in the eventual release. XDA Developers have indicated more exciting features will be announced at Google IO 2019 in May. This beta has developer-focused tools and options. Rumors suggested that the Android team has refined privacy settings in Android Q. Users will get more control over app access to location info, shared files, and repositories like Photos and Videos. The app-makers and opt to send high-priority notifications first, instead of apps automatically switching focus when they have an Activity in the background such as an alarm or call.
These are considered the most onerous changes for developers in Android Q. The Android Developers Blog post said, “We are bringing these changes to you early, so you can have as much time as possible to prepare”. Developers are now able to show contextually-important system settings within their apps. It harnesses the Slices feature that came in Android 9 Pie. So, you’ll be able to do that right within your mobile browser, instead of having to navigate to Settings to switch on Airplane Mode or toggle Wi-Fi or Mobile Data on/off. Its adaptive Wi-Fi enables high performance/low latency modes and useful for online gaming or voice calls.