A final unfamiliar aspect of Android Q is that users with Google Pixel smartphones can get hold of beta version 1 this week as an over-the-air downloadable system image (no need to root a device or wait for later builds).
Given that numerous services offered by the search giant rely on machine learning and the device performs some of these AI tasks, it would be an interesting decision for Google to include the Snapdragon 625 processor into its mid-range smartphones, which lacks the improved AI performance of some of the newer chipsets.
Also called Android Q, it is now only available in beta to Google Pixel users.
Google is finally revamping the Share menu in Android Q and making it notably faster.
Have fun playing around with the new gestures in Android Q!
If you want to see how Android Q's new gestures compare to Android Pie's gestures, here's a video I did last month. While we continue to dig around and find new, hidden and unannounced goodies, below are five features coming to Android Q worth getting excited about.
Monochrome is self-explanatory, and can be found in the current version of Android, 9.0 Pie. It's unlikely we'll see the Google Pixel 4 range until the tail-end of 2019 - we now expect October - so even if this is accurate it may be that the design will change a lot before then.
However, Android 10 will also allow users to only provide apps with location information when the app requiring this data is open.
Google hasn't said exactly when Android Q is going to get pushed out to the world at large, but it has said it's going to be sometime in the third quarter of 2019 - so either July, August or September.
As well as the above, it is hoped that there will be a system-wide dark mode implemented with an "override" option to force apps without dark mode to work with the night-friendly colour scheme. Aside from the Pixel 3 XL Lite, rumors claim that Google will also launch the Pixel 3 Lite, which will likely feature the Snapdragon 670 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and a 2,915mAh battery.
This is because a previous benchmarking leak revealed that the Pixel 3a XL was tested with 3GB RAM and a Snapdragon 625, which in a nutshell, are disappointing specifications for a device with the name "Pixel" attached to it. Android Q's first developer preview and beta is here. Be warned: this is unstable beta software.
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.