Android Q Has a Built-In Desktop Mode

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In an interesting twist, the Android Q beta is being offered up to all three generations of the Pixel phones.

As is the case with previews, this is a build designed for developers so they can begin to prepare their apps and games. No more turning your router this way and that to find the sticker with the password on it.

What is a beta/developer preview?

Google is focusing on modernising the Android ecosystem to enhance platform-wide security and improve performance, and when Android 10 is deployed it will warn users if they run an app which targets platforms older than Android 6.0. Devices like the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X represent the start of foldables becoming more available, and Android Q will have specific APIs for devices with changeable form-factors.

We here at AP are chomping at the bit waiting for news on Android Q.

Keep in mind, this is only the first beta of Android Q, so that's not a surprise at all. Backing up data. Simply open the Settings menu, navigate to System, and choose Backup. It's very much like Microsoft's Windows Insider programme.

The Android Q beta also brings new audio and video codecs.

Sign in to your Google Account to see a list of your eligible devices. The update sports the 15.1.80 version number and it is available in the form of APK. It should show up within a few minutes. The changes aren't massive here, but the best parts of our year are playing with new versions of Android. Similar groupings and references are made for first, second, and third-generation Pixel devices which suggest Google is treating its mid-range offerings as a separate fourth generation, rather than an extension to the third-gen lineup.

If you want to try it for yourself, you'll need the Android Studio emulator.

Want to get a piece of Android Q for yourself? For instructions on flashing your device manually, head here. Here's the site where you can download them.

Because files are private to your app, you no longer need any permissions to access and save your own files within external storage. You will not be able to un-enroll and revert back to a lower public release version of Android without first wiping all locally saved data on your device.

While there are some user-facing changes with Android Q compared to Pie, this latest Android version is primarily focused on smaller backend tweaks and upgrades to make your phone, faster, safer, and more reliable.