Android Q Developer Preview Officially Announced

Android Q Developer Preview Officially Announced

For a while now we have been hearing reports about some of the features of Android Q, where the folks at XDA Developers managed to get their hands on a leaked build, but unfortunately there was no mention of when the official developer preview would be launched. There was some speculation that we could be getting close, and now it seems like the time has come.

Google has officially announced the launch of the beta for Android Q. The beta will be initially available to Pixel devices which means that non-Pixel users will have to wait their turn. Note that this is only the beta which means that certain features might not work, or certain features could actually end up getting removed ahead of the final release.

Android Q Developer Preview Officially Announced

Android Q Developer Preview Officially Announced

For a while now we have been hearing reports about some of the features of Android Q, where the folks at XDA Developers managed to get their hands on a leaked build, but unfortunately there was no mention of when the official developer preview would be launched. There was some speculation that we could be getting close, and now it seems like the time has come.

Google has officially announced the launch of the beta for Android Q. The beta will be initially available to Pixel devices which means that non-Pixel users will have to wait their turn. Note that this is only the beta which means that certain features might not work, or certain features could actually end up getting removed ahead of the final release.

Android Q's Developer Preview Could Be Released Soon

Android Q's Developer Preview Could Be Released Soon

From what we know about Google’s release habits, they typically release a developer preview for Android early in the year. This will later be followed by an official announcement at Google I/O where they detail some of the features and changes we can expect, and then a full release in the later part of the year.

Given that we’re now towards the end of Q1 2019, it stands to believe that we could be approaching the release of the developer preview. In fact in a tweet by XDA Developers’ editor-in-chief, Mishaal Rahman, the bug tracker for Android Q has already been opened which suggests that the release of the developer preview could be close at hand.

Google Could Make Android Q's Preview Available Much Earlier To Users

Google Could Make Android Q's Preview Available Much Earlier To Users

The next major build for Android will be Android Q and it is largely expected that the update should be released in 2019. Also given that Google tends to release previews ahead of the release, we expect that this should remain the same as well. However it now seems that Android Q’s preview could potentially be released much earlier.

This was teased during the recent Android Dev Summit where according to Hung-ying Tyan from Google’s Project Treble team, he gave a talk about Generic System Images which is basically Android in its purest form based on AOSP code that allows for the testing of Android compatibility.

Sony Allows Psn Id Changes In System Software 6.10 Preview

Sony Allows PSN ID Changes In System Software 6.10 Preview

It was reported earlier this year that Sony might finally allow PlayStation owners to change PSN name. Gamers have longed for this ability but it has never been possible to do this. Sony started surveying users about the possibility of a new feature which would let them change PSN ID. PlayStation owners will now be delighted to hear that Sony is testing out PSN name changes if system software 6.10 preview.

Google Releases Final Preview Of Android P

Google Releases Final Preview Of Android P

Earlier this year Google released the developer preview of Android P, the next major update scheduled for Android. The company has since released multiple developer previews and the good news is that if you've been hoping that the update will be released soon, you'll be pleased to learn that it's now one step closer to that reality.

In a post on the Android Developers Blog, Google has announced that the latest and final preview for Android P has been released. What this means is that following this release, there will be no more developer previews and that the next time we see an Android release it will be for the official version of Android P, which at the moment still does not have an official name, although presumably it will be version Android 9.0.

Android P Developer Preview Download Available Now

Android P Developer Preview Download Available Now


Google was expected to offer the Android P developer preview download this month and that is precisely what the company has done today. Factory images for the next major iteration of the Android platform have been released today by the company. Developers and Android enthusiasts can now get it up and running on select devices.

As expected, Android P brings support for the notch, something that Apple popularized with the iPhone X and is now being widely embraced by Android OEMs. Android P will let apps manage how the content is displayed on devices with a notch on the front.

First Android P Developer Preview Download May Be Available Soon

First Android P Developer Preview Download May Be Available Soon


Google’s OEM partners are still in the process of gradually rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to their compatible handsets while the company is gearing up to introduce the next major platform update for Android. It’s expected that Google will offer the first Android P Developer Preview download in the near future as the first Android O developer previews were also rolled out in March last year.

Prolific Twitter leakster @evleaks has tweeted that the first Android P Developer Preview download is being targeted for a “mid-month release,” which suggests that the first preview of the next major Android platform update could be out in a couple of weeks from now.

Toyota Auris Coming To Geneva Show, May Preview New Corolla Im

Toyota Auris coming to Geneva show, may preview new Corolla iM

Geneva will be a big show for Toyota this year. In addition to a race-prepped version of the new Supra and an updated Aygo, the company announced it will also reveal a completely redesigned Auris compact hatchback. The name may not be familiar to you, but the car is, because it's sold in America as the Toyota Corolla iM, and the Scion iM before that.

To go along with the announcement, Toyota released a teaser of the new hatchback. From what we can tell, it should be a much more stylish, or at least more distinctive, car than the current generation. The lower window line rises toward the roof more gradually than the current model, and the rear hatch leans forward more. The result is that the new Auris appears to have a lower, sportier roofline.

Toyota Crown Concept Could Preview New Lexus Es/gs

Toyota Crown Concept Could Preview New Lexus ES/GS

Toyota has revealed the first details of a new sedan concept it's bringing to the Tokyo Motor Show. And it has us wondering if it couldn't preview a new Lexus as well.

What you're looking at here is the Toyota Crown concept, previewing what will, when it reaches showrooms next summer, be the fifteenth generation of a model line stretching all the way back (in the Japanese Domestic Market) to 1955.

Brats Preview Live Dvd With 'pain' Music Video

BRATS preview live DVD with 'Pain' music videoJapanese girls rock band BRATS have released a live music video for "Pain" (with lyrics co-written by singer Rei Kuromiya), one of the new songs they debuted at their March 29 "Reborn" concert at Ikebukuro Live Inn Rosa, the band's first live event in over 2 years. 


The full 6-song live performance is included as a special DVD in the limited-edition release of BRATS' double-A-side single "Ainikoiyo"/"Nounai Shoukyo Game" on sale in Japan on June 21.  

Preview: 2018 Lexus Ls 500 First Drive

Preview: 2018 Lexus LS 500 First DriveCar & Driver travelled to Japan for an advance preview of the fifth-generation Lexus LS 500 — the resulting article is an awkward read overall, but it does include the first journalist drive of the new flagship sedan (however brief):
Our preview of the Lexus LS included a short drive of some early engineering mules.

Sony Xperia Z2 Gets Unofficial Android N Dev Preview

Sony Xperia Z2 Gets Unofficial Android N Dev Preview When Google officially released Android N’s developer preview, they only made it available to Nexus handsets. We suppose this shouldn’t really come as a surprise since Nexus devices are as “pure” as they get when it comes to Android smartphones. However Google later hinted that it could make its way to non-Nexus handsets.