Android Q

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Android Q
A version of the Android operating system
Android Q Beta 2 screenshot.jpg
Android Q home screen with the Pixel Launcher
Latest previewQ Beta 2 patch (QPP2.190228.023)[1] / April 10, 2019; 11 days ago (2019-04-10)
Preceded byAndroid 9.0 "Pie"
Support status

Android "Q" is the upcoming tenth major release and the 17th version of the Android mobile operating system. The first beta of Android Q was released on March 13, 2019 for all Google Pixel phones.[2] The final release of Android Q is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019.[3]


Android Q features include:[2]

  • Allows users to control when apps have permission to see their location: never, only when the app is in use (running), or all the time (when in the background).
  • New permissions to access in background photos, video and audio files.
  • Built-in screen recorder.
  • Background apps can no longer jump into the foreground.
  • Improved privacy: limited access to non-resettable device identifiers.
  • Sharing shortcuts, which allow sharing content with a contact directly.
  • Floating settings panel, that allow changing system settings directly from apps.
  • Dynamic depth format for photos, which allow changing background blur after taking a photo.
  • Support for the AV1 video codec, the HDR10+ video format and the Opus audio codec.
  • A native MIDI API, allowing interaction with music controllers.
  • Better support for biometric authentication in apps.
  • Built-in foldable phone support for apps and Android itself.[4]


On March 13, 2019, Google released the first beta of Android Q exclusively on their Pixel phones. The beta was extended to first generation Google Pixel devices due to popular demand.[2] A total of six beta/release candidate versions are planned for release before the final release, which is currently scheduled for the third quarter of 2019.[3][5]

According to Android Police, more phones will support the Android Q beta this year compared to the previous Android Pie beta.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Support and Release Notes". Android Developers Blog. Google. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Burke, Dave (March 13, 2019). "Introducing Android Q Beta". Android Developers Blog. Google. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Program Overview". Android Developers Blog. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  4. ^ Villas-Boas, Antonio. "The upcoming Android Q will make Android more efficient and streamlined than ever, and you can install the beta now". Business Insider. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  5. ^ Hager, Ryne. "Android Q timeline: Six betas planned, final release in Q3". Android Police. Illogical Robot LLC. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  6. ^ El Khoury, Rita. "Even more phones will get early Android betas this year". Android Police. Illogical Robot LLC. Retrieved March 9, 2019.

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