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Tech Giant Google Releases Android Q Beta on Pixel Phones

Newer features of Android Q are most likely be revealed at the Google IO 2019 event in May

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Google has released the first beta version of Android’s next major update “Q” on Pixel phones with developer-focused tools as well as compatibility features for foldable phones.

“In Android Q, we’ve made more enhancements to protect our users. The operating system (OS) would give users more control over when apps could get location. Users would also be able to control apps’ access to the Photos, Videos and Audio collections via new run-time permissions,” Dave Burke, Vice President of Engineering at Google, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

Google has added several sharing shortcuts to Android Q to facilitate easy and one-tap content sharing.

“When a user wants to share content like a photo with someone in another app Android Q will make it quicker and easier with Sharing Shortcuts, which let users jump directly into another app to share content,” Burke said.

The first beta of Android Q also comes with improvements in the Settings panel, peer-to-peer and Internet connectivity along with better permissions, privacy and security features.

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Additionally, the search engine giant also seems to have focused on camera, media and graphic advancements in Android Q.

“Starting in Android Q, apps can request a Dynamic Depth image which consists of a Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) metadata, making it possible for you to offer specialised blurs and bokeh options in your app. You can even use the data to create 3D images or support Augmented Reality (AR)- photography use-cases in the future,” Bruke added.

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Google is also making Dynamic Depth an open format for the ecosystem and working with device maker partners to make it available across devices running Android Q and later, the post noted.

Newer features of Android Q are most likely be revealed at the Google IO 2019 event in May. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Google Revamps Search Design for Mobile Users

This redesign is first coming to mobiles and would continue rolling out over the next few days

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Google has revamped Search with a redesign that would help mobile users better understand which information is coming from where and what are they looking for.

“The name of the website and its icon appear at the top of the result card to help anchor each result so you can more easily scan the page of results and decide what to explore next,” Jamie Leach, Senior Interaction Designer, Search, Google wrote in blog-post on Wednesday.

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Now when users search for a product or service and Google displays an important advertisement, a highlighted ad label would show on top of the card alongside the web address.

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“This new design allows us to add more action buttons and helpful previews to search result cards, all while giving you a better sense of the web page’s content with clear attribution back to the source,” Leach said.

This redesign is first coming to mobiles and would continue rolling out over the next few days. (IANS)