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It was expected that Google might drop support for the original Pixel and Pixel XL with Android Q, but Burke's post makes it clear that the company has heard demand from the community for continued support on these devices (and I'll be running the beta on my own OG Pixel). With support for Android Foldables form factor, the platform will include changes such as onResume and onPause to assist multi-resume and more.

Here's a closer look at what this Android Q release delivers, how to get it, and when we can expect additional updates.

There's no guarantee these will make it into the final build of Android Q, mind you - Google teased a dark mode in previous versions of Android, only to pull them in the final release - but a man can dream.

It's also - even at this early stage - brimming with performance improvements for apps and games, and new depth features for images allowing developers to get creative with effects in their apps. So if you are using a ride share app you can let it track your location while it's in use, but forbid the app from learning your location data when not.

Unless you're an Android developer, you may want to give this build of Android Q a pass.

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Portrait photos are all the rage these days, and in Android Q, Google's taking them to another level with a feature called "dynamic depth".

Developers will also be able to show contextually-important system settings within their apps, which harnesses the "Slices" feature that came in Android 9 Pie. The OS version also supports foldable screens. You can also set a custom wallpaper for the desktop. With it, developers can publish share targets that launch a specific activity in their app with content attached. 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. This time around, Google will be taking comments and suggestions via the more common settings menu option as well as a brand new app and Quick Settings Tile dedicated to providing feedback.

Android Q provides more support for passive authentication like face ID. There's a new Sharing Shortcuts feature that "let users jump directly into another app to share content".

Those with compatible phones who are interested in testing this early version of Android Q just need to enroll their device and then check for updates.

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