Android Q’s new camera features will make shutterbugs happy

Android Q’s new camera features will make shutterbugs happy

Android Q’s new camera features will make shutterbugs happy

Something to look forward to: Google has finally released the Android Q beta with a big focus on privacy. Aside from the Pixel 3 XL Lite, rumors claim that Google will also launch the Pixel 3 Lite, which will likely feature the Snapdragon 670 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and a 2,915mAh battery.

As The Verge reports, Google today released a preview of the next version of Android. The first release of the OS is far from ready for public use and primarily meant for developers to try out Q and prepare their app for all the changes that it brings.

If you are on Android Q, you can find out how to enable the new desktop mode here.

Starting with Android Q, app developers can access depth information - the XMP (a metadata standard for files) data containing depth information and depth and confidence data (map containing details of distance of objects from the camera lens) from supported hardware cameras - along with the final compressed JPEG file of the photos captured on your phone. Currently, you can give an app access to your location either all the time or not all.

Dark mode arrives in Slack's iOS and Android apps
To do it on iOS you'll want to go to this page, and for Android this one (which will direct you to Google Play). Screengrabs of the app on both operating systems show Slack's Dark Mode comes in a sleek, deep dark grey .

A new interesting feature is sharing WiFi via QR codes, which is much better than changing the password to some simple number array to make the network easier for sharing. Google says this approach "can be useful when you need more control over testing, such as for automated testing or regression testing". 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.

Similar to iOS, now Android users have the ability to prevent apps from using the location while running in the background. Call Screen will answer the phone when an unknown caller rings and communicate with the caller for you.

Given that numerous services offered by the search giant rely on machine learning and the device performs some of these AI tasks, it would be an interesting decision for Google to include the Snapdragon 625 processor into its mid-range smartphones, which lacks the improved AI performance of some of the newer chipsets. The beta program will be opened up to more phones as time goes on (probably after Google I/O in May) - Google has said it wants to extend the program beyond the seven manufacturers (besides Google) that took part last time.

You'll then get future beta updates and eventually the stable release automatically as they appear. Be warned: this is unstable beta software.

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