Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Android Q’s Desktop Mode is real, here’s your first look

Android Q’s Desktop Mode is real, here’s your first look

Now that the first Android Q beta has been released for all Google Pixel smartphones and the Android Studio emulator, it's possible to try it out.

You can install the Android Q beta on any Pixel phone, going all the way back to the 2016 first-gen version.

Foldables are a popular new smartphone trend, like the Samsung Galaxy Fold that's coming to T-Mobile, and Android Q will include better support for these devices. With the final design with Android Q relying on feedback from the beta program and users free to offer more insight and suggestions, tearing into upcoming features and improvements ahead of their respective finalization could become much more hard.

The continued support for the original Pixel and Pixel XL comes as a bit of a surprise, as these devices are already past their promised support window for new features (which at the time was two years from release).

It's also - even at this early stage - brimming with performance improvements for apps and games, and new depth features for images allowing developers to get creative with effects in their apps. In the past, you could either grant or deny location access for an app, but there was no in between. This release is mainly to give developers a chance to begin testing apps against the new Android API features.

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That's right, notches and screen corners now appear in Android Q screenshots.

"Sharing Shortcuts" in Android Q also makes it easier to share content like a photo withs someone in another app. This time around, Google will be taking comments and suggestions via the more common settings menu option as well as a brand new app and Quick Settings Tile dedicated to providing feedback. This data can also be used to create 3D images or support AR photography use cases.

Also on the permissions front, you'll be able to better control apps' access to your photos, videos, and audio files, and to get inside the Downloads folder apps must use the system file picker, which lets you decide which files the app can access. For example, Google Chrome's display panel might have connectivity settings like Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi and data. With it, developers can publish share targets that launch a specific activity in their app with content attached. This share UI will apparently be able to load instantly, which is big if true.

Android Q beta 1 features: With Android Q Google is focussing more on the privacy of the users.

Now for the important question...

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