Google Pixel 3 owners get huge Android boost as major upgrade revealed

Yolanda Curtis
March 15, 2019

Google has just announced the launch of its new Android Q update which will replace the current Android 9 Pie OS which now comes pre-installed on many devices.

While this release is available for any user with a Pixel device, it is meant for developers to test compatibility issues and iron out bugs in the new operating system.

Starting with Android Q, users will have an option to provide location access to an app only while it is being used. There are also expanded privacy-related permission pop-ups for new or newly-started apps.

Google Pixel 3 owners get huge Android boost as major upgrade revealed

Another new feature Google is including with Q is the ability to change your accent colours. It works quite well (on the Pixel 3 XL and not the Pixel 2) but you can now have "only" a single freeform window open on your homescreen.

Android Q will also deliver better graphics, making Vulkan 1.1 mandatory for all 64-bit devices running Android Q and higher. Right now, users can either grant or deny location access to an app which leads to many apps silently tracking the location of their users in the background.

For downloading the images, use this link. It is also introducing Sharing shortcuts which will allow users to directly share content with users inside apps.

Even though the original Pixel-series devices released in 2016 came with no promise of Android Q, Google is still supporting them with this latest version of the firmware, though this is nearly certainly the past year it's doing so.

Keep in mind, Android Q is now in beta - the first beta at that! - so features will likely change or be removed altogether.

How can I get the Android Q beta?

If you prefer, you can download the latest Android Q Beta build and manually flash it to your Pixel device. And when connected to an external monitor, you will be able to use the new desktop mode with your Android phone.

In February, an early access version of Android Q suggested that the new OS may remove the back button, replacing it with a gesture that would be universal across all Android phones, rather than an option provided by the phone maker.

Some low-level system changes to Android ensure that apps will open faster than in previous versions.

So, one way is to get enrolled in the Android Beta program using the link given below, after which the Beta 1 will automatically land your Pixel phone via OTA update. Be warned: this is unstable beta software.

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