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

15 March 2019

Up until now, the feature has only been available for users in the United States, but as of today, a beta version is rolling out to Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 2 owners in Canada.

Although it's aimed at developers, you can get the Android Beta 1 preview build on your Pixel 3/3Xl, Pixel 2/XL, and on your original Pixel and Pixel XL.

If you own a Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, or Pixel 3 XL, you can jump on this new goodness right now.

Just hours after a disappointing leak surrounding the benchmark of the Google Pixel 3 XL Lite, a fresh insight towards the cheaper Pixel devices has come forth.

Google expects to offer six Android Q beta releases followed by a final release in Q3 2019.

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

There are also camera tweaks, notably for enabling more messing around with depth-of-field control, as well as new audio and video codecs and improved APIs for graphics and neural network performance. Google is also enabling Android Q to prevent apps from launching an activity while in the background, meaning that an app won't be able to just jump to the foreground and take over your focus. If Google incorporates the same sensor that uses the same camera computational techniques to carry out image processing, we will have a real victor on our hands and it will be at a price range that more customers can enjoy and appreciate.

Credit: GoogleGoogle wants to make sending files a quicker process, so it's added Sharing Shortcuts as a feature. So, you have the system-wide dark mode, a redesigned permissions page.

This is a small but important feature because you no longer have to dig into the Settings app to figure out how to tailor an app's alerts. For example, if you're using a browser but you've got no internet connection, a setting panel can pop up and display the Internet Connectivity panel so that you can quickly toggle on Wi-Fi or mobile data without leaving your app.

Basically, Google has done a lot to Android's software guts which promise to make it more capable and slicker to use.

If you don't have a Pixel, you can download system images onto the Android Emulator program on your Windows, Mac or Linux computer. Instead of releasing the first beta only for developers, Google is letting anyone sign up and install the beta. Before then several beta versions of the software will appear.

The same beta program was used for Android Nougat, Oreo and Pie and is very simple, meaning you don't have to get involved in flashing updates or anything complicated.

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