Google recently released the Android Q Beta 4 after the Beta 3 that went live in May. This version freezes the API (level 29), which means that application developers can fully test the functionality, compatibility, and stability of apps based on this version. According to the previously announced release schedule, after Beta 4, there will be two more beta updates (Beta 5 and 6) which will be released in Q3 2019. The stable version is expected to arrive in August.
At present, the Android developer’s official website has launched a factory image (APP4.190502.018) for all Pixel phones (including Pixel 3a/3a XL) and pushes to related mobile phone users who have registered the Beta project. Interestingly, Essential Phone is already receiving the Beta 4. Note that if you registered and got the Beta 3, you’ll automatically get the update to Beta 4. Google said “Today we’re releasing Beta 4 with the final Android Q APIs and official SDK — the time is now to get your apps ready for the final release later in the summer”
In terms of changes, Android Q Beta 4 added native face unlocking, gesture navigation, rotation lock floating button, bottom strip lengthening, notification management to introduce priority prompt icon, status bar notification message can be cleared from any direction, and so on.
What to expect on Android Q Beta 4
- Privacy features like new location permissions, restrictions on background activity start, changes to data and identifiers
- Scoped storage, location permission for wireless scans, and permission for fullscreen intents are available
- Gestural navigation
- Multimedia experience features like — Dark Theme, suggested replies and actions in notifications, sharing shortcuts, and settings panels
- Camera gets dynamic depth format. In addition, AV1 for video streaming and HDR10+ for high dynamic range video are available
- Backward-compatible BiometricPrompt API available in the AndroidX library
- Audio playback capture enables captioning or gameplay recording
How to get the Beta 4?
You can enroll any supported device here to get the update over-the-air. If you’re already enrolled, you’ll receive the update soon and no action is needed on your part. Downloadable system images are also available here. Partners that are participating in the Android Q Beta program will be updating their devices over the coming weeks.