Google I/O 2019 Android Q Features

We’ve enjoyed a steady stream of Android Q beta previews this year, and Google has now released the final beta update before Android Q is officially available.

Android Q beta 6 doesn’t bring much new to the table, but we do see a focus on gesture navigation tweaks, for one.

“We’ve made further refinements to gesture navigation in beta 6 based on user feedback. First, to ensure reliable and consistent operation, there’s a 200dp vertical app exclusion limit for the Back gesture. Second, we’ve added a sensitivity preference setting for the Back gesture,” Google explained in an emailed release.

Read: How to install Android Q on your phone: A step-by-step guide

Google adds that Android Q beta 6 also includes “all of the features, system behaviors, and developer APIs that you’ll find in the final platform,” including the final API 29 SDK and updated build tools for Android Studio. In other words, we probably shouldn’t expect any more drastic changes between this final beta and the release to market.

Want to get in on the action?

The Android Q beta 6 is currently available for Pixel phones, and you can sign up for the beta here. Google says you should sit tight if you’re on beta 5, as you’ll automatically get the new beta “soon.” Other OEMs will also be rolling out the beta update in the next few weeks, and you can check out details over here.

News of the final Android Q beta means the official Android Q release isn’t far away. In fact, Google says more details regarding the full-fledged release will be “coming soon.” According to Google’s own Android Q timeline, we should expect the final Android Q build to land before the end of September.

The latest version of Android will offer a system-wide dark mode, expanded Smart Reply functionality, and overhauled permissions. Other features include a tweaked sharing menu, Wi-Fi credential sharing via QR code, and much more.

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