Android Q’s new camera features will make shutterbugs happy

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Google has released the first developer preview of Android Q Beta this week and the major operating system update already comes with a handful of fantastic features.

These were a few features of the Android Q as its just the first Beta. Assuming the benchmark relays genuine information, one could conclude that Google might be lowering the bar further to make the Lite phones even more accessible to consumers looking for a cheaper Pixel phone. The first public Android Q beta is up for grabs in the form of OTA files and factory images. After signing up, you'll receive an over-the-air update to download and install Q. The beta page doesn't appear to be functional quite yet, but that should change soon.

As The Verge reports, Google today released a preview of the next version of Android.

This version of the operating system is therefore meant for developers to get their software running on the new platform ahead of general release.

If you are unhappy with the Android Q beta experience at this point, you have the option to uninstall the beta and revert to Android Pie. "You may also encounter issues restoring a backup". However, I must wonder what delicious dessert will Android Q be named after? It features new privacy and security controls to users and also carries enhancements for foldable phones. It is worth noting that unlike what happened with Android 9 Pie past year, Google is making its Android Q beta 1 available non-developers as well.

For instance, there's now greater transparency and control for users over the data that individual apps will have access to.

Google Releases Android Q Beta for Developers, Early Adopters
Android Q beta is now available for Pixel devices

The Android Q beta has just been turned on and we're set for a crash course over the next several months. This floating settings panel could provide quick access to things like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Hence the headline, if you're using an Android One handset like the ones hawked by Nokia, or you're using Google's Pixel handsets, you'll definitely see a benefit.

Google has also introduced a Theming feature in the Settings.

So what shiny new features does Android Q bring along with it?

Also called Android Q, it is now only available in beta to Google Pixel users. 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.

A number of camera enhancements will be included in Android Q, including the ability to request a Dynamic Depth image when taking a picture with your smartphone's camera. It supports AV1 video codec to offer high-quality video streaming while consuming less bandwidth. It could be enabled for all users in the future beta versions.

Finally, Android 10 will require 64-bit support in all apps.

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