In the early hours of the morning, Google officially launched the first beta version of Android Q. The full range of Pixel phones can experience this latest system.
According to the official blog, Android Q brings many additional privacy and security features to users, as well as enhancements for collapsible devices, new APIs for connectivity, new media codecs and camera features, NNAPI extensions, support Vulkan 1.1, faster application startup, etc.
Giving users more control over location
With Android Q, the OS helps users have more control over when apps can get location. As in prior versions of the OS, apps can only get location once the app has asked you for permission, and you have granted it.
One thing that’s particularly sensitive is apps’ access to location while the app is not in use (in the background). Android Q enables users to give apps permission to see their location never, only when the app is in use (running), or all the time (when in the background).
More privacy protections in Android Q
In Android Q, the OS gives users even more control over apps, controlling access to shared files. Users will be able to control apps’ access to the Photos and Videos or the Audio collections via new runtime permissions. For Downloads, apps must use the system file picker, which allows the user to decide which Download files the app can access. For developers, there are changes to how your apps can use shared areas on external storage.