Android 10 beta rolls out


Google wants to make it as easy as possible for you to try Android Q on a device, so it's offering the Android Beta Program again this year. Google expects to have six beta releases this year before the final rollout, so you might want to wait for another couple of iterations. This is a major update for Android from Google's perspective as it focuses on refining the Pie experience while laying more focus on user privacy and security. Here's the site where you can download them.

Sharing your Wi-Fi network password with friends or asking for theirs can be awkward.

Credit: GoogleUnless you're devotedly toggling the settings before and after each time you use something like Google Maps, it's most likely that you're giving any apps that ask for your location your permission once, and then leaving it on forever, letting apps track your movements even if you're not using them.

Similar to iOS, now Android users have the ability to prevent apps from using the location while running in the background.

So far there's no mention of any other handsets in the list, but we suspect that will change by the time Google I/O comes around and the company launches it officially.

That might be because Google is testing several configurations of the device or we could see different Pixel 3 Lite and 3 Lite XL variants commercially released eventually. What should Android Q be called?

In addition to these, Android Q brings new connectivity APIs onboard along with support for more media codecs and camera improvements. Given the current smartphone design direction of more screen and less bezel, it's unlikely Google has dropped the idea completely.

If you are on Android Q, you can find out how to enable the new desktop mode here. A desktop mode, allowing Android apps to run in a windowed format similar to a PC or Mac, was also present. Again, these features aren't now in the beta, but could well reappear again at a later date.

Go to Settings System Advanced System Update to check for available downloads.

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

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. 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. Be warned: this is unstable beta software.