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Android Q Has a Built-In Desktop Mode

Android Q Has a Built-In Desktop Mode”

Google's own-brand devices are some of the best if you want a pure Android experience and it seems they are also worth owning if you want access to the latest features from the internet firm. Owners of eligible devices are able to manually flash Android Q system images which are now also available for download from Google's servers. Android Q allows you to fine-tune control over location sharing; when an app asks for your location data, you can select "allow only while the app is in use" or "allow all the time".

Google's shown off its schedule for beta releases and the final version in a handy timeline. 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.

For downloading the images, use this link.

With Android Q, you have a few seconds after an app has been removed to undo the change.

Speaking about the Q update Dave Burke, VP of Engineering said: "In 2019, mobile innovation is stronger than ever, with new technologies from 5G to edge to edge displays and even foldable screens".

Apps will also find it harder to gain access to things such as photos, videos, and audio. However, I must wonder what delicious dessert will Android Q be named after? "We're making Dynamic Depth an open format for the ecosystem, and we're working with our device-maker partners to make it available across devices running Android Q and later".

Sign in using the Google account associated with Pixel device
Sign in using the Google account associated with Pixel device

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. Google I/O is in May so there will be some more details about Android Q there.

The more traditional way to get the Android Q developer preview is to go the system image/manual flashing route.

Freeform windows will be pretty useful in the desktop mode, so if you wanna enable the same - you just need to look for the "Enable freeform windows" option under the "Apps" section in the developer options menu. The new version of Android prevents apps for opening activities in the background. Bugs in the beta can cause you to have to reset the device.

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.

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.



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