Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Android Q will break clipboard manager apps

Android Q will break clipboard manager apps

If you are on your Pixel smartphone, it is still possible to activate this mode, but of course it won't be optimal. It is worth noting that unlike what happened with Android 9 Pie a year ago, Google is making its Android Q beta 1 available non-developers as well.

Now, as always, while OEMs add the broads strokes of Google's new features to their Android updates, some features may vanish or be altered beyond recognition. There are also new restrictions on apps launching background tasks without user knowledge, and restrictions that limit access to location data only while the app is in the foreground.

Numerous previously announced features for foldable phones like the Galaxy Fold are also built into Android Q. For developers, that means supporting new paused and resumed states that allow multiple apps to work on a larger display.

Google will be releasing six beta editions of Android Q. The first one will come in March and the second one will be arriving in April. We managed to get it installed on our Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL immediately after signing up. All apps accessing Downloads must make use of the system file picker as well.

Pixel users, get ready to engage Smug Mode: you get to try Android Q before anyone else.

There are also camera tweaks, notably for enabling more messing around with depth-of-field control, as well as new audio and video codecs and improved APIs for graphics and neural network performance. There's no mention of this change in the current Android Q release notes, so we could see it show up in a later version of the OS.

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As Android fans know, every new version of the operating system is named after a sweet treat.

In Android Q, the permissions have expanded.

We expect more devices will be added to the Android Q beta before long, but for now, it's pretty much a Pixel party. Things had changed with Android Pie (P, at the time) because new devices can access it (Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21, OnePlus 6, and Essential PH-1).

The major barrier to testing the new version of Android is having the right phone in the first place. Bugs in the beta can cause you to have to reset the device.

The beta is aimed at developers rather than normal users, but that doesn't mean you can't install it and have a poke around anyway.

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