Google has announced the first preview of Android Q, which is meant for developers only. While most of the bigger issues that will affect users haven’t been rolled in yet, Google still says that the new release will bring changes, like better privacy controls and support for foldable screens.
The first big change that we can expect to see with the arrival of beta Q is an additional privacy setting for location access that will limit apps to only pull that information while the app is in use. It will also put limits on what apps get access to like photos, videos and even downloaded files on your device.
With the recent launch of foldable devices like the Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, Google has also announced better support for these phones with Android Q. It will support resuming and pausing of apps running in the background, and will also improve the resizing of apps for split-screen modes.
The first Android Q developer preview is available starting today for all Google Pixel devices – Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL. By signing up for the beta program, users can get Android Q on their phones right away.
The installation process for the new OS is quite easy, but if you do end up running into issues and want to go back to the more stable Android 9 Pie, you might have to end up formatting your phone entirely. So, it is crucial that your data is backed up before you attempt an installation. Before you get started, open your settings, go to “System,” and hit “Backup.” A screen notification will tell you if your phone is ready to back up data. If this feature isn’t activated, turn it on right away.