Android Q preview: What's new in beta?
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Android Q preview: What's new in beta?

Operating Systems
Google has just released the first beta of Android Q, the predecessor to Pi, and the next big software update coming to your Android device. So what's new so far? Well, a lot of improvements under the hood that you probably won't catch at first glance. We have faster and more secure Wi Fi connectivity with high performance and low latency modes. Which will come in handy for real time gaming and improve voice calls. There's better security and privacy speachers especially when it comes to app permissions giving users more control over what they share. Like the ability to stop location trackings when apps are not being used, file based encryption and more support for passive authentication using facial recognition in apps. Then there's dynamic depth format for photos, which basically gives apps access to all that depth mapping metadata from photos taken with that blurred background effect. Then they can create 3D or AR photography. And HDR10 Plus, for phones that support high dynamic range video. And next generation AV1 video codec for better video streaming that won't use up as much bandwidth and the biggest one you probably won't use, better support for foldable phones. Android Q lets developers control what their apps will look like on the folded area and on the larger screens of these devices as well as how to pause and resume an app on this different screens. The beta is available for anyone with the pixel bold enough to help Google test out under a cue. But I would strongly advice against this. Mainly because it's still a very early and potentially unstable version that could dramatically slow down your phone and drain battery life. That said, if you're still dying to test it out, don't do it on your main phone and just follow the steps in our CNET how to. We'll keep you posted on all the latest Sandra Q details including the new desert name once we know more in the coming months.

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