While initial predictions on the matter didn't pan out, it still didn't take long for Google to debut the first developer preview of Android Q after media reports suggesting the launch is imminent began emerging on Monday.
There will be a new privacy setting for location access, for instance, allowing users to restrict apps so that they only access information while in use (rather than carte blanche access to user location data).
The initial release has just come out and will be supplanted with an incremental update around the start of April. Android Q is also adding "experimental support" for ANGLE on top of Vulkan, which is "a graphics abstraction layer designed for high-performance OpenGL compatibility across implementations".
Even if you had previously registered for the Android P beta, you have to register once again for the Android Q beta. In June we can get accesses to the fourth built which are meant for testing while the 5th and 6th beta are more like the final beta. We can also expect changes to how apps resize for split-screen modes, which is likely part of this better support foldables. Google is also limiting access to non-resettable device identifiers, including device IMEI, serial number, and others with Android Q.
Android Emulator for desktops can also be used for testing the build; simply open the SDK Manager in Android Studio and download the latest version of the software.
If you're using any Pixel phone though, you're set.
Beta 1 will deliver a new Sharing Shortcuts feature that will let the user share content with someone in another app. I've installed it on my Pixel 3 XL, and found some really neat features. As shown in the screenshot below, you'll be able to share the details through a QR code, once you authenticate the process via your registered fingerprint on the device. Check for Android Q update by going to Settings System Advanced System updates. Don't have a Pixel device?
As noticed by Michael Young on Twitter, Android Q has a new option that allows users to force desktop mode. Once done, you will receive the build over-the-air.
Below is a rundown of some of the new features in Android Q.