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Google releases Android Q beta on Pixel phones

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has released the first beta version of Android's next update "Q" on phones with developer-focused tools as well as compatibility features for foldable phones.

"In Q, we've made more enhancements to protect our users. The (OS) would give users more control over when apps could get location. Users would also be able to control apps' access to the Photos, Videos and Audio collections via new run-time permissions," Dave Burke, at Google, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

has added several sharing shortcuts to Q to facilitate easy and one-tap content sharing.

"When a user wants to share content like a photo with someone in another app Q will make it quicker and easier with Sharing Shortcuts, which let users jump directly into another app to share content," Burke said.

The first beta of Android Q also comes with improvements in the Settings panel, and along with better permissions, privacy and security features.

Additionally, the giant also seems to have focused on camera, media and graphic advancements in Android Q.

"Starting in Android Q, apps can request a Dynamic Depth image which consists of a Joint (JPEG) metadata, making it possible for you to offer specialised blurs and bokeh options in your app. You can even use the data to create 3D images or support Augmented Reality (AR)- photography use-cases in the future," added.

is also making Dynamic Depth an open format for the ecosystem and working with device maker partners to make running Android Q and later, the post noted.

Newer features of Android Q are most likely be revealed at the Google IO 2019 event in May.



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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 12:34 IST