Android Q Beta may launch today with Support for additional Smartphones

Donna Miller
March 11, 2019

The new report suggests that for the next Android version aka Android Q, Google is working on collaborating with more and more OEMs to have them run Android Q Beta update. That shows you the problems with fragmentation that Android still has. And a Google engineer has now confirmed that more manufacturers will support the Android Q beta ... We will soon know more about it, though.

Historically, Google had limited availability of the early Android beta versions to the Google Pixel series, but previous year was the first time that non-Pixel devices were compatible with the beta version.

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Even though it still feels like we're just getting going with Android Pie in some ways, the next version of Android is just around the corner. We had, I believe, eight OEMs including Pixels, so seven OEMs other than Pixel.

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"A$3 t Google I/O [2018], when we did the first beta, we had all these companies lined up and that was really that awesome". As you might notice, big names like Samsung, LG, and Huawei are missing from the list, but this year the number of Android smartphones that will be compatible with the Android Q Beta will be bigger. I can not share the exact numbers yet. If it's similar to Android Pie in release schedule, we might even seen the first developer previews landing very soon.

With Android Pie in 2018, this mean manufacturers like Sony, Oppo, OnePlus, Nokia, Essential and Xiaomi were able to join the early beta phase and have the new software available to try, weeks before it was released publicly.

Something to look forward to: The future of Android is shaping up as Android Q nears developer preview status.

Illiyan didn't reveal the exact number of devices that will possibly be a part of the Android Q Beta Program, neither did he identify the phones.

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