Android Q Beta 5 Now Available for Pixel Devices!

Android Q Beta 5 Now Available for Pixel Devices!


Android Q Beta 5 “Release Candidate” arrives

The Android Q Beta 5 has been released for Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3a XL. The newest build arrives qpp5.190530.014 and is the first “release candidate” of Q.

With a release candidate, we should be getting close to final everything, with final APIs already available from the previous beta. This build should be the most stable and is probably worth you taking for a spin if you had been holding out. After this Beta 5, the final release candidate will be Beta 6 before Android Q is released into the wild as stable.

ANDROID Q BETA 5

Date: July 2019
Build: QPP5.190530.014
Emulator support: x86 (32/64-bit)
Security patch level: July 2019
Google Play services: 17.7.85

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Which Android App Beta Programs are You a Part Of?

Which Android App Beta Programs are You a Part Of?


Google Messages just picked up a beta program, so that got me curious about which other apps you guys are currently beta testing.

After Google opened up the opportunity for beta versions of apps through Google Play some years ago, I can tell you that I tend to enroll in as many as I can. That’s partly because of Google’s stupid staged rollouts and I like/need to get updates as quickly as possible, but I also like to live a little wild and test new sh*t.

The list of Google apps I’m currently testing in beta includes apps like YouTube, the Google app, Digital Wellbeing, Phone, Google Play Services, Gboard, and Google Maps. It’s not just Google apps that you can beta test, though. I’m also enrolled in beta programs for Foursquare’s Swarm, Nanoleaf, Feedly, VLC, Instagram, and Nova Launcher. I’m sure there are others, but my list is … Read the rest

Hey, Google Messages Now has an Android Beta to Join

Hey, Google Messages Now has an Android Beta to Join


Google Messages, like so many of Google’s apps, now has a beta program. It’s free to join and might give you an earlier look at new features before the rest of the world gets them.

To join, all you need to do is hit that Google Play link below from your phone. Once there, you’ll scroll down the Messages app page past the “Developer contact” section. You should see a box that says to “Join the beta,” along with a button to “JOIN.”

By joining, you’ll get builds before they reach stable that will allow you to test out new stuff. Google still slowly rolls out updates to the beta track too, so you won’t always be the earliest of the early – you’ll still need to get lucky. But either way, you will be earlier than those not in the beta, if that matters to you.

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iOS 13: Apple brings Dark Mode to iPhones and multitasking overhaul to iPads

iOS 13 will remind you to cancel your subscription when you delete an app

Sure, some users will appreciate iOS 13’s dark mode, but features that relate to privacy, quality of life, and user advocacy are likely to be the ones that make the biggest difference for people when Apple’s new iPhone, iPad, and iPod software arrives later this year.

To that point, uninstalling an app to which you have a paid subscription in iOS 13’s latest beta release will lead to a prompt to potentially unsubscribe from that app. This might be a good idea because odds are decent that if you’re deleting the app, you’re not planning to use the related service anymore.

Of course, that won’t always be the case: you could just be removing the app temporarily, you could still plan to use it on another device, or you could even

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Android Q Beta 4 Now Available for Pixel Devices! (Updated: OTA Live!)

Android Q Beta 4 Now Available for Pixel Devices! (Updated: OTA Live!)


Android Q Beta 4 is now available for Pixel devices!

The Android Q Beta 4 is available now for Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3a XL. The newest build arrives as qpp4.190502.018.

Android Q Beta 4

Date: June 2019
Build: QPP4.190502.018
Emulator support: x86 (32/64-bit)
Security patch level: June 2019
Google Play services: 17.4.55

If you’d like to test or load this onto your supported Pixel device in the easiest way possible, head over to the Android Beta site and sign-up. Once the update is made available there, you’ll get it as a system update, just like you would any other update.

  • UPDATE: The over-the-air Q Beta 4 is already live! No need to flash files, friends.

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