Google Android Developers has finally introduced the Android Q Beta officially for all the Google Pixel models. The update is in beta mode and lacks some of the core features and system improvements as well. The Android Q official name isn’t announced yet by Google. It’s quite exciting that most of the rumored and expected features of Android 10 are available. But, the good news is that you can download Android Q Beta for Google Pixel devices now (All Models).
Download Android Q Beta Factory Image for Pixel Devices
Android developers have officially introduced the factory image file for Pixel devices. You can grab the latest Android Q Beta system image file and flash it manually to your device. Currently, all the Google Pixel models are compatible and supported with the Android 10 Beta update. In a coming few weeks, most of the smartphones will roll out the Beta update as well. However, you can check your device eligibility for Android Q here. We’ve pulled out the download links directly for your ease which are given below:
- Your Google Pixel device should be bootloader unlocked to flash the system image.
- The manual flash of system image will clear all of the device data. It’s highly recommended to take a full backup of your device.
- Manually flashed system images do not receive automatically OTA updates.
- You can also sideload locked bootloader for OTAs. Visit the page for more details.
Android Q Beta OTA Sideload
In addition, if you’re a Pixel device owner and wants to receive the Android Beta updates quite faster then you can enroll for the Android Beta Program. However, it will take some time to roll out the Android Q Beta OTA updates officially. Additionally, by receiving the official OTA, you don’t need to unlock your device bootloader or clear device data. This will be a pure advantage.
Android Q Top Features
Android Q (Android 10.0) brings a number of additional privacy and security features for the users. It also enhances for foldable display devices, new APIs for connectivity, new media codecs & camera capabilities, Neural Networks API (NNAPI) extensions, Vulkan 1.1 support, faster app startup, and more.
Google has released the Android Q Beta 1 SDK preview for the beta users and developers. The official stable version and name announcement will take place at Google I/O 2019 in May. So, stay tuned for that.
- Prevent apps in launching and running in the background without consent.
- New experience into app transition of users from other apps.
- Supports onResume and onPause in foldable devices.
- Improved interface of any app’s resizable activity like multi-window on foldable.
- Android Emulator to support multiple-display type switching.
- Sharing shortcuts in the share UI.
- Slice floating UI in the Settings panel.
- Improved connectivity: Permissions, Privacy, and Security in Bluetooth, Cellular and Wi-Fi.
- Improved peer-to-peer Wi-Fi functions like configuring, downloading, or printing.
- Supports 3D images, or AR photography with dynamic depth control in camera photos.
- New audio and video codecs.
- Native MIDI API for audio processing in C++.
- ANGLE on Vulkan for OpenGL compatibility. [Android developers are also planning to support OpenGL ES 2.0, with ES 3.0 in future]
- Vulkan 1.1 for 3D graphics.
- Neural Networks API 1.2 including ARGMAX, ARGMIN, quantized LSTM.
- ART performance offers Profile Guided Optimization (PGO) for faster app startups.
- Compatibility through public APIs.
- Android Q will warn users with a dialog when they run an app for the first time that targets a platform earlier than API level 23 (Marshmallow). [Requires target SDK Version to 28 (Android Pie) API level]
Privacy & Security Features:
- Improved Biometric security, adds support for TLS 1.3 standard.
- More control over the location in background running applications.
- More control and privacy protection in storage, documents, media files etc.
- Random changes in device MAC address while connected to a different Wi-Fi network by default.
Otherwise, if you’re a stable Android user and wants to taste the new fully featured Android Q stable version, you can wait for the stable update. For more detailed information, you can check out the official Android Developers Blog.