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Android Q beta release with security and privacy improvements.

Google has released the first beta version of the new version of the mobile operating system Android 10 or Android Q, in order to familiarize the user community with new features and improvements.

In Android Q, developers have focused on improving security and privacy, and also added support for all modern mobile technologies, including the 5G communication standard, folding and frameless screens. The android Q accelerated the launch of the system, integrated new audio and video codecs, added support for Vulkan 1.1 and new APIs for connections.

What’s new in Android Q

Android Q pays particular attention to data security and privacy. Users will receive advanced geolocation access permissions for individual applications (disable, allow only when the application is active or always allow) and detailed control over access to shared folders.

Dave Burke notes:

Users will be able to control application access to photos, videos, and audio collections using permission requests that are displayed during certain actions. To download files, applications will have to use the system selection tool, and users will be able to decide which files the application can access.

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In addition, Android Q will prevent the use of the Activity component when applications are in the background, restrict access to permanent device identifiers such as the serial number and IMEI, and by default activates MAC address randomization when connected to different Wi-Fi networks.

In addition to new privacy features, Android Q will add support for the innovative AV1 video codec for streaming high-quality content with less traffic, support for Opus audio coding, support for HDR10 +, support for Vulkan 1.1, and experimental support for the ANGLE graphics abstraction level, as well as the ability to access the main system settings from the context of your application.

Other notable features include support for a dynamic depth format for photos, improved peer-to-peer Internet connections, Wi-Fi performance mode, Wi-Fi resolution, Bluetooth and mobile connections, and a new native MIDI API that provides connectivity to MIDI devices via NDK ( Native Development Kit).

Android Q also offers accelerated application launch and TLS 1.3 support to enhance application security. Developers will get new ways to attract users, such as support for multiple renewals and inform the application about the state of the focus, support for folding and frameless screens, as well as sharing shortcuts (Sharing Shortcuts) to make file sharing between users faster and more convenient.

If you want to familiarize yourself with these new features, please note that Android Q Beta is only available for supported Pixel devices, including the original Pixel and Pixel XL. Also available are preliminary versions of the SDK for developers. Register your device with Android Q Beta to get the test version.

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Daniel Zimmermann

Daniel Zimmermann has been writing on security and malware subjects for many years and has been working in the security industry for over 10 years. Daniel was educated at the Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany and currently lives in New York.

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