Android Q Gets One Step Closer to the Final Version with the Release of Beta 4

BY Mahit Huilgol

Published 5 Jun 2019

As expected the Android Q Beta 4 has officially arrived. The Beta 4 will offer a much stabler platform for developers to test the compatibility of the apps. Google has also published a standard API level (29) alongside the official SDK for developers.

Developers can access and use the API level 29. Google has also put together some documentation that is expected to help the developers get a firm footing. Furthermore, the developers can also test their apps by referring to a new privacy checklist and behavior changelist.

Applications that use the features of the latest operating system can be published on the Play Store for Q Beta devices. Beta 4 is also referred to as QPP4.190502.018 and bundles the June security patch as well. Meanwhile, users can submit bugs through the Android Beta Feedback app, Reddit sub, and the official issue tracker. The Android Q final is slated to release in Q3 this year and we are two more releases away from the final version.

The release notes also detail known issues on the Android Q Beta 4. The list includes broken metadata on videos in Google Photos, picture-in-picture mode breaking for YouTube, and compatibility issue with finance and banking apps.

At this years I/O Google had introduced a gesture-based navigation system. A recent blog post for this release shows off a wider bar that is superimposed on the app behind it. The bar disappears on the home screen. Android Q Beta 4 is available for Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a and 3a XL. The update can be downloaded as an OTA or you can manually flash by using the Android Beta program.

[via AndroidPolice]