The Android Q beta will include more smartphones than Android’s Pie

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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. Generally, we have seen Google launching its new Android Versions around August and we can expect the same this year also. 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.

As Android Police reports, Iliyan Malchev from Google's Project Treble team revealed the move in a discussion on the Android Developers Backstage podcast. According to the bug tracker for Android Q Beta the beta will launch within 24 hours. The list included several brand new Android handsets, even devices that were not available in stores: Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21, OnePlus 6, and Essential PH-1. We had, I believe, eight OEMs including Pixels, so seven OEMs other than Pixel.

The sheet says it's an unknown device running Android Q AOSP on ARM64 processor but we all know what the "walleye" codename means - Google Pixel 2. If it's similar to Android Pie in release schedule, we might even seen the first developer previews landing very soon. The first Android P developer preview was released in March, with the second Android P developer preview, known as Android P Beta, released at Google I/O in May past year and featuring several OEMs in the beta programme.

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Android Developer Mr. Illiyan Malchev revealed in a podcast that Google is going to introduce Android Q Beta update for more smartphones than its previous iteration.

It's worth pointing out that the early beta releases are very unstable, and tend to take away a lot of features in devices that would otherwise work on a stable version of Android.

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