Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
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First Android Q beta release may be sooner than you think

First Android Q beta release may be sooner than you think

Most of us are expecting some kind of Android Q beta to kick off at Google IO 2019, but before that happens, Google may be looking run a smaller-scale test.

Google released the final version of the Android 9 Pie past year and the first phones to get the software update were the Pixels, Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6, some Sony Xperia devices, among others.

The beta version of Android Q will be available on more devices than even Android Pie, according to Iliyan Malchev, an Android developer working for Google. Furthermore, the bug tracker's filter mentioned that only the reports that are made after the 11th of March will be taken into consideration.

For Android Pie beta programme, brands like Essential, Nokia, OnePlus, Oppo, Sony, Vivo and Xiaomi were chosen and their select phones were a part of the early beta tests of unreleased Android P at the time.

Speaking to the hosts of the Android Developers Backstage podcast, the Project Treble team said the number of companies participating in the Android 10 beta will be bigger than the previous year.

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

But it's also worth noting that early beta releases are extremely unstable and it is advised against flashing it on primary devices. Interested folks can side-load the beta version of Android Q upon release on their secondary devices.

If you have a phone such as a Pixel or a phone that received the Beta past year go and charge it and get ready to check out the beginnings of what to expect in Android Q.

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. Not many options out there, so you can throw your guess.

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