Google has great news about Android Q release

Yolanda Curtis
March 12, 2019

Google released the final version of the Android 9 Pie previous year and the first phones to get the software update were the Pixels, Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6, some Sony Xperia devices, among others. This year, Google has some new plans that will certainly make a lot of people in the Android ecosystem extremely happy.

To recall, besides Pixels and Nexus Google partnered with several smartphone OEMs to run early previews of the Android 9 Pie on some of their compatible phones.

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.

As per a report in Android Police, Iliyan Malchev from Google's Project Treble team revealed in episode 110 of the Android Developers Backstage podcast that "the number [of companies] participating in the beta is bigger for the upcoming Android release".

It's not clear yet on which other brands and smartphones will be allowed on the Android Q beta programme, more details will be revealed in May at Google's I/O 2019 conference, where Google traditionally showcases beta developer previews of its upcoming flagship Android update. Google is yet to officially say anything about Android Q, however given that the company recently made the Android Q beta bug tracker live, it is not too far-fetched to believe that beta launch is imminent.

First found by xda-developer's Mishaal Rahman, the bug tracker for Android Q is already online. That, of course, suggests that the Android Q beta could launch as early as today. Are you excited to get this new flavor of Android on your device?

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'll get you started with our best guess, which is Quesito.

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