Published: Thu, June 06, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google Releases Android Q Beta 4

Google Releases Android Q Beta 4

Partners that are participating in the Android Q Beta program will be updating their devices over the coming weeks. That means developers can now start testing their apps on Android Q, and even start implementing some of the new APIs on their apps, so they are ready for when Android Q is publicly released. According to the previously announced release schedule, after Beta 4, there will be two more beta updates (Beta 5 and 6) which will be released in Q3 2019. Per the official Google Developer Console, the other two updates to Android Q are scheduled for "after June". As mentioned, the update brings the final Android Q developer APIs (API level 29), the official API 29 SDK, and updated build tools for Android Studio. Notably, Android Q Beta 4 is causing some Pixel devices to enter a bootloop, but users report that a factory reset resolves the issue - more on this later. Google has made some major changes to the overall interface; To start things off, Dynamic System Updates is now available for Pixel smartphone owners.

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The hidden settings revealed that in Android Q, users will be able to select an option requiring that the user's eyes be open in order to unlock a phone with his or her face. However, Beta 4 allows users to swipe notifications away in both directions. This is also not the first time that Google has skipped couple of months worth of updates (the exact same thing happened when the Pixel 3 launched last year). Still, despite the date of the patch, the Pixel 3 got the update rather late in the month of May.

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