Android Q Has a Built-In Desktop Mode

Verizon Google Pixel 3 XL

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. It's no longer so exclusive - the Android Q public beta is rolling out today, and you can install it on any of Google's Pixel phones.

Concluding months of rumours and speculations, search giant Google has finally unveiled Android Q, the company's next major Android OS version.

Android Q will also bring official support to a new form factor, foldable devices, which is excellent news for fans of the new smartphone form factors because it means Google is actively optimizing app experiences on smartphones with foldable screens.

For downloading the images, use this link. They include the system-wide dark mode, although some phones may have issues implementing it at this stage. Since Android Nougat, the finalized version of the OS has been published sometime in August with Android Pie having been pushed out the earliest. There are also expanded privacy-related permission pop-ups for new or newly-started apps. The final edition of the Android Q OS is scheduled to arrive within Q3 this year.

It's potentially disappointing news for anyone hoping Google would offer an "affordable" flagship variant to rival the likes of the iPhone XR and Samsung Galaxy S10e - which offer a range of flagship features at a lower price point.

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There have been some under-the-hood changes to Wi-Fi in Android Q, which Google says will make it faster and more secure to connect to other devices - handy if you've got a house full of smart home tech that needs controlling via app.

XDA Developers reports that the experimental desktop mode enables freefrom multi-windows, allowing users to open apps and move them around however they like. You can also set a custom wallpaper for the desktop.

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.

We must however repeat: this beta is more for developers rather than for general use. Be warned: this is unstable beta software.

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