Android Q Beta on partner devices

During the Google I/O19, the Mountain View tech giant released the third beta (3rd beta) of its latest version of the Android Q. The good news is that it will not be restricted to just the Google Pixel devices. The company has announced that 15 models from manufacturers like Sony, Nokia, OnePlus, Asus, Vivo, and Xiaomi will also participate in the beta test.

At the event, the company even released the affordable versions of its Pixel smartphones – The Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL.

The scene is similar to last year, but you can say that this year is the largest range of devices that will test the new version of Google’s operating system. With this, it is likely to see more models updated before the end of 2019.

The update is also reaching the first generation of Google Pixel, something that was not in the plans, since, of course, the latest update would be Android 9.0 Pie. In addition to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, obviously the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL also getting the update. See below for models that can subscribe to Android Q Beta:

  • Asus Zenfone 5Z
  • Essential PH-1
  • HMD Global Nokia 8.1
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • LG G8 ThinQ
  • OnePlus 6T
  • Oppo Reno
  • Realm 3 Pro
  • Sony Xperia XZ3
  • Tecno Spark 3 Pro
  • Vivo X27
  • Vivo NEX S
  • NEX A
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 9

The company also providing Android Q Beta 3 Generic System Images (GSI), a testing environment for other supported Treble devices.

The listed models will be able to appreciate some of the features spoken in the event, such as the new dark theme for the entire operating system, new gestures, similar to those of the iPhone, among other features.

Anyone who already owns the last two generations of Google Pixel can check the update on their smartphone through the following path: Settings > System > Advanced > System Update and see if it is available. For others, you need to sign up for the Beta program.

System beta updates are intended especially for developers looking to create or update their applications and may contain serious glitches. So make sure what you are doing before proceeding.